International Students

The Office of International Programs provides services and advocacy for international students. We offer assistance with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) procedures, particularly for visa status maintenance and employment options.

Additionally, we provide pre-semester orientation for new students, adjustment workshops for continuing students, and re-entry workshops for graduating students. We also coordinate access for international students to both University and external resources, for insurance, banking, social security, and daily life needs.

Contact Information:

Michael Laffey - Manager International Study Programs

Stroud Hall 103
(570) 422-3527
(570) 422-3579 (Fax)

Who is an International Applicant?

International students are applicants who are not United States citizens or who are permanent resident aliens. All international students must apply using the online international freshmen or transfer application. Students who have attended any post-secondary institution after high school graduation are considered transfer applicants.

When to Apply

Prospective international students can apply starting July 2015 for the spring or fall 2016 semesters. Applications are only available online at

Deadline for Applying

Applications deadlines for the Spring 2016 semester is November 1, 2015, and the application deadline for the Fall 2016 semester is May 1, 2016

Application and Review Process

 Application and review process:

  1. Completed International Students Undergraduate Application (online only).
  2. $50 application fee. Check or money order payable to East Stroudsburg University.
  3. Completed Financial Support Statement with supporting documentation such as bank statements, employer sponsorship letter, or scholarship/fellowship/assistantship letter.
  4. All secondary and post-secondary academic records, including official evaluations from an agency that is an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  5. Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Not required if English is your native or primary language.
  6. Completed Promise to Provide Room and Board form if anyone will be providing room and board for you while a student at ESU.
  7. If you are already in the United States, you must send a copy of all printed sides of the current I-20 or DS-2019.

All application materials and supporting documents must be mailed to the Office of Admission, International Undergraduate Admission, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg PA 18301 USA by the established deadlines.

    Academic Transcripts

    A certified (official) copy of all educational credentials (transcripts) from all secondary or post-secondary institution attended must be submitted. If non-English, a certified literal translation must be submitted with all documents.

    Educational Credential Evaluations

    **All students who apply for admission to the University with transcripts from a foreign secondary or post-secondary educational institution will be required to submit an official educational credential evaluation.

    Below is a list of some evaluation companies. This is not a comprehensive list of all authorized evaluation companies. East Stroudsburg University prefers that students use the services of companies that are approved members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

    *All of the companies listed below are current members of NACES.

    World Education Services, Inc.
    International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
    Foreign Academic Credential Service, Inc.

    Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
    Education Evaluators International, Inc.
    SpanTran Educational Services

    English Proficiency

    TOEFL: All non-native speakers of English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language administered by the Education Testing Service (ETS). Scores should be sent directly from ETS. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer version), or 79 (internet-based) is required for admission to East Stroudsburg University. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Student may also take the IELTS test. A minimum band score of 6.0 is required for admission to East Stroudsburg University.

    Applicants will be notified of our decision in writing. Spring applicants will be notified by December and Fall applicants will be notified by May. Those who are offered admission will be provided with an application for Student (F-1) Status [Form I-20] along with instructions regarding entry into the U.S., change of status (if necessary), and new student orientation (fall semester only).

    Notification of Admission

    • Applicants will receive communication via the email address provided on the application throughout the admission process.
    • Applicants should be sure to keep their address updated with ESU and check their inbox and spam folders often. Any changes should be emailed to with your full name and ID number.
    • Applicants can also check their status online at for real-time updates. 
    • Applications are reviewed beginning in November for spring and mid-February for fall. 
    • Applicants should apply early so that information necessary for preparation of their visa can be secured and processed.