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A. An Undergraduate Application or Graduate Application; Lander University prefers its students to apply online.

Application Deadlines
International Students
Fall semester - June 15
Spring Semester - November 1
Summer Semester - March 15

B. Applicants should supply official school records (transcripts, diplomas, certificates of study, etc.) in original language and also officially certified English translations. Students must have a "course-by-course" evaluation completed by a credential evaluation service that is certified by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Education Credentials (NACES). Students often provide evaluations from SpanTran, World Evaluation Services (WES), or Educational Perspectives. Students may be asked to provide course descriptions or syllabi to determine if and how individual courses might transfer to Lander - the payment and all contact regarding this process is done directly with the evaluation service of your choice and is the responsibility of the student.

C. English Proficiency - while exchange and degree seeking International Students must be proficient in English before acceptance, this proficiency may be demonstrated in one of five ways:

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - The minimum score on the TOEFL is 70. TOEFL's institutional code for Lander is 5363.
  2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - A student is considered proficient with a score of at least 6.0 with no subtest scores less than 5.0.
  3. Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). The minimum score is 600.

  4. Duolingo minimum score of 105.

  5. English being the official native language.

  6. Completion of the equivalent of Lander's ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

  7. Appropriate English subscore on SAT/ACT: 450 SAT or 18 ACT verbal

  8. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university.

D. Students must submit an affidavit of support indicating the source of funds being made available to the student to cover all educational and living expenses while enrolled at Lander. This affidavit must indicate the amount of money being provided and the length of time the funds will be available. If sponsorship is through an organization or government agency, the Office of International Programs should be notified directly by the sponsor of the terms of scholarship support. In all cases, students will be responsible for paying their fees at the time of registration. The Undergraduate International Fees Sheet (PDF) or the Graduate International Fees Sheet (PDF) will provide you with an estimate of expenses for the fall and spring semesters (September - April). Please note expenses may change without notice. Visit the forms section for important international application forms. Information on how to pay tuition and fees in their local currency from nearly any country can be found here.

The International Admissions Officer reserves the right to request other information which may be necessary to evaluate the application.

All credentials for International Students must be submitted at least 6 months prior to term of enrollment in order to give this office and the United States Embassy's or Counselor's Offices adequate time to process your visa application.

Upon admission, a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) will be issued. This form will be used to apply for an F-1 Student visa. Holders of F-1 Student visas must enroll as a full time student (at least 12 semester hours) for every semester they are in the United States.

ALL International Students and their dependents residing in the United States must participate in the Lander Student Insurance program (usually between $1,000 - $1,300 per year) If you have questions concerning benefits/coverage of this plan, please contact Kim Shannon at 864-388-8032 or A health service fee is also required for the student for each term of enrollment.