St. Bonaventure University encourages qualified international students to apply for admission
When applying to St. Bonaventure University as an international student, there are three phases of the admissions process.
- Phase 1: Review of academic credentials;
- Phase 2: Certification of Financial Responsibility;
- Phase 3: Confirmation of enrollment and issuing of I-20 application for student visa.
If you have questions about international admission, please contact the international admissions team
Phase 1: Review of Academic Credentials
The following credentials and test scores must be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than three months prior to the anticipated date of entrance to the university (June 1 for the fall semester and Oct. 1 for spring semester):
Originals of OFFICIAL credentials (transcripts, diplomas, etc.) with appropriate seals/stamps from all previous institutions attended must be submitted to St. Bonaventure University. These documents should bear the signature of the school principal or headmaster. If these are not originally issued in English, you must provide a translation completed by a certified translator.
While official copies of academic and testing records are required, the Admissions Office can make use of photocopied records for purposes of an initial non-binding review.
The Office of Admissions does not require a WES (or equivalent) evaluation of secondary school transcripts for undergraduate admission — just translation into English. A WES report may be required if the provided transcript is insufficient for translation. Contact information for preferred transcript evaluation firms is listed below:
ADMISSION & LANGUAGE TESTS
One of these tests will be required: TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT. If you take the SAT, the reading score must be higher than 480 to waive the TOEFL or IELTS. If you take the ACT, reading score must be higher than 21 to waive the TOEFL or IELTS. If your reading score is below a 480 on the SAT or below a 21 on the ACT, your application will be reviewed by admissions on an individual basis. In some cases the admissions office may require a TOEFL or IELTS to ensure adequate English proficiency.
IF YOU ATTENDED A UNIVERSITY IN A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE U.S.
If you studied at a university in a country other than the U.S. and wish to attempt to transfer credits to SBU, a WES (or equivalent) evaluation of your university coursework will be required by the SBU registrar’s office.
If your university work totals less than 24 credits (U.S.), you also must provide a test score (as described above) and a secondary school transcript in addition to your international university transcript.
IF YOU ATTENDED COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY IN THE U.S.
If you have studied at a U.S. college or university, you are considered a transfer, and therefore the usual transfer requirements apply. You must provide a test score and a secondary school transcript in addition to your international university transcript if university credit totals less than 24 credits (U.S.)
If you will be taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam, please indicate the St. Bonaventure code (2793) when you register for the exam. Go to these links to sign up for this test: TOEFL
Applicants will be notified of the admission decision in writing.
Phase 2: Certification of Financial Responsibility
After you are admitted, you must demonstrate the ability to pay for the costs associated with a St. Bonaventure University education. Included with this international student application is a Certification of Financial Responsibility Form
(see link at right). You must fill out this form (required for all students coming in as F-1 students), and identify each source of funding for your education.
If you intend to draw bank funds from any account, a bank official and the holder of the account must certify that the information on the Certification of Financial Responsibility form is accurate. You are also required to submit a certified copy of any bank statement for funds you intend to contribute to your education, either from your own account, or from another individual's account.
If you have questions, contact Yvette Jordan, coordinator of International Student Services and Study Abroad. (Send her an email
Phase 3: Confirmation of Enrollment & Issuing of I-20 Application for Student Visa
Upon receipt of your letter of acceptance to St. Bonaventure University, you will be requested to confirm your place at the university by sending a $200 U.S. confirmation deposit to the Office of Admissions. When we receive this deposit, your application will be forwarded to the St. Bonaventure University Office of International Studies, where an I-20 student visa application will be initiated, signed and mailed to you.
Transfer Certification Form
This Transfer Certification Form (see links at right) is required for any student who spent the last academic year in the U.S. (secondary or post-secondary, including language study). Students must secure release from their U.S. institution in order to attend SBU and still be considered first-year students at SBU.
Be sure to show your name on the application and other documents you complete exactly as it appears on your passport.
Some international students may qualify for a scholarship or grant to assist in paying the cost of attending St. Bonaventure University. International students who apply to St. Bonaventure University must submit all of the documents required for freshman or transfer students. Additionally, they must provided translations of these documents if they are not issued in English.
Please refer to the phases listed above for detailed information about the requirements for certifying financial responsibility and obtaining the I-20 student visa application.
International students have several options when choosing how they wish to apply for admission. Which ever option you select, be sure to indicate your country of birth and citizenship. All new SBU students are required to provide completed health forms and vaccination records. Submitting these prior to arrival on campus is especially helpful.
International students receiving SBU grants and scholarships, please note: If your scholarship funds exceed the amount of tuition or designated room grants, you may be responsible for a 14% foreign scholarship tax, depending on your country of origin.
Useful Links for Prospective International Students