International Student Admission

The F-1 Student Visa

The recommended deadline for admission is April 1 for the fall semester (begins in August) and November 1 for the spring semester (begins in January).

To enroll in a U.S. university, international students must be admitted as full-time students. Students who are accepted to the university are issued a Form I-20, the government Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status. This document, the letter of acceptance and complete documentation of financial resources are then presented to the U.S. Embassy in the student’s home country in application for an F-1 student visa.

International students who seek to transfer from a U.S. college or university and already have F-1 student visa status are granted a new I-20 if admitted and the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is notified of the transfer through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

Students who plan to study in the U.S. for one semester or year must complete all admission requirements and schedule an interview with the U.S. Embassy to secure an F-1 student visa. Visiting students are issued the I-20 with remarks indicating the specified length of study and non-degree status.

Any student currently in the U.S. who wants to change from a tourist or other visa to a student visa, or a student who has lost F-1 student visa status for not maintaining full-time enrollment or for any other reason, must apply to DHS for change of status or reinstatement of their student visa status after gaining admission but before enrolling in the university.

Requirements for Admission

  1. Complete the international student application for admission (available in print or online).
  2. Submit a writing sample of your choice or write a response to the essay topic on the application.
  3. Submit secondary (high school) records or national exams if applicable:
    1. Transcript of courses with grades/marks; documentation of graduation or completion; examination results. (With English translations as applicable.)
    2. Students with British system O-level examinations must present a minimum of 5 passes with credit. A-level examinations may earn credit toward the bachelor’s degree.
    3. To meet admission deadlines, students who apply before completing the final term of secondary school are admitted contingent upon satisfactory completion of secondary school.

Letters of recommendation are encouraged but not required unless specified by the admission office.

  1. Document sufficient financial resources to cover all costs (submit the following):
    1. Statement of Financial Support (part of the application for admission) stating how tuition and fees will be paid;
    2. Original, current bank statements stating balance of accounts, mailing address of bank, telephone and fax numbers;
    3. Letter from sponsor(s), if other than parent, confirming amount of sponsorship and conditions of sponsorship; and
    4. Authorization to confirm bank document.

DHS requires that applicants document all sources of funding before the university can issue the form I-20. The U. S. Government and Drury want students to be well-informed and well-prepared to cover expenses before applying for admission and entering the U.S. All financial documents are verified for authenticity.

Admission Policy

Students are eligible to be fully admitted and attend regular courses toward degree completion if they offer evidence of having completed one of the following:

  • IBT TOEFL score of 72 or higher
  • IELTS score of 6.0 or higher
  • SAT score of 500 or higher in verbal
  • Successful completion of at least 30 credit hours at a US English speaking regionally-accredited college or university
  • The completion of British A levels with a minimum grade of C

Students who are eligible to attend regular classes can choose to enroll in one semester of EAP to better develop college-level English skills prior to advancing into regular classes. 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 verbal

Students are eligible to enroll in regular classes at Drury if they successfully earn grades of B or higher in each of their EAP courses or complete one of the following:

  • IBT TOEFL score of 72 or higher
  • IELTS score of 6.0 or higher
  • SAT score of 500 or higher in verbal
  • Successful completion of at least 30 credit hours at a US English speaking accredited college or university
  • The completion of British A levels with a minimum grade of C

Students are eligible for conditional admission if they have completed and submitted all required admission materials with the exception of an English proficiency test score referenced above. Students are only conditionally admitted if they demonstrate the ability to successfully complete Drury University graduation requirement.

Requirements: Upon arrival to Drury University, conditionally admitted students will take a timed TOEFL exam offered by the university. The placement test will be at no charge to the students and offered monthly through the admission office.

Appeals: Students are eligible to appeal their placement to a committee of university faculty and staff. Students can appeal their placement by writing and submitting a letter explaining their circumstance to the Director of International Admission. The committee will then review the letter submitted to the Director along with any supporting documentation to decide on placement. The deadline for appeal is two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.