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Who is considered International?
All applicants that are not United States nationals, and will be entering, or have already entered, the United States with an F-1 or J-1 student visa, must apply as an international student. Applicants who already reside in the United States and hold other non-immigrant visas (for example, E2, H2 or L2) are also considered international students.
Permanent residents of the United States, naturalized U.S. citizens, and U.S. citizens residing abroad and attending a university outside the United States are not considered international students.
USC Marshall encourages all interested international applicants to apply. The procedures are somewhat different than for domestic applicants, so please read this part carefully in addition to above Admission Requirements.
For country specific requirements please visit: http://gradadm.usc.edu/lightboxes/international-students-country-requirements/
Every admitted international applicant must have a passport on file in order for an I-20 or DS-2019 to be issued. We encourage you to upload a scanned copy of your passport with your online application. In case no passport is available at the time of application, applicants can submit the passport with the financial documents after they have been admitted.
Records of your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees
You will need to submit one set of records from each college or university you have attended. The records should indicate the number of lecture and laboratory hours devoted to each course and the grades (marks) you received.
You must also submit an official document showing the title and date of each degree you have earned. This document is considered the equivalent of a "transcript" issued by an American institution.
If the official document is not in English, you must also include a separate English translation by the university or by a certified professional translator.
You may send a certified copy of the official document instead of the original.
During the admissions cycle, the processing and verification of your transcript/s can take up to 8 weeks.
Financial assistance for international students
The USC Marshall School of Business offers a limited number of partial tuition scholarships for international students. These merit-based awards are highly competitive and are determined at the time of admission. Please note that only U.S. citizens are eligible for Federal Stafford Loans.
International Degree Verification
The USC Office of Degree Progress requires verification of international prior degrees from the International Education Research Foundation (IERF). Detailed information about their services, including application forms, fees, and required documents are available at www.ierf.org/usc.
Please contact Degree Progress firstname.lastname@example.org, 213.740.7070 if you have any questions, or need more information regarding prior degree verification.
Financial Guarantee Statement
Before a student visa can be issued, the U.S. government requires that you provide a document attesting to your ability to pay tuition and expenses for the first academic year of your degree program.
The document must include your sponsor's name, address and source of income, and must be verified by a bank stamp and dated within the last nine months. If your financial support is from your home government or another official agency (e.g., Fulbright, AMIDEAST), you must submit similar documentation.
Please read carefully through USC Graduate Admission Guidelines for Financial Documentation for all the important information, particularly the Financial Statement Expense Figures as well as the detailed guidelines for submitting proof of financial support.