International Non-Nursing Applicants

Review the international student requirements before applying for admission. If you plan to enroll in a nursing program, visit the International Nursing Applicant page.


An international must submit one of the following to show proof of English Proficiency:


  • TOEFL score of 79 and greater with a minimum of 15 on each section
  • IELTS score of 6.5 and greater with a minimum of 5.5 on each section
  • PTE score of 58 or greater
  • Duolingo score of 105 or higher

Test scores are to be sent directly to Excelsior University, Office of the Registrar. Students must provide Excelsior University’s name and full address at the time of taking the test.

Scores submitted to Excelsior have a validity period of two years. Scores that are older than two years at the time of application will not be accepted.


The following exemptions exist for students that can provide one of the following for the English language proficiency requirement:

  • Proof of US citizenship as demonstrated by an approved government-issued document.
  • Submission of an official transcript providing proof of a full academic year of high school in the US with passing grade in one year of standard English submitted to (not including ESL or developmental coursework)
  • Submission of an official transcript providing proof of a full year of postsecondary education in the US with a minimum of 24 transferrable semester hours or equivalent taught in English submitted to The Office of the Registrar (not including ESL or developmental coursework)
  • Applicants may be considered for an English proficiency test waiver on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the provost.

What Happens If the International Student Has Insufficient Proof of English Language Proficiency?

If the international student applicant cannot demonstrate proof of English language proficiency, they will be denied admission to the University. The applicant will be advised to improve their English language proficiency and encouraged to reapply later when their command of the English language can be demonstrated.


Excelsior University awards credit for degree-level coursework completed at a university that has been officially recognized as degree or diploma granting by the regulating agency for higher education in your home country. The institution(s) listed below do not need to be evaluated by Excelsior University’s international credential evaluators.

    • To submit a transcript, look for the institution(s) where you earned credit from the list below. Institutions on this list are either institutionally accredited, approved by the New York State Education Department as chartered degree-granting institutions, approved/evaluated by the American Council on Education College Credit Recommendation Service or the National College Credit Recommendation Service, faculty-approved sources, or Excelsior University partners. Institution accreditation dates will be verified upon receipt of transcript.
      * This institution has been evaluated by Excelsior University faculty. Credit will only be awarded for coursework completed beginning with the school year indicated below.
      Excelsior University partner
    • American Samoa Community College
    • Central European University
      Austria location opened 1/4/21 – current.
    • Athabasca University
    • Bais Chaya Mushka Canada* [Fall 2016–Summer 2021]
    • INCAE Business School, from 1992-2017 known as Instituto Centroamericano de Administracion de Empresas
    • CERGE-EI New York, Center for Economics Research and Graduate Education- Economics Institute, Prague
    • American University in Cairo
    • College of Micronesia – FSM
      • Chuuk Campus
      • Kosrae Campus
      • Pohnpei Campus
      • Yap Campus
    • Palau Community College (formerly known as Micronesian Occupational College)
    • American University of Paris
    • American College of Thessaloniki, a division of Anatolia College
    • The American University of Greece – Deree Division and Alba Graduate Business School
    • Guam Community College
    • University of Guam
    • Central European University, Budapest
    • Hungry location closed 8/25/2022. MCHE candidate 1999, accredited 6/23/2004 – 8/25/2022.

    • Ateres Bnos Yerushalayim*[Fall 2013–Summer 2020]
    • Bais Yaakov Bnos Batsheva*[Fall 2016–Summer 2021]
    • Bais Yaakov Levavi* [Fall 2013–Summer 2019]
    • Bais Yaakov Machon Raaya* [Fall 2016–Summer 2021]
    • Bais Yaakov Seminar* (formerly Seminar Yerushalayim) [Fall 2013–Summer 2020]
    • Bais Yaakov Seminary Ki-Tov Sachra* [Fall 2017–Summer 2022]
    • Be’eros Seminary* [Fall 2013–Summer 2016]
    • Beit Chana – Tzvat* [Fall 2014–Summer 2020]
    • Beth Jacob Jerusalem (BJJ)* [Fall 2012–Summer 2023]
    • Binas Bais Yaakov*[Fall 2012–Summer 2019]
    • Bnot Torah Institute*[Fall 2014–Summer 2020]
    • Chemdas Bais Yaakov* [Fall 2014–Summer 2020]
    • Darchei Binah Women’s School for Advanced Torah Studies*[Fall 2013–Summer 2019]
    • Hadar Bais Yaakov*[Fall 2010–Summer 2022]
    • Jewish Bible Association
    • Keser Chaya* [Fall 2012–Summer 2020]
    • Ma’alot Yerushalayim (formerly Zaidner Institute)
    • Machon Maayan* [Fall 2014–Summer 2020]
    • Machon Shoshanat Yerushalayim [Fall 2017-Summer 2022]
    • Me’ohr Bais Yaakov* [Fall 2012–Summer 2023]
    • Mercaz Hatorah (Moshe & Rivka Fink Torah Institute)
    • Nachlas Bais Yaakov* [Fall 2012–Summer 2023]
    • P’ninim of America P’ninim Program* [Fall 2010–Summer 2016]
    • Rinas Bais Yaakov* [Fall 2014–Summer 2020]
    • Seminar Yerushalayim*[Fall 2013–Summer 2014]
    • Seminary Chaya Mushka (Machon Alte)[Fall 2016–Summer 2022]
    • Tehilas Bais Yaakov*[Fall 2014–Summer 2020]
    • Tel-Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine
    • Tiferes Bnos Yaakov Seminary* [Fall 2010–Summer 2016]
    • Tomer Devorah Seminary*[Fall 2014–Summer 2020]
    • Yeshivas Toras Moshe
    • John Cabot University
    • American University of Beirut
    • Lebanese American University
    • Fundación Universidad de Las Americas-Puebla
    • Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
    • Universidad de Las Americas, A.C.
    • American College of Puerto Rico [MCHE accredited 6/25/1982. Ceased operations 12/31/2023]
    • Universidad Adventista de las Antillas (Antillean Adventist University)
    • Universidad Central De Bayamon (Bayamon Central University)
    • Caribbean University (formerly Caribbean University College and Caribbean Junior College)
    • Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico el Caribe
    • Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico
    • ICPR Junior College
    • Inter American University of Puerto Rico
      • Aguadilla Campus
      • Areibo Campus
      • Barranquitas Campus
      • Bayamon Campus
      • Fajardo Campus
      • Guayama Campus
      • Metropolitan Campus
      • Ponce Campus
      • San German Campus
      • School of Law Campus
      • School of Optometry Campus
    • Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (formerly Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Ponce [1991 to 2011] and Catholic University of Puerto Rico [1991 and prior years])
    • Universidad Ana G. Mendez
      • Carolina
      • Cupey
      • Gurabo
    • University of Puerto Rico
      • Aguadilla Campus
      • Areibo Campus
      • Bayamon Campus
      • Carolina Campus
      • Cayey Campus
      • Humacao Campus
      • Mayaguez Campus
      • Medical Sciences Campus
      • Ponce Campus
      • Rio PiedrasCampus
      • Utuado Campus
    • Universidad Del Sagrado Corazon
    • EHL Hospitality Business School, formerly École Hoteliere de Lausanne
    • Franklin University Switzerland, formerly Franklin College
    • Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, formerly Les Roches International School of Hotel Management
    • American University of Dubai
    • Richmond College, the American International University in London
    • Beth Midrash Lemoroth/Gateshead/Jewish Teachers Training College* [Fall 2016–Summer 2022]
    • University of the Virgin Islands
    • If you find your institution(s) listed, have the institution(s) send official transcripts directly to Excelsior University. They do not need to be evaluated by Excelsior University’s international credential evaluators.
    • If you do not find your institution(s) listed, you must use an approved evaluation agency when submitting transcripts or credentials.

Undergraduate programs: International credits for admission into all non-nursing undergraduate programs must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE) and documented on their Subject Analysis Report.

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 200, Milwaukee, WI 53212-3963
Telephone: +1-414-289-3400
Customer Care Contact:
Order: Your subject analysis report online

Graduate programs: International students applying to an Excelsior University graduate program should have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES) to determine bachelor’s degree equivalence of three-year degrees and other foreign credentials.

World Education Services
Attention: Documentation Center
Bowling Green Station
P.O. Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Telephone: +1-212-966-6311


International Admissions Counselor
Phone: +1-518-464-8500


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