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-enrollment 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:

Steve Ives - 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 permanent resident aliens. All international students must apply using the online international freshman or transfer application. Students who have attempted 12 or more credits at any post-secondary institution after high school graduation are considered transfer applicants.

When to Apply

Prospective international students can apply starting in July 2021 for the Spring or Fall 2022 semesters. The application is available online at  Applicants should apply early so that information necessary for preparation of their non-immigrant student visa can be secured and processed.

Deadline for Applying

Spring 2022 Semester November 1, 2021
Fall 2022 Semester May 2, 2022

Application Requirements and Review Process

  1. Completed International Student Undergraduate Application (online only) at
  2. $25 application fee paid online.
  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) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - 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-2020.

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 credentials, a certified literal translation must be submitted with all documents.

    Educational Credential Evaluations

    **All students who apply for admission to the ESU 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. ESU 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 (TOEFL) 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. 

    IELTS: Applicants may also take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.  A minimum band score of 6.0 is required for admission to ESU.

    Notification of Admission

    • Applicants will receive communication throughout the admission process via the email address provided on the application.
    • Applicants should keep their address updated with ESU and check their inbox and spam folders. Email any changes to with your full name and ID number (found on all communication).
    • Admissions decisions are communicated in writing by email and/or postal mail.  Applicants can also check their status online for real-time updates. 
    • For the Spring 2022 semester, applications will be reviewed beginning in November and applicants will be notified by December.  For the Fall 2022 semester, applications will be reviewed beginning in February and applicants will be notified by May.
    • Those offered admission will be provided an application for Student (F-1) Visa Status [Form I-20:Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status] along with instructions regarding entry into the U.S., change of status (if necessary), and new student orientation (fall semester only).