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Apply as an International Student

Belmont welcomes applicants of all nationalities. An international student is one who does not hold U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.

STUDENTS SEEKING A BACHELOR’S DEGREE

Admissions Deadlines

  • Fall – June 1
  • Spring – October 1
  • Summer – March 1

Application Checklist for New First Time Freshmen:

A freshman applicant has never attempted any university classes in any country since graduating from high school / secondary school.


✔ Submit an Application
Complete the entire Degree Seeking Application thoroughly and submit the non-refundable application fee of $50. You can apply using the following methods: 

You can log in to your BU4U account to track the progress of your admissions application and to see what items are missing.
If you do not have a BU4U account, create it here.

✔ Submit a Counselor Recommendation
Provide the Counselor Recommendation to the appropriate person in your guidance office and have him or her send the completed recommendation directly to Belmont. If your school does not have a guidance counselor, a teacher may complete the form.

✔ Submit Official High School Transcripts

Official evaluations of International high school transcripts are required for all coursework completed outside the U.S. Evaluations must be course-by-course, official, and sent directly from the evaluation company to Belmont. Any evaluation from an NACES accredited evaluation company will be accepted. For high school transcipt evaluations, Belmont suggests using Josef Silny & Associates or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

Click here to access our transcript evaluation guide for instructions and more information.

✔ Submit SAT/ACT Scores
Request that official SAT-1 or ACT score reports be sent directly to Belmont. (Belmont’s ACT code is 3946 and the SAT code is 1058). Belmont does not consider Writing test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Test scores will be accepted as official if submitted on an official high school transcript.

 
✔ Demonstrate English Proficiency.
International applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy one of these English language proficiency requirements before an admissions decision can be made:
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based test (PBT) or 80 internet-based test (iBT); or
  • Minimum IELTS academic score of 6.5; or
  • Minimum Pre-March 2016 SAT Critical Reading score of 530 or minimum Post-March 2016 SAT Reading Score of 29; or
  • Minimum ACT English sub score of 23; or
  • Successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 112.
Belmont does not offer conditional admission to undergraduate students.


Application Checklist for Transfer Applicants

A transfer applicant has attempted university classes in any country since graduating from high school / secondary school.

✔ Submit an Application

Complete the entire Degree Seeking Application thoroughly and submit the non-refundable application fee of $50. Make sure to select Transfer Student in your application. You can apply using the following methods: 

You can log in to your BU4U account to track the progress of your admissions application and to see what items you are missing.
If you do not have a BU4U account, create it here.

✔ Submit Official Evaluations of International Transcripts 

All transfer applicants are required to submit transcript evaluations for all college/university coursework completed outside the U.S. Evaluations must be course-by-course and from an NACES accrediated evaluation company.

Applicants who have earned less than 24 hours (approximately 1 year) of college credit are also required to submit course-by-course evaluations of their high school transcripts.

For more information, a list of suggested companies, and instructions, please click here to access our transcript evaluation guide.


✔ Demonstrate English proficiency.

  • International applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy one of these English language proficiency requirements before an admissions decision can be made:
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based test (PBT) or 80 internet-based test (iBT); or
  • Minimum IELTS academic score of 6.5; or
  • Minimum Pre-March 2016 SAT Critical Reading score of 530 or minimum Post-March 2016 SAT Reading Score of 29; or
  • Minimum ACT English sub score of 23; or

Belmont does not offer conditional admission to undergraduate students.


IF YOU HAVE EARNED LESS THAN 24 COLLEGE CREDIT HOURS, YOU MUST ALSO:

✔ Submit SAT/ACT Scores - Required for all Nursing majors

Request that official SAT-1 or ACT score reports be sent directly to Belmont. (Belmont’s ACT code is 3946 and the SAT code is 1058). Belmont does not consider Writing test scores from either the SAT or ACT. Test scores will be accepted as official if submitted on an official high school transcript.

Scholarships

  • Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for U.S. federal financial aid. 
  • Freshmen can be considered for Belmont’s extremely competitive merit scholarships. The freshman application for admission also serves as the application for scholarships. A cumulative high school grade point average of 3.5+ and ACT Compostite score of 26+, or SAT score of 1210+ (for SATs taken March 2016 and beyond), is considered competitive for a general freshman academic scholarship.

  • The application deadline for the top-named scholarships is December 1. These scholarships are the most competitive academic merit scholarships programs (including Presidential and Faculty Scholar awards). They recognize approximately the top 2% of freshman applicants for admission, with an average high school grade point average of 4.21 and ACT Composite score of 33, or SAT score of 1500 (for SATs taken March 2016 and beyond).
  • Transfer students may not apply as freshmen in order to be eligible for scholarships.

Financial Ability

  • The approximate cost of tuition, fees, room & board, and books for one semester is $20,485.
  • Students must pay the entire amount at the beginning of the semester. See our Cost Estimator.
  • Admitted international students who confirm their intent to attend Belmont must pay a non-refundable $3,000 deposit. This will be credited toward the student’s tuition bill the first semester.
  • International students are also responsible for purchasing health insurance. The cost of a basic plan is approximately $1,416 per year ($118 per month)

Student Visas, I-20’s & Immigration Paperwork

    • If you are admitted to Belmont, please contact Dr. Kathy Skinner, the Director of International Student Affairs at Belmont, as quickly as possible. You must be admitted to Belmont and contact Dr. Skinner in order to get an I-20.
    • Dr. Skinner will give you the Belmont University Sponsor's Statement. You must have the person responsible for financing your education complete the form and have it notarized. Then return this form to Dr. Skinner.
    • Dr. Skinner will issue you your I-20 after Belmont receives your $3,000 non-refundable enrollment deposit. After receipt of the I-20, you must complete the Visa process as quickly as possible.

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STUDENTS SEEKING AN INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM

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STUDENTS SEEKING A MASTER’S OR DOCTORAL PROGRAM

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