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International Admission Requirements

Our Campus International Experience programs are changing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact our International Admission office for more information 603.645.9629

*These requirements are for international applicants for on campus study only. If you would like to study online, please refer to our Online Admission section (note: online applicants do not qualify for an F-1 visa).

Step 1.

Complete our Application

Step 2.

Pay $40.00 USD Application Fee

Applications will not be processed and documents will not be accepted until the Application Fee is paid.

Step 3.

Submit Official Documents.

Please submit the following documents:

Step 3A.

Diplomas and Transcripts:

SNHU requires official transcripts and academic documents for full admission, however some applicants may be considered for a limited admission based on unofficial transcripts. For admission consideration, students must provide:

Official Academic Documents:

All transcripts submitted must be official or attested copies of degrees, diplomas, or certificates. Academic documents must include an official transcript with record of courses and grades/marks received. Transcripts should be issued by the institution in a sealed and stamped envelope or sent via a secure transcript service (examples Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScripts, Digitary Core etc.). 

Official electronic transcripts should be sent to:

Official paper academic documents must be mailed to:

International Admission SNHU
2500 North River Road, Manchester, NH 03106, USA


Unofficial Transcripts and Academic Documents

  • Unofficial Academic Document
  • Signed SNHU Attestation Document

Note: An official transcript (or attested copy) showing degree conferral must be provided to SNHU by the end of the first term at SNHU or the student will be unable to continue in their degree program. Official transcripts are issued by the institution in a sealed and stamped envelope.

Unofficial transcripts, bank documents, affidavit of support, and copy of passport page may be submitted via email to:
Undergraduate Admission:
Graduate Admission:

Undergraduate GPA Requirements:

  • Equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5/4.0 or equivalent
    (Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 – 2.49 may be eligible for provisional admission)

Graduate GPA Requirements:

  • Equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree
  • Minimum GPA 2.75/4.0 equivalent
    (Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 – 2.74 may be eligible for provisional admission)

Note: Southern New Hampshire University recognizes 3-year 180 ECTS credit bachelor’s degrees (conferred after 2003, or year of Bologna Process adherence) from institutions in member countries that adhere to the Bologna Process as the equivalent of a 4-year 120 semester credit bachelor’s degree from the United States. 

SAT, ACT, GMAT, or GRE scores are not required for admission.

Please note that an application is not complete until all official documents have been received. Scanned copies of transcripts directly from students are not accepted. If you are considering having your credentials evaluated by a credential evaluation service (not required), please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) for a list of SNHU-approved providers.

*If you are applying only for the Intensive English Program, you do not need to submit an academic diploma & transcript.

Step 3B.

English Proficiency Score

Students wishing to enter directly into an Undergraduate or Graduate academic program must provide evidence of English proficiency by one of the following options:

English Proficiency scores must be officially reported.
SNHU's school code is 3649

*Not required for ESL applicants or those planning to study at SNHU’s Intensive English Program before matriculation. Students who have completed a degree in the US or have a degree fully taught in English may have the English proficiency score requirement waived. To see the current list of countries where SNHU campus admission will waive the proficiency score requirements for Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, please visit our Academic Catalog.

Undergraduate & Graduate
Test Score
IELTS 6.0 (sub scores: ≥ 5.5)*
PTE 54
Duolingo 100
GTEC (Japan only) 1140
ELS 112
Michigan 85
ASC English Completion of Level 6
FLS Completion of Level 15

*Sub scores are not considered for graduate admission, but may be for undergraduate placement: Undergraduate applicants with 71-78 TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS (and no sub score below 5.5) will be required to take Fundamentals of Writing for International Students concurrent with their academic program.

Students may enter an undergraduate academic program via our academic bridge program based on the following scores:

Undergraduate - Undergraduate Language Studies
(Academic English Bridge)
Test Score
TOEFL 61-70
IELTS 6.0 (sub scores: ≤ 5.0)
PTE 49-53
Duolingo 95
GTEC (Japan only) 1076
ELS 109-111
Michigan 80-84
ASC English Completion of Level 5
FLS Completion of Level 14

Students from non-English speaking countries with no proof of English proficiency, or scores below the minimum requirement, will be enrolled in the ESL program prior to their degree program. Indian graduate students are not eligible to enroll in the ESL program.

SNHU verifies all English proficiency test scores with the testing organizations. Any applicant submitting scores that are inaccurate will be denied admission.

Undergraduate applicants with 71-78 TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS (and no sub score below 5.5) will be required to take Fundamentals of Writing for International Students concurrent with their academic program.

099i will be waived for undergraduate students with TOEFL 79/IELTS 6.5 or higher.

Step 3C

Proof of Financial Support

Official document demonstrating the ability to cover the financial obligation of studying in the US for the first year.
Minimum Requirement:

Program Minimum/Year
Undergraduate (Bachelor) $46,600
Graduate (Master) $28,700
Undergraduate Language Studies (ULS) $14,600
ESL (English) $12,800
Semester at SNHU          $23,200
Experience English $3,000

Please complete the financial affidavit and return it with your documentation if you have requested sponsorship from someone besides yourself.

Step 3D.


A color copy of current passport biography page.

Step 4.

Admission Review

Once the application file is complete the admission review will take 2-4 weeks. If you have any questions, please contact us at

*Applicants submitting admission documents (transcripts, bank documents, English proficiency scores, etc.) that are found to have been altered or fabricated will be denied admission. Denials based on fraudulent documents cannot be appealed.