International Applicants

This refers to non-resident, non-immigrant students planning to study in the U.S. (typically on an F-1 or a J-1 visa.) The following items must be provided:

  1. Completed application and $50 application fee (non-refundable).
  2. Official copy of upper secondary school academic records (must be sent directly from the school to Embry-Riddle). These records must arrive in the Admissions Office in the original envelope with an unbroken seal to be considered official. Both original language documents and English translations are required.
  3. Standardized Test Scores - The SAT I reasoning test or the ACT are strongly recommended for admission, and are required for scholarship consideration. Standardized test results are always reviewed in conjunction with your academic record and are never the sole factor used to determine eligibility.  For information about the SAT/ACT test dates and locations please contact:

    The College Board
    Box 125
    Berkeley, CA 94701


    500 ACT Dr.
    P.O. Box 168
    Iowa City, IA 52243-0168
  4. Proof of English Proficiency

International student who will not be graduating from an English educational system within the last two years, or for who English is not the primary langage, must submit official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Cambridge scores.  The preferred TOEFL score for admissions is 79 (IBT-Internet based). The preferred IELTS score for admission is 6.0. The preferred Duolingo score is 105. The preferred Cambridge scores is 170.
There are some cases in which the English proficiency exam will be waived. They include:

  • The student attended an American or International school for a minimum of two years where the primary language of instruction is English.
  • The student attended a U.S. high school and took mainstream English courses for two years.
  • The student attended secondary school for two years in a county where English is the primary language and used for all instruction.
  • The student attended a U.S. college or university for at least two years and took at least two university level English courses (COM 101, Speech, Technical Report Writing, Creative Wringing, etc.) and received a C or better.
  • The student completed an IB (International Baccalaureate) English course of one year in length.
  • The student recommendation form Embry-Riddle's Language Institute (ERLI).

For more information about testing dates and locations contact:

TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
1-609-771-7100 (worldwide)
IELTS International Services
825 Colorado Boulevard, Suite 201
Los Angeles, CA 90041 USA
Telephone: 323-255-2771
Email: ielts@ieltsintl.org
Cambridge English Language Assessment
1 Hills Road
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 1223 553997
Email: helpdesk@cambridgeenglish.org

  1. Transcripts from international post-secondary institutions. An official copy of record of study, grade obtained, examinations passed, and any diplomas, certificates, or degrees received at all secondary, post-secondary, university, and professional schools attended must be sent directly to Embry-Riddle by the school. These records must arrive in the Admissions Office in the original envelope with an unbroken seal to be considered official. All International undergraduate applicants who have any educational experience outside the United States may be required to provide an official evaluation in English including the cumulative grade-point average. High school students are required to have a document-by document evaluation.  Students with university credit are also required to have a course-by-course evaluation.

    Foreign credential evaluations are NOT needed for the following students: students who have attended an IB Program, students who have attended a high school with U.S. Regional Accreditation, students who have attended an American International School.

    The report is considered official only if mailed from the agency directly to the ERAU. Embry-Riddle’s preferred foreign credential service is:

    World Education Services, Inc.
    Bowling Green Station
    P.O. Box 5087
    New York, NY 10274-5087
    Phone: 212-966-6311
    Fax: 212-739-6100

    Please choose the WES ICAP evaluation. We also will accept evaluations from the following services: ACEI, ECE, IERF, IEE, Josef Silny & Associates, and SpanTran.
  1. Letters of recommendation are highly encouraged.
  2. I-20 Requirements for International Students. Before an I-20 can be issued to an admitted student, international students must submit the following:
    1. Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students.
    2. Supporting bank letter verifying appropriate funds on deposit. This amount will reflect the amount needed to cover tuition, fees, books, health insurance, and living expenses for one year, plus adequate funding for each accompanying dependent. 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. At least 30 days prior to matriculation, students accepted for admission must submit a non-refundable $200 advance tuition deposit to confirm their enrollment to the University. The deposit will be held in the student’s account for one year and will be credited toward tuition during the first semester of attendance. After one year, if the student has not enrolled, the deposit is forfeited.
    4. The I-20 Form must be in the student’s possession before departure and presented to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to obtain the necessary entry visa before departure to the U.S.
    5. 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 months before the start of the term of acceptance.
  3. Provide documentation of immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases as described in material sent from the University.
  4. All flight students are required to hold a current First or Second Class Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical certificate. Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) are designated by the FAA to issue these certificates, following completion of an application and a physical examination. Aviation Medical Examiners can be found at the FAA Web site, http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/. International students desiring flight programs will be required to complete federal screening procedures in compliance with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) notification requirements. Specifics will be provided during the admissions process.

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.

All materials submitted become the property of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and cannot be reproduced, returned, or forwarded.


SEVIS is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, consisting of a governmental computerized system to maintain and manage data related to foreign students and exchange visitors during their stay in the United States. This system allows real-time access to this information and assists colleges and universities in ensuring that students comply with the terms of their visas. For more information about SEVIS, please refer to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Web site at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/.

Embry-Riddle Language Institute - ERLI

The Embry-Riddle Language Institute (ERLI) is an intensive English program providing English-language instruction and cultural orientation to non-native speakers of English. If you desire to become more proficient in listening, speaking, reading, and writing the English language, this intensive English program is for you.

Students can be granted conditional acceptance pending completion of our program or a passing TOEFL score, assuming they meet all other University admission requirements. Eligible students are also able to earn a part-time recommendation after successful completion of a semester at ERLI, which allows them to begin their University studies while continuing their English-language studies. Embry-Riddle Language Institute students have full access to all Embry-Riddle facilities.

For more information, contact:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Admissions Office
3700 Willow Creek Road
Prescott, AZ 86301-3720
(800) 888-3728 -or- (928) 777-6600

In order to help students fulfill the English proficiency requirement, Embry-Riddle in Prescott works as a cooperating school with another English language education provider, ELS Language Centers. Students wishing to fulfill the English requirement outside of Embry-Riddle are encouraged to contact ELS Language Centers. If you meet all other admission criteria beside the TOEFL requirement, Embry-Riddle - Prescott can conditionally admit you while you study English with ELS Language Centers.

Upon completion of Level 112 with ELS Language Centers, you can be fully admitted to begin your studies at Embry-Riddle – Prescott.

Please visit the ELS Language Centers website at http://www.els.edu  for more information.

For direct information about Embry-Riddle – Prescott’s cooperating University arrangements with ELS Language Centers, and for a listing of the ELS Language Centers location nearest to our campus, please contact International Admissions at 001.928.777.6600.