International Student Admissions

Johns Hopkins School of Education Office of Admission is committed to working with applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the sections below, we have included information to assist applicants navigate admission application requirements.

 In addition to the standard  application requirements listed for each of our degree programs, international applicants are required to submit additional documentation.

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

The student community at the School of Education is diverse and we welcome students from all over the world to join us. If you are an international student interested in applying to a program at SOE, you must follow the same application process and submit the same general application materials as your peers, along with some additional requirements.

APPLICATION TIPS

When completing the application, provide your full legal name, as listed in your passport. If your transcripts or other supporting documents were issued in another name, also include that name on your application and attach a letter of explanation and evidence of the name change.

DEADLINES

Applicants should visit the admissions requirements and deadlines section for more information. Where listed as rolling admission, prospective international applicants should follow the priority consideration deadlines.

For summer semester admissions, international applicants may be considered for full-time graduate degree programs only. Applications for part-time degree programs beginning in the summer will not be considered.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS/CREDENTIAL EVALUATION

International applicants must hold, or be in the process of obtaining, the equivalent of a 120 credit U.S. baccalaureate degree (four-years) to be eligible for admission to Johns Hopkins School of Education master’s or graduate certificate programs. The determination of degree equivalency to U.S. degrees is at the discretion of the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

Applicants who hold qualifying degrees or have earned credits from institutions outside the United States or English-speaking Canada must have their academic records evaluated by an accredited independent credential evaluation agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the necessary paperwork and payment to an approved evaluation service, and to request that an official copy of the report be sent to the Johns Hopkins School of Education Office of Admission directly from the evaluation agency. When selecting the type of evaluation, please select the course by course evaluation option.

 Approved International Credential Evaluation Agencies

For international or internationally- educated applicants seeking to obtain a credential evaluation for academic transcripts and degrees, the Johns Hopkins School of Education approves the use of any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)  approved. The course by course evaluation allows the School of Education faculty committee reviewers to properly understand your academic success and original transcripts confirm authenticity of the applicant’s degree.

 Below is a short-list of NACES approved agencies. For a complete listing of approved agencies, please visit the NACES website.

 Note: Applicants are not required to send additional, separate authentic institutional transcript to the School of Education in addition to those required to be sent to the credential service.

World Education Services (WES) https://www.wes.org/
Educational Credential Evaluator (ECE) https://www.ece.org/
Educational Perspectives https://www.edperspective.org/
Foundation for International Services https://www.fis-web.com/
SpanTran www.spantran.com/JHUSchoolofEd

Degrees from Canada

Degrees or credits earned at an Canadian higher education institution do not require an international course-by-course evaluation if (1) the transcript is in English, and (2) the institution is a member of Universities Canada [formerly the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)] or other accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. If you received a degree from a college or university in English-speaking Canada, please have your institution submit transcripts directly to the Johns Hopkins School of Education Office of Admission.

Evaluation reports may be sent electronically from the evaluation service to soe.admissions@jhu.edu or by mail to the address below:

Johns Hopkins University School of Education
6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 180
Columbia, MD 21046

DEMONSTRATION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Non-U.S. citizens from countries where English is not the official language are required to submit one of the following standardized tests as part of the admissions application process. A waiver for the English language proficiency requirement may granted for some applicants who meet specific criteria. Please reference the Waiver section below for more information.

Accepted English Language Proficiency Tests

TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT)  or **TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition**

JHU SOE will only accept scores sent electronically and directly from ETS, the testing provider. Please request your official test scores to Institution Code: 8585.

Note: If you wish to send us TOEFL “MyBest Scores,” we will accept them. However, all TOEFL scores we receive will be made available to the program reviewing your application. The program to which you are applying may decide how they wish to evaluate the scores provided.

**Due to the impact of COVID-19, if no other option  is available, you may send official scores from the  TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition for review in the 2020-2021 application cycle.**

Minimum Score

 iBT overall: 100

IELTS Academic or the  IELTS Academic indicator Online Test

  • Only the IELTS Academic Test is accepted.
  • All applicants submit IELTS scores directly to the SOE Office of Admissions.
  • We accept official scores submitted either electronically by the IELTS test center via the E-Delivery service or official score reports may be mailed to the Office of Admissions.
    • When requesting scores from IELTS, please contact the Center where you took the test. Please specify the IELTS, Account Name: Johns Hopkins University School of Education and the address: 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 180, Columbia, MD 21046 in your request.

** Due to the impact of COVID-19, if no other option is available, you may send official scores from the IELTS Academic indicator Online Test. **

Minimum Overall Band Score  – 7

J-Check Test Online

Due to the cancellation of TOEFL and IELTS tests in various locations, the Johns Hopkins School of Education will accept an alternative English proficiency assessment called the “J-Check test,” which can be taken anywhere you have access to a PC desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection, webcam, and microphone.

While we prefer the TOEFL or IELTS, we will accept the J-Check test as an alternative for applicants affected by test cancellations due to the impact of COVID-19. If you already have TOEFL or IELTS test results please submit those and do not take the J-check test. Our preferred minimum score on the J-Check test is 4.5 out of 6.0.

Follow the instructions below to complete the J-Check test:

1. Go to https://www.jchecktest.com/johns-hopkins-university/
2. Purchase a J-Check test ID and password. The fee is $99 and you will have your test ID and password e-mailed to you within 48 hours.
3. Once you have your ID and password you will log-in and have the opportunity to take a free practice test before proceeding to the official J-Check test. The test must be taken on a PC desktop or laptop computer with internet access, a microphone and an activated webcam. It cannot be taken on a MAC computer or on a tablet or smartphone. Technical requirements are provided on the J-Check website: https://www.jchecktest.com/technical-requirements/.
4. You will receive a copy of your results by e-mail and official test results are sent to Johns Hopkins University within 24-48 hours. It may take an additional business day for the score to show as received on your application checklist.

Minimum Score- 4.5

English Language Testing Waiver Request Form

The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if the applicant meets at least one of these criteria:

  • is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or a citizen of the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada (except Quebec). Applicants who are citizens of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc. are not exempt from the requirement.
  • at the time you enroll at Johns Hopkins School of Education, you will have studied in full-time status for at least two academic years in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, or with English language instruction in Canada or South Africa. Even if English was the language of instruction at your school, if you did not study in one of these countries you are not exempt from the requirement.
  • If you qualify for a waiver, you can locate the waiver form in the online application. You will be required to both upload a short paragraph explaining the criteria met. In addition, you must submit a transcript that shows you attended college in one of the approved locations, and that your academic program was at least two years in length.
F-1 VISA REQUESTS

An international applicant requiring a student (F-1) visa to attend school must obtain full admission to a degree program well in advance of the start of the semester. The School of Education does not issue certificates of eligibility (Form I-20) for 1) conditional acceptance to a degree program, 2) a fully online program, or 3) any certificate programs. The application and other required admission documents must be received by the Office of Admissions on or before the posted application deadlines. If applications and other required documents are not received by the Office of Admissions on or before the deadline, the application will automatically be considered for the next available semester.

Students seeking an F-1 visa are required to show proof that they can afford all tuition and expenses for the academic year in order to receive their I-20 status. Upon receipt of an acceptance package from the School of Education, the international student who needs to obtain a student (F-1) visa is required to contact the Office of International Services (OIS) at 667-208-7001 or ois@jhu.edu to request a certificate of eligibility (Form I-20). The I-20 is not automatically sent with the acceptance package. Before an I-20 is issued, the international student is required to send financial documentation and a notarized affidavit of support to:

Johns Hopkins School of Education Office of Admissions
6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 180
Columbia, MD 21046-2100

In order to maintain F-1 visa status, students must adhere to the regulations set by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Failure to abide by any of the regulations could result in students being considered “out-of-status” by USCIS. Upon arrival at Johns Hopkins, international students on an F-1 visa are required to visit the OIS and bring passports, I-94 cards, and I-20s. Before leaving the United States for any reason, the I-20 must be signed by an OIS staff member in order for the student to re-enter the country. It is imperative to schedule an appointment with the OIS four weeks prior to the departure date. Students on an F-1 visa must pursue a full course of study at the school listed on the currently valid Form I-20 during every academic session or semester, except during official school breaks. Full-time status/full course of study is defined by the School of Education as being enrolled in minimally nine credits each fall and nine credits each spring semester for graduate study, and as being enrolled in minimally 12 credits each fall and 12 credits each spring semester for undergraduate study. 

In order to comply with USCIS regulations, all F-1 students are required to register for the full course load at the beginning of each fall and each spring semester. Other regulations are outlined in the letter the international student receives with the Form I-20. Assisting students on F-1 visas is central to the support for international students provided by OIS. The office can also assist students who hold other nonimmigrant visas and direct them to the appropriate resources or government offices. If students are unclear about the type of visa they should obtain, they should visit the USCIS website for additional information, or contact OIS at 667-208-7001 or ois@jhu.edu with any questions. All current international students on F-1 visas sponsored by the School of Education are automatically subscribed to the International Service listserv upon the first semester of enrollment. Regular updates are sent regarding visa-related matters and other items of interest to international students.

Note: Federal financial aid is not available for international students. For summer semester admissions, international applicants may be considered for full-time graduate degree programs only. Applications for part-time degree programs beginning in the summer will not be considered.

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE SPECIAL STUDENTS (NON-DEGREE)

International applicants who hold types of visas other than an F-1 visa and who wish to enroll as part-time Graduate Special Students (non-degree) should follow the application directions outlined under Graduate Special Students (non-degree). International graduate students attending other institutions on student (F-1) visas during the regular academic year are also welcome to enroll as Graduate Special Students (non-degree) during the summer.

NEED TO KNOW
  • Campuses are located in Baltimore and Columbia, Maryland. Select programs require attendance about both campus locations. (See Campus Locations & Programs for more information.)
  • Please note that public transportation is not available from the Homewood Campus to the Columbia Center. In most programs, students are expected to travel to different campuses for classes. Traveling time during the non-rush hours between Homewood and Columbia is 35 minutes (approximate times – depending on routes of travel).
  • The School of Education does not offer on-campus housing for students. Off-campus housing is available near our two campuses. (See Life at Hopkins for more information.)
  • Students who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or other eligible non-citizens (status of refugee, asylum, humanitarian parole, Cuban-Haitian Entrant) are considered international students and are not eligible for federal financial assistance
  • F-1 students are required to show proof that they can afford all tuition and expenses for the academic year in order to receive their I-20 form.
  • In order to receive a student (F-1) visa, you must be fully admitted to a degree program well in advance (approximately two months before) of the start of the semester.
  • Full-time status is defined as being enrolled in a minimum of nine credits for graduate study or 12 credits for undergraduate study each semester (fall and spring).
  • SOE does not issue I-20 eligibility certificates for provisional or conditional acceptance to any program, fully online programs, nor do we issue an I-20 for graduate certificate programs.

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 180
Columbia, MD 21046
410-516-9797 (local)
877-548-7631 (toll-free)
410-516-9817 (fax)

Office Hours:
M to F | 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

 soe.admissions@jhu.edu

 

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