International applicants to the University of Saint Francis should start their correspondence several months prior to enrollment and follow the same application process as domestic students, with a few additional requirements. Those who do not yet have a visa must be admitted to USF no less than 60 days before the start of the semester. We’ve done our best to keep the process as streamlined as possible for you. If you have any questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact our admission counselors—we’re here to help!
Here’s a summary of what you’ll need to complete your application. This list includes the standard application components. The university requires all documents to be in English or translated into English. If applicable, official documents such as transcripts need to be translated by a certified translator.
Students whose first language is not English must submit an English language exam score to the university from one of the agencies below.
Accepted English proficiency exams and minimum scores for admissions consideration
All international applicants are required to submit a financial statement showing financial ability sufficient to cover tuition, room and board, other expenses for one year (Fall and Spring semesters) at USF, after scholarships have been applied. This must be a notarized bank statement from a checking, spending, or savings account. We cannot accept lines of credit or credit balances for the financial statement. The statement should be in English, or translated by a certified translator, and converted to U.S. Dollars.
If the student is not the account holder, the person whose name is on the account will need to send an accompanying letter or email stating their name, their relationship to the student, and that they are responsible for paying tuition while the student is enrolled at USF.
Though the university does not require health insurance, students who wish to get coverage can do so. USF works with E.J. Smith & Associates for insurance plans and students can look at the options on their website. If students have questions or need help finding what they need, they can call E.J. Smith at 847-564-3660 to speak to a representative.
Student athletes are required to have health insurance coverage and should contact their coach or athletic trainer for more information.
Your student account is the place for paying your tuition and fees online. The University of Saint Francis has teamed up with TransferMate to provide a streamlined and secure payment method through your student account that also reduces bank fees and improves your payment experience. Students can pay tuition and fees in their local currency from nearly any country.
To use TransferMate, you will log into your student account, select Make A Payment, choose TransferMate from the dropdown menu and follow the prompts.
USF does not allow overpayments. If you transfer more funds than what is due on the student account, we may return the total or overpayment amount to the originating bank. Students may opt to keep the credit on the student account to cover future charges. Overpayments will not be refunded.
International students qualify for a variety of institutional scholarships, including academic, talent, and athletic scholarships. Some may require students to apply for the scholarship to be eligible.