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International Students

International Students are an asset to our campus for a variety of reasons. While a student is here studying from another country, our desire is to provide a holistic support network to make the transition to the US as smooth as possible.

Admission Process

International students must complete the same admissions process as domestic freshman or transfer students. Additionally, international students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Affidavit of Financial Support. Submit annual financial certification showing financial sponsorship for duration of planned study. Financial aid, with the exception of institutional talent scholarships, is not available for international students.
  • TOEFL. International students for whom English is not their native language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit their scores to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. A score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 80 on the internet-based test, is required for admission to Vanguard University.
  • Transferring. To become eligible for transfer to VU from another American college, approval must be obtained from the previous school attended and the US Immigration and Naturalization Service.
  • Full-time. International students must maintain a minimum of twelve (12) units each semester for undergraduate degrees, and at least seven (7) units each semester for graduate degrees.

Once you have been admitted to VU, your admissions counselor will request your I-20 from the Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Office and you will need to request its shipment. For options and instructions on shipping methods, please see the I-20 Shipment Options.

Shipment Options for I-20 Documents


International Student Services can mail your I-20 and other documents through the following methods:

Regular/standard mail:

Your documents will be sent through regular USPS mail free of charge. There is no tracking or estimated delivery time available. Overseas mail can take 2-6 weeks to arrive. To choose this method, please email International Student Services at isservices@vanguard.edu to request standard shipping of your I-20. Please include your name and mailing address.

Pre-paid express mail through eShipGlobal:

You can pay to have items shipped to you via express mail through E-Ship Global. You will create an account and pay for your selected shipping method online. This option allows you to track your package and you will receive it faster. To choose this method, create an account on E-Ship Global and request the shipment of your documents (full instructions below).

*Note: eShip Global is the only option available for express shipping. We are unable to accommodate labels made through personal FedEx/courier accounts or send documents through other services.