International Undergraduate Student Admission Process

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. on an F-1 student visa, an international student must be admitted as a full-time student pursuing a specific educational objective such as a bachelor’s degree.

International Admission Procedures:

Submit the following to the International Student Office (ISO) at Drury University:

1. A completed Continuing Studies application for admission form (online, download).

2. A non-refundable U.S. $25 application fee.

3. All secondary school records: transcript of courses with grades or other evaluation marks, documentation of graduation or completion, and examination results where they apply.

4. An evaluation of your secondary school (high school) coursework completed outside the U.S. from a credential evaluating service such as World Education Services, Inc. (WES). (Approximate cost through credential evaluating service U.S. $100).

5. Official transcripts from each university previously attended.

6. A course-by-course evaluation of any university coursework completed outside the U.S. from a credential evaluating service such as WES. (Approximate cost through credential evaluating service U.S. $150).

7. An official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 530 or higher.

8. An official TWE (Test of Written English) score of 4 or higher.

9. Students who apply and are accepted to Drury University’s undergraduate day school division must complete one semester before applying for admission to Continuing Studies.

Applications for admission are complete only after the ISO has received all of the above items. Applications for admission will be reviewed once they are complete.

More Information for International Students:
How to Apply for an I-20
Sample Letter of Financial Support
Financial Documentation
International Student Tuition Deposit Policy
English Language Proficiency
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Academic Credential Evaluation
International Student Office
Notes to F-1 Non-Immigrant Students
Full-Time Status
Extension of Program
Period of Stay
Readmission to Drury University as an International Student


How to Apply for an I-20

Submit the following to the ISO at Drury University:

1. A completed application for admission (online, download).

2. A letter of financial support.

3. Original financial documents showing you have at least U.S. $15,000 available for each year of your studies.

4. A tuition deposit equal to 50 percent tuition and 100% 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.

5. Applicants transferring from another college or university within the United States must request their previous school to “transfer out” their Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record.

If the application for an I-20 is approved, an I-20 will be issued and sent to the student. Bring 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.

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. We will support ZZ in the amount of U.S. $15,000 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 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 document must be original (no photocopies or faxes are accepted).

The financial document can be:

1. An original letter from your 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.

2. Three months’ original bank statements showing a balance of at least U.S. $15,000 each month.

The university regrets that government financial assistance is not available for students who are not citizens of the United States or its possessions.

International Student Tuition Deposit Policy

Students who have completed coursework outside the U.S. are required to submit an application for admission to Drury University to include proof of high school completion and any other postsecondary education transcripts documented by a recognized international credential evaluator (such as WES ). A student applying for an I-20 to attend Drury University as an F-1 student also must submit financial documents showing ability to meet personal financial obligations and ability to meet tuition and fees at Drury University.

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 Business Office.

Students transferring from U.S. schools must complete their 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 the following: 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.

English Language Proficiency

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

Conditional admission to the degree program is offered by participating in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program. English proficiency can be demonstrated by submitting one of the following:

1. 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.

2. Minimum verbal Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 500.

3. 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.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

Drury University offers non-native speakers of English flexible but vigorous language training throughout the year. Students enrolled in EAP may receive degree credit. EAP courses are open to anyone aged 17 or older, except those who have never studied the English language and who speak no English. The university requests that students submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if available for placement purposes. Other standardized tests will be considered. An English placement test is administered during orientation to determine level of study prior to registration. For more information, see the EAP Website.

Academic Credential Evaluation

Students will be required to submit their secondary school records and any 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.

Drury University reserves the right to interpret the evaluation report to be consistent with institutional transfer policy guidelines. Admission to continuing studies cannot be completed without the credential evaluation.

International Student Office

The International Student Office (ISO) provides support services for international students including immigration advice and
assistance and cultural adjustment counseling. The ISO is located in the Findlay Student Center on the lower level in rooms 112 and 113 and is available by phone at (417) 873-7825.

Notes to F-1 Non-Immigrant Students

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

The director of international support services is available to provide assistance and answer some questions concerning the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the applicable rules and regulations.

Remember: Immigration laws are highly subject to change. Read your correspondence and e-mails from the ISO for updates.

Full-Time Status

Immigration regulations require 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.

Extension of Program

F-1 students are admitted to the U.S. for the duration of their studies (D/S) within the time prescribed on the I-20 (line #5 on the I-20 ). This “completion date” is the stated date by which the student is expected to complete her/his studies. If a student will not finish her/his program within the prescribed time period for valid academic or documented medical reasons, she/he must file for an extension of program before the expiration of 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 or his non-immigrant immigration 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 or his homeland. Normally a student is allowed to remain in the U.S. for duration of status (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 sixty days.

Readmission to Drury University as an International Student

International students who leave and then seek to return to Drury University’s Continuing 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.