Non-Saint Mary's and International Applicants

Currently Accepting Applications for Fall 2021

Not a Saint Mary's undergraduate but still interested in our program?  Whether you are enrolled in an undergraduate degree at another US institution or an international one, we are happy to meet and advise you on pathways into our program. Please refer to the guidelines below to help ensure that your application process is as smooth as possible. 


Since our program is designed to have two graduate level courses completed during the undergraduate degree, students coming from other institutions must either transfer equivalent courses into the program or make arrangements to take summer courses in our program or another (at additional cost) before entry.  Please review whether you have access to such courses at your current institution.  Then contact Depending on the possibilities, we will advise you to complete an online application for admission as your next step in the process. 

In addition to the program application requirements, international applicants are required to submit the following:

1) Educational Records (with application)

Applicants must submit the following documentation for all academic institutions attended:

  • official transcripts in the original language
  • translations if original documents are in a language other than English
  • official degree conferral certificate is required if the transcript does not list the name of the degree and the conferral date
  • transcript evaluation (see below)

How to get a transcript evaluation:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. 
PO Box 514070 
Milwaukee WI 53203-3470 
tel: 414-289-3400 
fax: 414-289-3411

World Education Services 
P.O. Box 745 
Old Chelsea Station 
New York, NY 10113-0745 
tel: 212-966-6311 
fax: 212-739-6100 
toll-free: 800-937-3895

2) English Language Proficiency (with application)

International applicants must submit a valid TOEFL or IELTS score, unless they qualify for one of the exceptions below.

Minimum TOEFL: 79 iBT            

Minimum IELTS: 6.5 

Applicants may waive the language test requirement for one of the following reasons:

  • Completed an undergraduate or a graduate degree in a country where the medium of instruction is English
  • Completed a minimum of 60 transferable credit hours at a US university
  • Completed four consecutive years of study at a US high school

3) Bank Statement or Bank Affidavit (upon acceptance)

Please submit bank statements or bank affidavit to the Coordinator via email at

Admitted students will be issued I-20 immigration forms once the Program has received all of the above PLUS the $250 tuition depoist in US currency.  

4) A copy of your passport (upon acceptance)

Applicants who require an F1 student visa must submit a copy of their valid passport. This can be scanned and emailed to the Coordinator directly at

5) Certification of Finances (upon acceptance)

Applicants who require an F1 student visa must submit proof of funding to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for one year. Please submit the Certification of Finances form available at on the Center for International Programs (CIP) webpage to the Coordinator via email at


The Center for International Programs (CIP) is ready to assist international students with questions about study abroad, international student visas, insurance coverage, International Club membership, Global Living and Learning Community placement and much more. 

The Center is the home for international students at Saint Mary's and is the first stop that international student make on campus. CIP staff assists students with a variety of needs including immigration and visa advisement, academic advisement, and adjustment to campus life. The CIP provides an interactive orientation program, academic counseling, tutorial services, and social and intercultural communication programs. As home for the SMC International Club, the Center is the place to gather and meet students from a number of countries. For direct assistance with any of the above, please call 925-631-4352. CIP is located on the first floor of Brother Jerome West.