Apply and Getting Started

We welcome applicants from throughout the world.   

International students are admitted to SCU by multiple departments at the University and deadlines and application materials differ by program.  Most programs require:

Advisors are available to help with questions!

Programs and Application Requirements

Undergraduate Applicants

Graduate Applicants

  • Explore our graduate programs
  • Learn about English Proficiency requirements for Graduate programs

Non-degree Applicants

Learn about our Non-degree exchange and visiting student programs

Normally, English proficiency requirements are the same as for students admitted to degree status for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Immigration Process

Learn about the steps to join SCU as an international student. Request the immigration documents you need. Begin your visa application process.

Arrival in the U.S.

Plan your travel to SCU. Prepare to arrive in the U.S. Learn what to bring and what to buy when you get here. Explore the immigration entry experience.

International Student Welcome

Explore International Student Welcome and New Student Orientation. Enjoy a preview of the activities and events during your first week, quarter and year at SCU.

US immigration regulations are complex and change frequently.  The University strives to maintain a website that is both current and helpful, however, Santa Clara University is not responsible for students maintaining lawful immigration status; this is the responsibility of the student.  Further, resources and links do not constitute endorsement by Santa Clara University.

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David Chan

"Get to know the people around you, especially, if you’re international.  Really immerse yourself in the culture and in the school, try different things…That’ll change your whole perspective."