International Students

Resources for International Students

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English as a Second Language

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers high quality English Language instruction to non-native speakers of English. The Institute is an integral part of Sacred Heart University, where our students can participate in campus activities and events as well as meeting other students.  These programs are designed for students who are 17 and older.  All new students are required to take a placement test. The Institute offers four 8-week semesters and a short intense summer session of 5 weeks.  International students can apply for their student visa when enrolled in the intensive or semi-intensive programs.  Students will receive a conditional acceptance to our undergraduate and graduate programs while attending the English Language Institute.

International Undergraduate Admissions

Sacred Heart University welcomes students from around the world to our Fairfield Campus. Our students represent many countries including Japan, Canada, Bermuda, Italy, Ireland, Tanzania and France. As an International student, you are eligible to apply to an undergraduate program at Sacred Heart University if you have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary school education (approximately twelve years of formal education) and have the appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on leaving examinations.
 
Sacred Heart University classifies an international student as a student who does not hold U.S. citizenship or U.S. Permanent Residency (U.S. Resident Alien) and needs an F1 student visa. This includes students who are living and/or studying outside the U.S. and students who are living and/or studying in the U.S. at the time of their application for admission.

International Graduate Admissions

Sacred Heart University welcomes students from around the world. Our students represent many countries including Japan, Canada, United Kingdom, China, India, Thailand and France.  As an International student, you are eligible to apply to Sacred Heart University if you have completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor's degree (approximately 120 credit hours) and have had your post-secondary academic transcript(s) translated by the World Education Services.
 
Sacred Heart University classifies an international student as an individual who does not hold U.S. citizenship or U.S. Permanent Residency (U.S. Resident Alien) and needs an F1 student visa. This includes students who are living and/or studying outside the U.S. and students who are living and/or studying in the U.S. at the time of their application for admission.
 

International Student Services

Sacred Heart University is committed to the academic, personal, spiritual, and social well-being of our international students. Located in Hawley Lounge in the Academic Building, the Student Life Office assists international students with any questions or concerns they may have about visa and immigration matters, adjusting to studying in the United States, or life at Sacred Heart.