Admissions Requirements for International Students

Applying for Admission as an International Student

Franklin University’s Office of International Students and Programs (OISP) assists potential students who are applying for admission to study in the U.S. as non-immigrants or to study at Franklin University from outside the U.S.

Admissions Deadlines

OISP accepts applications for admission to programs in the U.S. on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year. International applicants who wish to apply to Franklin University for admission should apply early as there are several steps to complete for a successful start at Franklin.

Franklin University admits international students for our Fall, Winter, and Summer Trimesters, depending on program availability. Potential students should be aware of the following program start dates:

Fall Trimester M.S. Computer Science and Undergraduate transfer students Early September
MBA and new Undergraduate or English as a Second Language (ESL) students Late September
Winter Trimester M.S. Computer Science and Undergraduate transfer students Early January
MBA and new Undergraduate or English as a Second Language (ESL) students Early February
Summer Trimester All programs Mid-May


Applicants who are currently in the United States should complete the application process at least 8 weeks in advance of your intended program start date. Applicants who are currently in another country and will be applying for a visa to enter the United States should be mindful of additional time necessary to allow for international shipping of documents and embassy wait times.

Applicants seeking admission to programs at one of our Global Partner Schools should consult the appropriate contact at that school for the admission deadline and application process.  

Apply Online 

The first step for admission is to submit Franklin University’s online application.  Once you have applied, you will be provided with login information to track the progress of your application.  Please be sure to use an email address that you will check regularly when creating your application.

Submit Transcripts

Official transcripts should be submitted directly to Franklin University’s Office of Transfer and Articulation.  Transcripts from post-secondary institutions outside the US must be submitted to an approved third-party transcript evaluation agency.  Please request a course-by-course evaluation and request that the evaluation be submitted directly to Franklin University.  Applicants to graduate programs should ensure that the transcript evaluation includes a calculation of cumulative grade point average (GPA).  Students wishing to request transfer or prerequisite credit from another post-secondary institution should submit official syllabi for those courses along with their transcripts.

Demonstrate English Proficiency

Students from countries where English is not the official language* must submit proof of English proficiency in the form of official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Cambridge English Language Assessment (Cambridge) scores. Official score reports can be sent to Franklin University by indicating the institutional code 1229 on report request forms. Alternately, students may request permission to submit ACCUPLACER ESL® scores; contact OISP for details on how to complete ACCUPLACER ESL® assessments on campus or via a virtual proctor service.

Undergraduate Programs

Face-to-face programs Students must take Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, and Speaking or, for ACCUPLACER ESL®, Sentence Meaning.  Students must earn a minimum overall TOEFL score of 500 (paper-based), 60 (Internet-based), 5.5 IELTS, ACCUPLACER ESL® 259, or Cambridge 160 with minimum scores on each of the exam subsections. Prior to registration, students will be given a language placement exam to determine whether ESL studies are required.
Online programs Students must take Reading Comprehension and Writing placement exams and must earn a minimum overall TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 79 (Internet-based), 6.5 IELTS, ACCUPLACER ESL® 105, or Cambridge 180 with minimum scores on each of the exam subsections.

Graduate and Doctoral Programs

Face-to-face programs Students must take Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, and Speaking or, for ACCUPLACER ESL®, Sentence Meaning.  Students must earn a minimum overall TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 79 (Internet-based), 6.5 IELTS, ACCUPLACER ESL® 295, or Cambridge 180 with minimum scores on each of the exam subsections.
Online programs Students must take Reading Comprehension and Writing placement exams and must earn a minimum overall TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 79 (Internet-based), 6.5 IELTS, ACCUPLACER ESL® 105, or Cambridge 180 with minimum scores on each of the exam subsections.


Complete Your Application File

International applicants must submit additional supplemental materials to be considered for admission.  The Office of International Students and Programs will provide applicants with a link to upload supplemental materials.

Once applications are complete, they will be reviewed for admission.  Successful applicants will be notified of admission to the University and given direction on next steps to enroll in University courses.

*Applicants from the following list of countries are not required to submit English proficiency scores as part of the admission process. In addition, applicants from US Territories are exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
Botswana
British Virgin Islands
Canada (except Quebec)
Cayman Islands
Cook Islands
Dominica
Fiji
Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
Ireland
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Liberia
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Micronesia
Namibia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nigeria
Niue
Palau
Philippines
Pitcairn
Saint Helena
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Swaziland
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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