» International Students

Global education is central to a Chapman University education. At Chapman, you will receive a personalized education that will not only help you adjust to the American educational system, but will also prepare you to take your place as a productive global citizen.

Students come to Chapman from all 50 states, each U.S. territory, and 63 countries, including Brazil, Canada, China, India, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and the United Kingdom.

International students seek out Chapman because of our location in sunny Southern California, but they also come for the incredible opportunities, including international internships, graduate research, study abroad programs, student activities and leadership development. View our International Graduate Student Guide for more details on Chapman.

*** Due to new government regulations, we are unable to accept international students into the following programs at this time: Ed.S. in School Psychology, Doctor of Pharmacy, and MMS Physician Assistant Studies.. We hope to be able to accept students for the next academic year. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to receiving your application at that time. For more information, contact intladmit@chapman.edu.

+ - Am I considered an International Student at Chapman?

To find out if you're considered an International Student, find which statement most accurately describes your situation from the list below:

I have a foreign passport or citizenship.
Yes, all citizens of countries other than the U.S. are considered international students at Chapman.

I am a U.S. permanent resident and a citizen of another country.
No, your U.S. permanent residency keeps you as a domestic applicant.

I am a dual citizen with the U.S.
No, your U.S. citizenship keeps you as a domestic applicant.

+ - Will there be students like me at Chapman?

There are 369 graduate and undergraduate international students coming from 64 countries at Chapman.

+ - Will I have a chance to speak with an admission counselor from Chapman if I cannot come to campus to visit?

Our graduate counselors are always available by phone or email.  Please contact the Graduate Admission Office directly at 1-888-282-7759 (888-CU-APPLY) or via email at gradadmit@chapman.edu.

+ - What do I do if my transcripts are not available in English?

Please provide certified English translations of your transcripts. Line-by-line and word-for-word exact translations are required. We must have both the native language and English translation copies.

+ - Can I check my application status online?

You may check the status of your application through Self-Service.  If you have any troubles with logginig in or your Username & Password, please contact us at gradadmit@chapman.edu

If you are a Doctor of Physical Therapy, MS Athletic Training, MMS in Physician Assistant Studies, Doctor of Pharmacy, or MS Communication Sciences and Disorders applicant, you may check the status of your application through PTCAS, ATCAS, CASPA, PharmCAS, or CSDCAS, respectively.

+ - What if I have specific questions about the graduate program of my interest?

Please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at gradadmit@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6711

+ - What if I have questions about the visa process?

Please contact Susan Sams, International Student & Scholar Services Coordinator at sams@chapman.edu or (714) 997-6829.

+ - When is the I-20 sent?

The I-20 is sent only to admitted and deposited students by International Student Services.

+ - Do I have to take a graduate admission test?

A graduate admission test is required for the following programs: Ph.D. Education; MS Communication Sciences and Disorders; MA School Counseling; EdS School Psychology; MS Health and Strategic Communication; MS Food Science; MS Economic Systems Design; MS Computational and Data Science;and all MBA programs.

All Credential programs from the College of Educational Sciences only require a graduate admission test if the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of your bachelor’s degree is below a 2.75.  MA Marriage and Family Therapy only requires a graduate admission test if your GPA is below a 3.30.

For all other programs, a graduate admission test is required if the cumulative GPA of your bachelor’s degree is below a 3.00. If the cumulative GPA is between 2.5 and 2.99 you may be considered for admission by submitting a satisfactory test score. Please refer to the current Chapman University Graduate Course Catalog for program specific acceptable tests and minimum score requirements.

+ - What is the required TOEFL, IELTS, PTEA, or CAE score to attend Chapman?

Applicants must achieve a minimum score of:
– Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 550 (PBT) or 80 (iBT)
– International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5
– Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 53
– Cambridge English Advanced Exam(CAE): Level C1

Conservatory of Motion Pictures (Dodge College), Ph.D. Education and Ph.D. Computational Science applicants must achieve a minimum score of:
– Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 600 (PBT) or 100 (iBT)
– International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7.0
– Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 68
– Cambridge English Advanced Exam(CAE): Level C1

MBA applicants must achieve a minimum score of:
– Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 600 (PBT) or 87 (iBT)
– International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 7.0
– Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 59
– Cambridge English Advanced Exam(CAE): Level C1

+ - How can I apply for graduate admission?

+ - Where do I send my transcripts, copy of diploma, English translations and financial documents?

Please send the documents to:

Chapman University 
Office of Graduate Admission 
One University Drive 
Orange, CA 92866 

+ - What is the amount that needs to be listed on the Graduate International Supplemental Form?

We do not require a certain dollar amount on this form. The best way to estimate your costs for Chapman are to consulate the costs for the current academic year. Be sure to add all costs for attending Chapman: Tuition, housing & meal plans if you plan to live on-campus, health insurance and other miscellaneous fees like books, etc.

+ - Are international students eligible for financial aid?

International students are not eligible for need-based financial aid at Chapman. Department scholarships and fellowships are available to qualified international students. Please contact the specific department for further information.

+ - What documentation does Chapman require from international applicants?

Graduate International Supplemental Form and supporting financial documents {i.e., an official bank statement, letter (in English) specifying deposit amount or an employer's letter (in English) specifying sponsor's annual salary} are required for admitted students.

This form and the supporting documents can be submitted during the application process. For more information on the International Student Supplemental Form, view our guide that includes the requirements of this form and what it is needed for.

+ - What are the Wire Transfer Details?

Information on Making a Payment

Account Name:
Chapman University General Operating Account
One University Drive
Attention: Financial Services Dept.
Orange, CA 92866

Name of Bank:
Wells Fargo Bank - Orange Plaza
Orange Plaza Branch
101 E. Chapman Ave
Orange, CA  92866
Account Number: 9286-0000-1111-2222-3
ABA Number(Routing Number): 121-000-248
International Wires, Swift code: WFBIUS6WFFX Students must include their name, student ID number, and reason for wire transfer such as: Application Fee, Enrollment deposit, or Housing deposit. If depositing for both (enrollment and housing) please send two separate deposits marked accordingly.

+ - Can International students work in USA?

International Students are eligible for jobs on campus for up to 19 hours a week. The amount earned will not be sufficient to put towards the cost of attendance at Chapman. International students are not permitted to work off-campus due to visa restrictions. For more information, visit the Student Employment Office's Website.
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