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International Student Admission

The deadline to apply for admission is two months prior to the beginning of each term. To study for a degree in the U.S. in F-1 status, an international student must be admitted as a full-time student pursuing a specific educational objective such as a bachelor’s degree.

Submit the following to the College of Continuing Professional Studies Admission Office at Drury University:

  1. A completed Continuing Professional Studies application for admission form (available online at www.drury.edu/ccps/application).
  2. All secondary school records: transcript of courses with grades or other evaluation marks, documentation of graduation or completion, and examination results where they apply.
  3. An evaluation of your secondary school coursework completed outside the U.S. from a credential evaluating service such as World Education Services, Inc. (WES). Approximate cost through a credential evaluation service is U.S. $160.
  4. Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution previously attended.
  5. A course-by-course evaluation of any post-secondary coursework completed outside the U.S. from a credential evaluation service such as WES. Approximate cost through a credential evaluating service is U.S. $160.
  6. English proficiency can be proven by submission of the following official documents:
    1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 530 (paper), or 72 (internet), and TWE (Test of Written English) minimum score of 4.
    2. IELTS score of 6.0.
    3. SAT Critical Reading score of 500.

Students who apply and are accepted to Drury University’s undergraduate Day School division must complete one semester as a day student before applying for admission to Continuing Professional Studies.


More Information for International Students: 


Readmission to Drury University as an International Student

International students seeking to return to Drury University’s Continuing Professional Studies program must apply and be accepted for readmission before registering for classes. Students who are readmitted to the university will be required to meet the requirements of the current university catalog.


Academic Credential Evaluation

Students will be required to submit their secondary school records and all other postsecondary study to an academic credential evaluation agency such as World Education Services, Inc. (WES) for evaluation in terms of U.S. semester credits, course equivalents, grade point average and authentication of documents.

Information about WES can be found at www.wes.org. Drury University reserves the right to interpret the evaluation report to be consistent with institutional admission policy guidelines. Admission to continuing studies cannot be completed without the credential evaluation.


English Language Proficiency

Proof of English language proficiency must be submitted to Drury University before students can be admitted and register for classes.

English proficiency can be demonstrated by submitting one of the following:

  • Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 197 (530 on paper-based test) and a minimum official
  • Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.
  • Minimum verbal Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 500.
  • Minimum composite American College Test (ACT) score of 21.

An institutional TOEFL and TWE are offered during new international student orientation for a fee. Students who score below 530 on the TOEFL and/or below 4 on the TWE are required to enroll full time in Drury’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program.


Applying for an I-20

Submit the following to the International Support Services at Drury University:

  1. A letter of financial support.
  2. Original financial documents showing you have at least U.S. $15,000 available for each year of your studies.
  3. A tuition deposit equal to 50 percent tuition and 100 percent fees for the first semester of studies. Students enrolling in 12 credit hours (minimum full-time course load) must deposit U.S. $1,505. Students enrolling in 15 credit hours must deposit U.S. $1,750.
  4. Applicants transferring from another college or university within the United States must provide proof of admission to Drury University and request their previous school to transfer their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record to Drury University.

If the request for an I-20 is approved, an I-20 will be issued and sent to the student if outside the U.S. Submit the I-20, letter of acceptance, passport, and financial documents to the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for an F-1 (student) visa. Students inside the U.S. will receive their I-20 at International Orientation.

Sample Letter of Financial Support

“We XX and YY, the parents of ZZ, are supporting ZZ in the amount of U.S. $15,000 each year or we will support ZZ in the amount of U.S. $16,500 each year. We will support ZZ in the amount of U.S. $82,500 during the five to six years of ZZ’s studies at Drury University.

In accordance with Drury University’s payment policies, tuition and fees will be paid in full the first day of the semester (approximately January 15, June 1 and August 15). We and ZZ understand that if tuition and fees are not paid in full by the end of the second week of classes, ZZ will be removed from class rosters and not allowed to attend classes, and in accordance with the U.S. federal regulations for F-1 students, ZZ will depart the United States.”


Financial Documentation

In order to issue an I-20, Drury University must have recent financial documents on file (30 days or less). The financial documents must be original (no photocopies or faxes are accepted).

The financial documents must be one of the following for each sponsor:

  • An original letter from your bank (or your sponsor’s bank) stating you are a customer in good standing and that your account history shows you have at least U.S. $15,000 available for each year of your studies. This letter must be on bank letterhead with telephone and fax numbers, and be dated and signed.
  • Three months’ original bank statements showing a balance of at least U.S. $15,000 each month.
    The university regrets that U.S. government financial assistance is unavailable for students who are not citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States or its possessions.

International Student Tuition Deposit Policy

Students must pay 50 percent of the tuition and 100 percent of the student fees (including, but not limited to, the following: health center fee, orientation fee and the cost of insurance) for the first semester of attendance before an I-20 can be issued or the student can register for classes.

Students are required to pay their tuition in full no later than the first day of the semester. Otherwise, they must arrange for a deferred payment plan with the Student Financial Services Office.

Students transferring from U.S. schools must complete the application for admission to Drury University by the end of the second week of school. At that time, 100 percent of the tuition and student fees (including, but not limited to, the following: health center fee, orientation fee and the cost of insurance) for the semester must be paid, or a deferred payment plan must be signed and 50 percent of the tuition and 100 percent of the student fees (including, but not limited to, the following: health center fee, orientation fee and the cost of insurance) paid.

All degree-seeking international students attending Drury University who have not paid at least 50 percent of tuition and 100 percent of the student fees (including, but not limited to, health center fee, orientation fee and the cost of insurance) by the end of the second week of classes will be removed from the class rosters and not allowed to attend classes. Maintenance of immigration status is the responsibility of the individual.


International Support Services

International Support Services (ISS) provides services for international students including immigration advice and assistance and cultural adjustment counseling. The director also coordinates the mandatory international student health insurance plan. ISS is located in the Findlay Student Center on the lower level in room 113. Heejung Cromley is available by phone at (417) 873-7885, fax at (417) 873-7885 and on the Web at drury.edu/iss.


Notes to F-1 International Students

In addition to the responsibility of observing the regular Drury University rules and regulations, non-immigrant international students are also responsible for abiding by the terms of their immigration status. The International Student Handbook, available from ISS, is a valuable source of information for international students.

The director of International Support Services is available to provide assistance and answer questions concerning the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the applicable rules and regulations.

Remember: Immigration laws are subject to frequent change. Read correspondence and e-mails from ISS for updates.


Full-Time Status

Immigration regulations require undergraduate students in F-1 or J-1 status to maintain full-time status (minimum 12 semester hours) throughout each fall and spring semester. Students are not required to register for classes during the annual vacation period (summer). Dropping courses may cause F-1 and J-1 students to violate their immigration status.


Transfer from Another U.S. School

To be eligible to transfer from one institution to another, students must have maintained full-time enrollment at the previous institution and must otherwise be in status. To transfer to Drury University from another institution, students must provide proof of admission to Drury and request their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record be transferred to Drury University. Transfer students must present both the previous school’s I-20 and the original Drury University I-20 to International Student Services within the first fifteen days of class to affect a transfer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Students should bring these documents to International Orientation.


Extension of Program Completion Date

F-1 students are admitted to the U.S. for the duration of their studies (D/S) to complete the academic program by the program end date stated on the I-20, item 5. This “completion date” is the stated date by which the student is expected to complete her/his studies. If a student’s academic program cannot be completed within the prescribed time period for valid academic or documented medical reasons, a request for program extension must be filed before the completion date.


Period of Stay

A non-immigrant student may stay in the U.S. only as long as she or he is in compliance with her/his non-immigrant status. By definition, a non-immigrant is any alien whose reason for coming to the U.S. involves a temporary stay that will end when the purpose of the trip has been accomplished and who has no intention of abandoning her/his homeland. Normally a student is allowed to remain in the U.S. for duration of studies (D/S) which is the time period it takes to complete one’s educational program and any practical training authorized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plus 60 days.


English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Drury University offers non-native speakers of English flexible but vigorous language training for the entering semester. Students enrolled in EAP receive degree credit. Conditional admission to the degree program is offered.

Students are eligible to be fully admitted to Drury’s EAP program if they offer evidence of having completed one of the following:

  • Successful completion of level 112 or higher at an accredited ELS English Language Center
  • Successful completion of all ELI level 4 courses
  • IBT TOEFL score of 54 to 71
  • IELTS score of 5.5
  • SAT score of 400 to 499 in reading

For more information about English for Academic Purposes courses, visit http://www.drury.edu/eap