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International Student Admission FAQs

Check out the International Student Admission frequently asked questions (FAQs) for guidance on how you can get started as a new international SXU student!


Any student requiring SXU sponsorship for a government issued student visa is considered an international student. Saint Xavier University sponsors students for F-1 visas.

Prospective students who hold legal permanent residency in the United States should refer to our domestic undergraduate admission or domestic graduate admission pages.

Students who are currently in the United States on another visa type (B, H, J, M, R, or other) should contact the international specialist to discuss their educational options.

A Form I-20 from the sponsoring school is required in order to apply for an F-1 visa. This document will be issued to admitted students upon receipt of the $100 tuition deposit. Please refer to the U.S. Department of State Website for information about the process for obtaining a visa.

Some current visa holders must request a change of visa status before they can begin classes. You can file USCIS Form I-539 once you have received your Form I-20 from Saint Xavier University. This change of status must be approved before these students can begin classes.

Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 per academic year are granted to eligible undergraduate students based on academic merit. Scholarship opportunities are limited for graduate students and are discussed with the program director after admission.

For most international undergraduate and graduate students, the deadline is May 1 for the fall semester (classes begin in August) and October 1 for the spring semester (classes begin in January). Applications will not be reviewed until all documents have been received. International students who apply after the deadline cannot be considered, as they will not have enough time to receive their visa.

For current F-1 visa holders transferring to Saint Xavier University, the deadline is June 30 for the fall semester (classes begin in August), and November 30 for the spring semester (classes begin in January).

Students interested in certain graduate programs have earlier deadlines.

 If a student has not met the admission requirements for consideration (i.e.: minimum scores for TOEFL, GRE) it is recommended that he/she take steps to meet those requirements before submitting an application. Saint Xavier University does not currently offer English as a second language (ESL) or TOEFL-prep coursework.

 Undergraduate students under the age of 23 are eligible to reside in University housing. SXU is not able to offer housing to graduate students or undergraduate students older than 23.