International Applicants

We recommend you begin the application process as early as possible because it takes time to process your file and evaluate your records. Please print your name on the application as it appears in your passport. The information will be used to complete the necessary visa documents.

Financial Proof

Financial proof must be provided in order to comply with U.S. Government regulations. A link for The Affidavit of Support form and corresponding instructions is on the right. Final admission is not granted until the Office of Admissions is satisfied that all documents are complete and correct. At that time your immigration document will be issued.

Non-English Transcripts

One official copy of all records of any previous schooling (mark sheets, transcripts, diplomas, certificates, etc.) must be submitted as official documents directly from each institution.  These records must show courses taken and grades earned, and must be translated into English if the original records are in another language.  If a document is translated, it should be certified as accurate and correct by an appropriate public or school official, or sponsoring agency or government.  The original record should be also included. - from Academic Programs (

Visa Information

Depart for the United States only after you receive formal notice of acceptance and the I-20/DS-2019 Form from the Office of Admissions, and obtain the student visa. You are only allowed to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start date on the Certificate of Eligibility.

All international students holding F and J visa will be required to comply with U.S. Government regulations.  The Student/Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is designed to help the U.S. Government keep track of nonimmigrant students.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security now requires that a SEVIS fee be paid for each visa applicant. The Office for International Students and Scholars has more information on the SEVIS fee. The Certificate of Eligibility (for I-20 or DS-2019) that MSU issues to you has an unique identifying number referred to as the SEVIS number or "N" number. This SEVIS number is needed to pay the SEVIS fee.  Please print out your receipt when you pay the SEVIS fee and keep it for your records.  You must present the Certificate of Eligibility every time you enter the U.S. It is very important that you keep track of this form.

Information on GRE Scores

If you are applying for the fall semester, please ensure that your GRE scores are sent to MSU at least 6 weeks in advance of the deadline date. Processing incoming GRE scores during October thru February may take up to 6 weeks following receipt of scores from ETS due to the high volume of scores received.