International Admission 

Roosevelt University invites applicants from around the world to its Chicago and Schaumburg campus. Our long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion supports a community that is open to global viewpoints and welcomes students with various national, cultural, and linguistic backgrounds. As an international student, you will receive a world-class education and access to a rich array of equity-driven learning opportunities.

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Admissions Requirements

International students must submit one of the following test scores

  • Duolingo 
  • ELTS 
  • PTE 
  • Michigan Test English (MET) 
  • TOEFL 
  • For African students – WASSCE 

Learn more about the English Language Proficiency Requirement

A $40 application fee is required. It cannot be waived for international students. 

Health checks and immunizations are not required by the U.S. or by Roosevelt.  However, you must submit your immunization form to Roosevelt after arriving on campus. 

Graduate students: International students are not required to take the GRE.  

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How To Apply

Create an account and submit your applicationthrough our admission portal. 

It will take 3-5 business days to receive your acceptance letter if the following documents have been uploaded to your portal: 

  • All transcripts 
  • English proficiency test score (Duolingo, IELTS, PTE, TOEFL, Michigan English Test (MET).  For African students – WASSCE 

Your official transcript must be submitted to the Office of Admission when you arrive on campus. 

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Paying For Your Education

Please visit the tuition and fees page to learn more about the cost of the program(s) you are considering. 

Fall payment is due on July 31.  Spring payment is due on December 15. 

International students cannot apply for U.S. federal or state financial aid.  International students must be financially secure to pay all expenses while attending Roosevelt University. 

Unfortunately, we don’t offer any full scholarships. However, we do provide limited merit scholarships to graduate and undergraduate students.  Please get in touch with your Admission counselor to determine your eligibility for a scholarship. 

According to U.S. law, on-campus employment is the only legal employment for international students.  However, on-campus jobs are limited. You can find additional details on our international student employment page

What Can I Study?

Here are some important things to know about being an international student at Roosevelt:

  1. Roosevelt offers many undergraduate majors and minors as well as graduate degrees. International students are eligible to enroll in any on-campus Roosevelt degree program. F-1 students can take up to 3 credit hours (one subject) of online study per semester. Your program may not be entirely online.
  2. International students may not study part-time. U.S. immigration law requires all international students on F-1 student visas to maintain full-time enrollment. Undergraduate students must be registered for at least 12 credit hours to be considered full-time. Graduate students must be registered for at least 9 credit hours to be considered full-time. 
  3. If you are on an F-1 visa, your academic advisor will register you for classes after you receive your visa.  You will receive an email notification after the registration is completed.  Please check your email regularly. Your advisor will review your academic credentials and assign the appropriate credit hours for graduate students and a minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate students.
  4. Learn more about maintaining immigration status and international student employment.
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Take a Virtual Tour

We want to show you everything Roosevelt has to offer…but we get it, you’re far away. That’s why you can start with a virtual visit.

Abel Amezcua, a Roosevelt admission counselor who speaks Spanish and frequently works with prospective undocumented students and their parents

Virtual Counselor Appointments

Connect virtually with an international admission counselor 1:1 to discuss how Roosevelt is right for you.

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Virtual Information Sessions

Are you interested in learning more about Roosevelt University? Attend one of our virtual information sessions to see why Roosevelt University is the place for you.

In this session you will learn about the admission process of international students, including visa requirements and work authorization, followed by Q&A. 

“Roosevelt is the best-kept secret in Chicago, a place with unique values and ethics where everyone is supported, academically and socially.”

– Temitope Paulson, International Graduate Student, Nigeria

Chicago is Our Campus

Our convenient downtown campus grants you access to one of the world’s greatest cities, with two major airports and a vast public transportation system that allow you to experience Chicago without a car. World-class entertainment districts, restaurants and sports venues await you during every season.


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International Admissions