International Applicants

Special Requirements for International Applicants

Embry-Riddle is authorized under federal laws to enroll non-immigrant alien students. An international applicant is defined as a non-resident, non-immigrant applicant who enters the U.S. with a visa allowing for full-time study.

In addition to the above required documents, international applicants must also submit the following:

  1. All applicants whose native language is not English, or who were educated at schools where English was not the language of instruction in all disciplines, must submit their official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent directly from the testing authority. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 79 internet based (ibt)/550 written test/213 computer-based test.  The minimum IELTS score is 6.0
  2. Official sealed transcripts must be submitted. For any transcript not in English, a notarized English translation must also be provided with the application.

I-20 Requirements for International Students

Upon admission, international students who will be studying at ERAU with an F-1 student visa must submit the following:

  1. Affidavit of Financial Support.
  2. Supporting bank letter verifying appropriate funds on deposit. Please refer to the student’s acceptance packet for the specific dollar amount requirement. This amount will reflect the amount needed to cover tuition, fees, books, health insurance, and living expenses for one year.  Students who will be accompanied by family members (spouse or children) must also show proof of funding to support those individuals. The amount necessary is specified on the ERAU Affidavit of Support document.  In the case of sponsored students, an official notification of public or private sponsorship will take the place of a bank letter. A University assistantship contract does not relieve a student from the requirement to provide both a financial affidavit and a supporting bank letter, unless waived by the appropriate University official. International students must be fully prepared upon arrival on campus to meet all normal living expenses and manage their finances for the period of time required to complete the degree.
  3. The I-20 Form must be in the student’s possession to be presented to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to obtain the necessary entry visa before departure to the U.S.
  4. The I-20 will be issued to the student at an appropriate time following acceptance to the University, if all required financial documentation has been received. I-20's are normally issued no more than 5 month before the start of the term of acceptance.

Transfer students should seek the assistance of the international student advisor at their current university to assist them with the transfer procedures. Upon receiving their admission letter, transfer students should contact their current school’s International Student Service Office and request that their SEVIS record be released to Embry-Riddle at the end of their last semester at their current school. This will allow our admissions office to issue a new I-20, provided that proof of funding has been submitted to Embry-Riddle.