International Student Admissions

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

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be evaluated by an accredited independent evaluation agency. The evaluation should be a detailed documents including all course titles, credit hours, grades, grade point averages (GPAs) – course by course evaluation, United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral.

Applicants who hold degrees or have earned credits from non-U.S. institutions must have their academic records evaluated by an accredited independent credential evaluation agency before they can be considered for admission to a degree program. Applicants should make arrangements with an authorized credential evaluation agency for an evaluation of their academic credentials, an assessment of the overall grade point average, a course-by-course evaluation (including course titles, grades and credit hours, where applicable), U.S. degree equivalency, and a date of degree conferral. The official course-by-course evaluation should be sent to the Office of Admissions in lieu of academic transcripts. Evaluations should be sent by the agency to:

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

Because fees and documents required for evaluation may vary by agency, applicants are encouraged to contact the agencies directly for additional information. The following is a sample list of recognized credential evaluation agencies:

World Education Services, Inc.
Bowling Green Station
PO Box 5087
New York, NY 10274-5087
Telephone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100
Email: info@wes.org
Website: www.wes.org

Educational Credential Evaluators
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
Telephone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411
Email: eval@ece.org
Website: www.ece.org

DEMONSTRATION OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

Applicants whose native language is not English or who are not citizens of countries where English is the official language are required to submit official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. Tests must be taken within two years from the intended term of entry. (Please use the institution code 8585 to have your TOEFL scores sent to SOE. A code for IELTS is not required.)

To be considered for admission, there are minimum required scores that you need to meet.

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0.
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper based or 100 in internet based test.

Applicants may request a waiver of the testing requirement only if: (1) their native language is English, or (2) the applicant hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction and the official language of the country in which the university is located.

In addition, applicants to certain graduate degree programs may be required to provide additional evidence of English proficiency, including:

  • an in-person or telephone interview (for example, via Skype)
  • a writing sample certified to be the applicant’s own work
  • a writing examination administered by the School of Education

The program the applicant is applying to will determine and request the additional evidence of English proficiency required for admission. The program may grant a waiver from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if the applicant has demonstrated by other means sufficient proficiency in spoken and written English for success in the program. An applicant may file a TOEFL/IELTS waiver request form when submitting his/her application to the Office of Admissions.

Some international applicants may be admitted with the requirement that they complete a workshop(s) and/or course(s) in spoken and/or written English.

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.

Credits completed during the January intersession are counted toward the spring semester count (for example, three credits completed in the 2019 January intersession and six credits completed in the 2019 spring semester, equate to nine credits for the spring 2019 semester). Summer semester courses are not considered when calculating full-time F-1 visa status, although credit earned during summer semester courses may be applied toward a student’s degree.

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.

Note: 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