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International Students Admissions

International applicants must meet the same admission requirements as domestic students.

For the purpose of graduate admission to Barry University, an international applicant is one who has received university level education outside of the United States of America and/or an applicant who requires a student visa. For immigration purposes, an international student is one whose country of birth, citizenship, and permanent residency are not the United States of America.

Certification of Eligibility (Form I-20 A) A Certificate of Eligibility (Non-Immigrant "F-1" Student Status) from the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services will be provided to admitted applicants upon completion of all admission requirements and receipt of required financial statements. The financial statement should include:

  1. a notarized letter of support or government sponsorship letter guaranteeing payment of tuition and fees, books, room and board, medical insurance, and personal expenses for one academic year (two semesters); and,
  2. a bank letter stating that the applicant or his/her sponsor has the funds available to pay the total cost associated with attending Barry University for one year. The required amount is determined by the program. The University does not award need-based financial assistance to international students. Payment of tuition and fees is required at the beginning of each semester. All checks should be made payable to Barry University in U.S. funds.

International students should be familiar with the regulations of their governments about sending money to the United States and should make arrangements to have the necessary funds available at the designated times of enrollment. Documentary evidence of 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. International students in F-1 visa status must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Pursue a degree course of study as a full-time, degree- seeking student (at least 9 credit hours at the master's/specialist level each semester or 6 credit hours at the doctoral level).
  • Obtain permission from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services before transferring schools or working off-campus.
  • Hold a current valid passport and a current visa that is valid for the duration of the full course of study.

Arrival-Departure/School Transfer

Non-Immigrant alien visa students are required to attend Barry University as indicated on the Arrival-Departure Record (Form I-94) by immigration officials at the U.S. port of entry. They are expected to complete at least one semester at this institution prior to requesting transfer to any other educational institution.

Medical Requirements

It is assumed that applicants are in good health and able to maintain a serious program of study. Before coming to the University, accepted candidates are strongly encouraged to submit a physician's report in English for approval by Barry University's Student Health Services Office. Proof of adequate health insurance is required (with coverage of at least U.S. $50,000.00). Proof of insurance benefits must be provided in English to Barry's Student Health Services Office. If proof is not available, students will be issued health insurance by the University and billed accordingly.

Applicants must also provide documentation that they have had the following vaccinations: diphtheria and tetanus (taken within the last ten years), measles, mumps, and rubella (two doses). All applicants without U.S. permanent residency or citizenship are required to comply with this University policy.

Note: Students may not reside in university housing or register for classes without having met these medical requirements through Barry University's Student Health Services Office.

Application Procedures For International Applicants

  1. Submit a completed application form with a $30 nonrefundable application fee (waived for Barry alumni). All monies must be paid in U.S. dollars.
  2. The application form is available at www.barry.edu. A paper application can be obtained by contacting healthsciences@mail.barry.edu.
  3. Educational documents must be supplied to the Health Sciences Admissions Office as follows:

    • Certified and notarized transcripts or statements of marks from foreign institutions may be submitted by applicants, but the University may insist that such transcripts be sent directly to Barry University from the issuing institutions. Once credentials are submitted, they become the property of Barry University and will not be surrendered or photocopied.
  4. Transcript Evaluation Policy: International credentials from an educational system other than the United States must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluator who is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org). The cost of the professional evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant.
  5. English Translations: Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations. Translations supplement, but do not replace, original documents. Both are required for admission.
  6. Syllabus of University Study: International applicants who wish to transfer graduate credits must supply a description of each course or subject studied. Grading scale must show the minimum passing mark, length of class periods and number of periods per week for each subject, and must be accompanied by certified English translations.
  7. English Proficiency: All international applicants who do not give evidence of being native English speakers, including those applying for transfer from U.S. institutions, or who have not graduated from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction are required to submit a score of at least 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For the TOEFL application, refer to www.toefl.org, email toefl@ets.org or write to:

    TOEFL/TSE Services
    P.O. Box 6151
    Princeton, New Jersey 08541

Intensive English Instruction

Intensive English instruction is offered at Barry University through the ELS Language Centers. Students who complete Masters Level 112 are not required to sit for the TOEFL examination (see TOEFL above). Applicants who wish to study in the ELS Language Centers prior to applying for a graduate academic program should contact the Director of ELS Language Centers either via e-mail at mia@els.com, by calling (305) 899-3390, by fax at (305) 892-2229 or write to:

Director, ELS Language Centers
Barry University
11300 N.E. 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, Fl 33161-6695
United States of America

Financial Information

Barry University offers limited scholarships to graduate students in the Health Services Administration program. Please contact the Health Services Administration Department at hsa@mail.barry.edu for more details.

All international students entering Barry University in F-1 visa status must have adequate funding to meet their expenses. (This includes personal, travel, and vacation, as well as all University-related expenses).

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