International Students

As a Catholic international, coeducational institution with a rich history of academic excellence in the Dominican tradition, Barry has long welcomed qualified international students. Our student body represents 80 countries, and for the 7th year in a row, U.S. News and World Report has rated Barry as number one for diversity among Southern master's colleges and universities.

We realize the application process can be more involved for international students; we encourage you to contact our admission office at ssw-admissions@barry.edu or 305-899-4765, or ask a question online if you need any additional information.

Are You an International Student?

For the purpose of admission to Barry University, you are an international student if you have received university-level education outside of the United States and/or you require a student visa. For immigration purposes, you are an international student if your country of birth, citizenship, and permanent residency is not the United States

U.S. Immigration Law requires that you obtain a nonimmigrant visa from the United States Embassy or Consular Office in your country in order to come to the United States to study. You should obtain information on visas from a U.S. Consular Office. Most international students are admitted on an F-1 Student Visa. The F-1 visa requires that you:

  • Pursue a course of study as a full-time, degree-seeking student at the school that you are authorized to attend.
  • Have a passport that is valid at all times.
  • Have permission from INS to work off campus or to transfer schools.

Eligibility for Admission

  • International credentials from an educational system other than the United States must be evaluated by a foreign credential evaluating agency such as Josef Silny, or other company which is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. For a list of member companies, go to: "http://www.naces.org/members.htm. The evaluation must be "course-by-course with GPA," and should be sent directly from the evaluating agency to Barry University.
  • Your academic record must demonstrate the capacity for successful work at the graduate level, preferably a minimum of a "B" average for your last 60 college/university credits earned.
  • You must have a broad liberal arts background resulting in (1) an understanding of your cultural heritage and that of others, (2) knowledge of methods of inquiry and problem solving, and (3) written and oral communication skills. (Life and work experience may be evaluated as contributing to your liberal arts background.)
  • Your background must include 30 credits of study in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences.
  • International students applying to the Advanced Standing Program must submit a separate application as well as all supporting materials to the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES), which falls under the auspices of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). ISWDRES recognizes academic credentials in social work that are comparable to accredited baccalaureate and master's degrees in social work in the United States. Recognition is based on the general comparability of the program objectives and level of the applicant's social work education to social work education in the United States.
    • For more information on the application process, international applicants should be referred to the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service website http://www.cswe.org/CentersInitiatives.aspx. The cost of the ISWDRES evaluation is the responsibility of the applicant and is separate from the application fee that is requested by the School of Social Work. Upon completion, an official copy the evaluation must be sent from ISWDRES directly to Barry University School of Social Work.

F-1 Student Visa

Most international students coming to the United States will be required to obtain an F-1 Student Visa. The visa is issued by the US Embassy or Consulate in your country of citizenship. You will need the Form I-20A provided by Barry University in order to apply for the student visa.

Certificate Of Eligibility (Form I-20a)

The I-20A form allows you to apply for your student visa. In order to obtain the I-20A, you must be admitted to the university. Furthermore, the United States Federal Government requires that international students prove that they have sufficient funds to live and study in the United States. This is not a requirement for admission to Barry University, but is a requirement in order to receive the I-20A, enter the country, and enroll in the University.

If you are admitted to Barry University and need the F-1 Student Visa, you will be required to submit the following documents before the I-20A can be issued. Documents must be dated no earlier than six months before your first day of class. (For example, if your classes begin on August 27, 2012, your documents must be dated February 27, 2012, or later.) You may submit these documents before an admission decision has been made; this may expedite the visa process, but your I-20A cannot be issued until you are admitted.

Financial Statement

You may submit either a bank letter or a government / institution letter for your financial statement.

Bank Letter

You may submit 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 required amount will be included in your admission letter if you are accepted, or you may contact the Office of Graduate Admissions before you are admitted. This amount will be reduced for applicants who are awarded scholarships.

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.

Certification Of Eligibility (Form I-20a)

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

The letter must express:

  1. The name of the person/account holder that is supporting the expense for attending Barry University.
  2. The name of the student.

Funds must be liquid (for example, checking or savings), not time deposits or stocks.

The letter must be on bank letterhead; faxes and photocopies will not be accepted.

Government / Institution Letter

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).

Financial Verification Form

English Proficiency

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 must submit test scores from one of the English language proficiency tests accepted by Barry University:

The English proficiency requirement may be waived for applicants with a minimum of 24 college-level academic credits earned from an institution in which English is the basis of instruction and classroom interaction.

English Proficiency Tests Accepted By Barry University - Graduate

TOEFL INTERNET-BASEDTOEFL PAPER BASEDIELTSDUOLINGO ENGLISH TESTPTE ACADEMIC SCORE
May be admitted to Barry University and enrolled in Graduate-level academic classes79 or higher550 or higher6.5 or higher95 or higher53
Must improve English proficiency before being admitted into a Graduate-level program in Barry University.78 or below549 or below6.4 or below94 or below52 or below

IMPORTANT: The minimum acceptable score may be higher for some programs.

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, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or PTE Academic examinations. Students who wish to study in the ELS Language Center prior to applying for an academic program should visit:

ELS Language Center
c/o Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami Shores, FL 33161
Phone: 305-899-3390
Fax: 305-892-2229
Email: mia@els.edu

Booking

To book a one-on-one appointment with the School of Social Work's Graduate Admissions Director, Kristy Vega, visit: www.barry.edu/sswbooking.