Barry University is a private, Catholic institution with a history of academic excellence in the Dominican tradition. Barry has long welcomed international students to pursue higher education at our University. Our student body currently represents more than 70 countries of the world. Founded in 1940, the University has grown steadily in size and diversity, while maintaining personalized attention and providing for the individual needs of its students.
Are you an international student?
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you are an international student at Barry University. For purposes of admission and academic placement, if you received your education outside the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam, you are also considered an international student.
How to Apply
Barry University accepts applications on a rolling basis. However, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing.
1. Complete the online undergraduate application, submit it electronically, or download the conventional paper application. We recommend that you use the electronic version to save time in submitting necessary materials.
2. Submit the application fee (free for online application, $30.00 paper application) made payable by check or money order to Barry University. Application fees are non-refundable.
3. Submit your official TOEFL scores. International applicants who do not give evidence of being native English speakers, including those applying for transfer from U.S. institutions, are required to submit either a score of at least 550 of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or at least a 213 on the computer-based TOEFL.
Undergraduate applicants whose TOEFL score is between 500 and 549 (173-212 on the computer-based test) may be admitted to the Transition in Language and Culture Program (TLC) and enroll concurrently for academic and English courses.
Applicants who score less than 500 (173 on the computer-based test) will be required to improve their English proficiency. Intensive English instruction is offered at Barry University through the ELS Language Center. Students who complete Master's level 112 at the ELS Language Center are not required to sit for the TOEFL examination. Students who wish to study in the ELS Language Center prior to applying for an academic program should write to:
Consideration may be given to waiving the TOEFL requirement for international applicants who meet one of the following situations:
- The international freshman applicant presents a composite SAT or ACT test score (English version) which meets the admission standard and also reflects a verbal score that demonstrates English proficiency.
- The international transfer applicant has attended an accredited college/university in the USA , has completed at least 24 hours of transferable degree credits, and is in good standing at the last institution attended.
For a TOEFL application, write to:
The TOEFL Program
Princeton , NJ 08540 , USA
4. Select and indicate a specific course of study on your application. This is needed in order to process your immigration documentation.
5. Submit official transcripts from all secondary and post secondary institutions.
Barry University prefers that all documents be evaluated and/or translated by Josef Silny and associates or World Education Service. Please call the Office of Admissions for further information.
6. If possible, contact the Office of Admissions to set up a visit to Barry University . Also feel free to contact Admissions with any concerns or questions you have regarding the application process.
1. Become familiar with the regulations of your government about sending money to the United States . You should make arrangements to have the necessary funds available at the designated times of enrollment. Documentary evidence of a means of financial support must be attached to the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20A) when applying for the student visa at the United States Embassy or Consular Office. There are two types of financial statements:
- A bank letter addressed to Barry University stating that you or your sponsor have the funds available to pay the total cost associated with attending Barry University for one year (sample bank letter). Please note that the bank letter must bear a date within six months of the date it is submitted.
- Government or institution-sponsored international students must submit a government sponsorship letter or a notarized letter of support guaranteeing payment of tuition and fees, books, room and board, medical insurance, and personal expenses for one academic year (two semesters).
2. If you have attended, or are currently attending, a school in the United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, or Guam, you are required to submit a Transfer Eligibility Form, signed by your school advisor or counselor. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions.
3. Submit the enrollment deposit. The University requires an enrollment deposit equivalent to tuition and fees for one academic semester. The amount will be given to you in writing, upon your acceptance. The deposit will be applied to your first semester of attendance.
4. After you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you will be sent information regarding on-campus living, medical insurance requirements from Barry University campus offices. You will also be sent detailed information regarding your I-20 issuance and international student orientation from the Barry University Inter-Cultural Center. Please contact the Office of Admissions with any questions.
It is assumed that you are in good health and able to maintain a serious program of study. Before coming to the University, accepted candidates are strongly recommended to submit a physician's report in English for approval by the Campus Health Center. Proof of adequate health insurance is required (with coverage of at least U.S. $50,000). If proof is not available, you will be issued health insurance by the University and billed accordingly.
You must also demonstrate that you have had all vaccinations including: diphtheria and tetanus taken within the last ten years, measles, mumps, and rubella (two doses). You may not register for classes without having met these medical requirements through Barry University's Health Center .
Once you have been accepted for admission to Barry University , a financial statement must be submitted in order to obtain the U.S. Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status (Form I-20A) . There are two types of financial statements:
1) A bank letter addressed to Barry University stating that you or your sponsor have the funds available to pay the total cost associated with attending Barry University for one year (see sample below). The University determines the required amount.
2) Government or institution-sponsored international students must submit a government sponsorship letter or a notarized letter of support guaranteeing payment of tuition and fees, books, room and board, medical insurance, and personal expenses for one academic year (two semesters).
As an international student, you should be familiar with the regulations of your government regarding sending money to the United States and you should make arrangements to have the necessary funds available at the designated times of enrollment. Documentary evidence of a means of financial support must be attached to the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20A) when applying for the student visa at the United States Embassy or Consular Office.
Sample Bank Letter
(On Bank Letterhead )
(Mr. John Smith) has $xx,xxx (exact amount will be provided in your acceptance letter) U.S. Dollars available in his account to pay for the cost associated with (his daughter, Jane Smith's,) attendance at Barry University .
The letter must express:
- The name of the person/account holder that is supporting the expense for attending Barry University .
- The name of the student.
- The Office of Admissions will be able to provide you with the exact amount required in your acceptance letter. This amount will be reduced for applicants who are awarded scholarships.