International Student Admissions
Thank you for your interest in Alliant International University!
General Admissions Requirements
Alliant has several requirements for admission as an international student, in addition to completing an application. Undergraduate admission requirements are consistent across all Alliant's schools. Graduate program requirements may vary by school, program and campus.
Please review the links below for school-specific admission information:
- Alliant School of Management
- California School of Forensic Studies
- California School of Professional Psychology
- Hufstedler School of Education
- San Francisco Law School
Other Requirements for International Students
Any graduate applicant who has not been residing in the US or an English-speaking country since the age of 13 must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), even if the applicant is now a United States citizen or permanent resident.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English
(TWE) may be required for non-native speakers. Students whose native language is not
English or who have not earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited
U.S. higher education institution are required to show English proficiency by taking
Alliant International University requires a minimum TOEFL score of 80 for the internet based test, a score of 213 for the computer based test or a score of 550 for the paper based test. Alliant also requires a minimum score of 5 or higher on the TWE, if required. Please contact TOEFL directly at www.toefl.org, to request an official score report; Alliant's TOEFL code is 4039.
Alliant will accept IELTS scores of 6.0 or above, or another approved test of English
proficiency with scores equivalent to the TOEFL score minimums.
Some academic programs may allow students who do not meet the English proficiency criteria to be enrolled. Please note that academic performance at Alliant may reveal the necessity for further English language study by any student. The University reserves the right to make the final determination of a student's English proficiency in all cases.
Evidence of Financial Support
If you are not a US citizen and have not been classified by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services as a permanent resident, you must provide evidence of financial support for your studies by submitting the Alliant International Student Financial Certification Form, which is available from the Alliant Admissions Processing Center upon request. This financial guarantee must be signed by the sponsor, if applicable, and certified by a bank official. A bank statement is also requested.
U.S. immigration law prohibits waiver of the financial guarantee. The financial guarantee certifies that sufficient funds are available for a student (and dependents if applicable) for study at the University for at least one academic year; and, barring unforeseen circumstances, that adequate funding will be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years for the full course of study. Without this certified information, the I-20 form or IAP-66 form cannot be issued. The financial guarantee must be current within one year of the student's start date at the University.
Establishing Immigration Status
The Office of International Student Services (ISS) ensures that students acquire the appropriate immigration status to study in the US, and to provide assistance according to the federal guidelines of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS, formerly known as "INS," Immigration and Naturalization Services) and the US Department of Education.
For information about establishing immigration status as an international student, read our Immigration FAQ's. We encourage all international students seeking to apply for academic programs at Alliant to contact the Office of ISS before beginning the application process.
Additional Admission Requirements
All international students must carry a full course load at Alliant.
- Copy of valid passport.
- Transcript Evaluation: International students must submit official, translated transcripts and results from an educational credential evaluation service agency. The evaluation must include degree equivalency to a 4 year bachelor's degree from an accredited university, US semester credit and grade equivalent for each course, and US grade point average. Any graduate level courses and/or degrees should also be included in the evaluation. To locate an agency, go to www.naces.org.
- As part of the Admissions process, a $2,500 USD Tuition Deposit is required prior issuing an I-20. The tuition deposit will be applied in full to the first term/semester tuition. In the event that the visa application is denied or that plans change and the student will not be attending Alliant International University at the agreed upon start date, the student may request a full refund, in US currency, by sending an email to Student Business Services at:email@example.com with the reason for the request.
Pre Arrival Guide - (PDF)
For additional information, questions and to learn more about services and programs at Alliant that support the international student experience, prospective and current students can contact the Office of International Student Services (ISS) in San Diego.