Valuable information to help make your application process as smooth as possible.
Applicants who have credentials from
institutions outside the United States must obtain independent
credential evaluations to determine U.S. equivalency. "General" or
"document-by-document" evaluations are required for admission into
graduate programs and "course-by-course" evaluations are required for
admission into adult bachelor's programs. While Lesley requires that
applicants use independent credential evaluation agencies, applicants
must still submit transcripts and English translations of transcripts to
Lesley University to be considered for admission.
We recommend using the agencies listed below. Please contact the agencies directly for more information about their services.
To ensure a student's ability to participate successfully in the Lesley curriculum, students whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the below options:
Graduate Programs (Master's, CAGS, Graduate Certificates, or Ph.D.)Applicants who have completed degree programs in English at the college or university level may qualify to have the English proficiency requirement waived. If this is not noted on your transcript, please request a letter from the registrar at your college or university stating that your language of instruction was English.Bachelor's Degree Completion ProgramsApplicants who have graduated from high school, secondary school or Associate’s degree programs taught in English may qualify to have the English proficiency requirement waived. If this is not noted on your transcript, please request a letter from your high school, college or university stating that your language of instruction was English.
What is an F-1 visa?
An F-1 visa is a computer-generated page that is placed in your
passport after a successful interview at an U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
The visa is issued when sufficient evidence is provided that a student
intends to study in the United States.
The visa includes the following information:
What do I need to get my F-1 visa?
In order to obtain a new F-1 visa, contact the U.S. Embassy or
Consulate where you intend to apply for the visa or visit their website
and ask about application requirements. In most cases, you must first
pay a SEVIS fee and then call for a visa interview. Be prepared at the
interview to present the following documents:
What kind of documents can show intent to return to my home country?
While there is no set documentation to indicate your intent to return
to the home country, an application for an F-1 visa will more likely be
approved if close ties to the home country are maintained.
This may be shown in the following ways:
Where can I get an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility)?
An I-20 will be issued once you have been accepted and deposited, and have submitted all required documents.
I have a visitor's visa (B-2). Can I study?
No. A "B" non immigrant (both B-1 visitors for business and B-2
visitors for pleasure) is strictly prohibited from enrolling in a course
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