International Students

The MSCS program is now available for F1 Students! Apply now for Winter 2017 and beyond!

How to apply

Our graduate programs are built upon a diversity of perspectives. Qualified students from various cultures and countries are encouraged to apply.

International applicants who have been awarded a 4-year bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education in a country outside of the U.S. or Canada will need to use one of our approved transcript verification companies (WES (World Education Services), CreditEval, Foreign Credit, Inc., or International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc.). Please take special note that Bologna Accord degrees or 3-year bachelor’s degrees from India may not be deemed as comparable to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree.

You must use the International Application if you belong to the following categories:

(1) Applicants who are applying for an F-1 visa and currently reside abroad.

(2) Applicants who currently hold an F-1 visa and currently reside in the U.S.

International Applicants must inform Admissions Office of their current visa status by indicating the status at the time of application.

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, H4, and H1 visa holders must use the Domestic Applicants link to apply.

Admissions Eligibility – International Applicants

Graduate Admission Requirements: To be considered for admission into Sofia University, graduate applicants must meet the minimum Sofia University Eligibility requirements and Sofia University program requirements set forth by our individual departments. Sofia University minimum requirements for graduate school eligibility are:

  • The completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited, and approved institution from a foreign country, or the completion of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Hold a GPA of at least 3.0 (from the 0.0-4.0 U.S. grading scale) in the last degree completed.
  • Good academic standing at the last institution attended.
  • Satisfactorily meet the minimum test scores for the English Language Proficiency Exam.

Apply

Step 1 – Deadlines:
Look at our deadlines to know when you have to submit your online application and document requirements. Due to the lengthy visa process for students, our international deadlines are much shorter than our domestic deadlines.

STEP 2 – Apply Online:
Apply online to Sofia University. This step must be done regardless of what extra steps you have to do with your specific graduate program.

STEP 3 – Submit $55.00 Application Processing Fee and $355 International Students I-20 Processing  fee
A credit card payment is accepted only during the time you submit the online application.

  • Both fees are non-refundable, even if your application is withdrawn or denied.
  • These fees are only used for the admission term indicated on the submitted application.
  • Fee waivers are not available for graduate applicants at this time.

STEP 4 – Submit WES, IERF, CreditEval, Foreign Credit, Inc., or International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc. evaluation OR official U.S./English-Speaking Canadian Institutions Transcripts to Sofia University:

International School Work and Degrees: All international applicants provide an evaluation from one of our approved transcript verification companies for any educational work. :

Mark sheets/transcripts/degree certificates must be sent directly to WES or one of the other approved companies for evaluation. Sofia University must receive the academic record and the evaluation directly from WES or one of our approved companies. A complete WES or another approved transcript evaluation is required.

Office of Admissions at Sofia University prefers the WES document-by document evaluations (Basic or ICAP) but will also accept course-by-course evaluations (Basic or ICAP).

After you submit your documents to WES, please DO NOT send a copy of your documents to our office as we will receive the completed evaluation directly from WES or one of the other companies. Documents sent directly to Sofia University will not be accommodated.

NOTE: CreditEval provides 24 hour turn around service.

NOTE: Foreign Credit, Inc. is a free service in most cases.

NOTE: Those earning degrees in the Bologna system must submit a completed evaluation which includes ALL academic work and proof of degree conferral. Bologna degrees are carefully reviewed and therefore must be complete. Applicants earning a Bologna degree will not be considered if a partial WES or other evaluation is submitted.

NOTE: Sofia University does NOT deem the 3-year bachelor’s degree from India as comparable to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree and therefore will not meet the University eligibility requirements. All applicants must submit WES or one of the other transcript evaluations and only if the transcript evaluation service states that the degree earned is equivalent to US Bachelor degree, then Office of Admissions will consider moving forward with the application.

STEP 5 – Submit Test Scores:

English Language Proficiency: Sofia does not accept “English-medium of instruction” as a substitute for an English-language proficiency exam such as TOEFL, or IELTS. Letters from applicants or institutions will NOT be accepted. Requests to waive this requirement will only be considered under the following circumstances:

Received a Bachelor’s degree completed in US or other Anglophone country.
The Bachelor’s degree should be from a regionally or nationally accredited university in the US or an officially recognized university in an Anglophone country where English is both the language of instruction and official recognized language of the country.

Applicant’s native language is English. This applies to native English speakers from Anglophone countries.

TOEFL requirements: Sofia University’s TOEFL school code is 9770.

  • A score of 525 or above is required on the paper base exam.
  • A score of 70 or above is required on the internet base exam.
  • The test score must be taken within 2 years.

IELT requirement: An overall band score of 6 or above is required.

*Proof of English proficiency may be waived for a student who has previously earned a college degree taught entirely in English in an English Speaking Country.

STEP 6 – Meet program admissions requirements:
List to all programs

(MATPC and MSCS)
PREREQUISITES:  Bachelor of Science or Arts in information systems, information technology, library science, computer science, or any science or math degree.

(MATPB)
PREREQUISITES: Bachelor of Science or Arts Psychology, Business or any related field.

Statement of Purpose

  • One-page Statement of Purpose is strongly encouraged.
  • Statements must not exceed 1.5 pages in length.
  • Format: 12 pt Times New Roman font, 1-inch margin on all sides, 1.5 line spacing
  • Address the following:
    • First paragraph: Introduce yourself, provide a brief background and state your immediate career goal/objective.
    • Second paragraph: Explain what led you to your interest in specific studies.
    • Third paragraph: If applicable, provide a brief description of your computer science practice, e.g., jobs, internships, etc.
    • Fourth paragraph: Briefly describe any other experiences that either helped you to decide on graduate studies in your designated area or to prepare you for graduate studies.
    • Closing paragraph: Very briefly describe your long-term career goal(s).

STEP 7 – Submit Declaration of Finance Form:

In addition to the online application, all international applicants MUST submit a completed, signed, and dated Declaration of Finance form by the deadline. Please email in pdf format to yuping.du@sofia.edu.

STEP 8 – Submit Bank Letter or Bank Statement:

In addition to the Declaration of Finance, all international applicants MUST submit financial support documents by the posted document deadline. Please email these documents in pdf format to yuping.du@sofia.edu..

Federal immigration regulations require that all international students provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university. The combined U.S. dollar amount from you or your sponsor(s) must equal or exceed the minimum listed for the applied term. Currently, applicants must list at least $38,000 U.S. dollars per year. Please add $10,000 for each requested dependent. Returning applicants that have previously applied must submit a new declaration of finance form with new bank statements.

Requirements for all financial support documents:

  • Current date [note: new forms must be submitted each application term].
  • Account holder’s name, along with type of account with overall monetary amount.
  • Documents on official letterhead with signature and stamp of administrative official.

The types of funds that are accepted include:

Bank Letter or Statement: A letter from your bank, or a copy of your bank statement, showing the amount of liquid funds in your account is required. If you have multiple types of accounts with a bank (i.e. Fixed Deposits, Savings, and Checking), please note that the bank statement must clearly separate the amount for each account. The letter/statement must have been issued within the previous six months and must be reported in U.S. dollars. If you have a sponsor, the name listed on the bank letter or statement must match your sponsor’s name.

Acceptable liquid accounts include:

Checking or savings account
Fixed/time deposits with a maturity date listed and date prior to the start of the term [i.e. -Winter 2016 begins on January 11, 2016] or a statement on that funds may be withdrawn at any time without penalty

Letter of solvency

Funds from government or private agencies – Student must attach a verification letter on letterhead from the government or agency stating the specific amount that will be received. This includes scholarships.

STEP 9 – Submit a Copy of your Current Passport:

The name entered on your Sofia University Admissions application will be the same name that will be used on your I-20 (if you are offered admission). There are no exceptions to this policy at this time.

STEP 10– Submit a Copy of your Current VISA:

All international applicants that currently reside in the U.S. on a VISA, must email a copy of their current VISA to yuping.du@sofia.edu. The VISA copy must be received by the posted deadline.

If Admitted

Acceptance Fee Toward Tuition

For all international students beginning Winter quarter 2017.

If you are admitted, you will receive an “Acceptance Letter” and an “Acceptance Form”. You need to formally accept the Admissions Offer and pay your acceptance deposit fee. This $1000 deposit  will be applicable to your 1st quarter tuition and is non-refundable unless your Visa is denied. If you receive your Visa and decide not to come or choose to transfer to another school, there is NO REFUND of this deposit.

You may pay your fee using our portal system.

Once the payment is made, please make sure to send a copy of your payment to int.admissions@sofia.edu. Shortly after, you should expect to receive your initial I-20 along with our New Students Handbook.

Transfer-In I-20: For admitted students who have a current and active F-1 VISA.

If you are admitted, you will receive an “acceptance letter” from our international student affairs office. You need to formally accept the Admissions Offer and pay your acceptance deposit fee. This $1000 fee will be applicable to your 1st quarter tuition and is non-refundable.

Our office will process your transfer-in I-20 within 2-3 business days once both steps below have been complete:

  • Your current university releases your I-20
  • Our office has received all of your admissions material

Once these items have been processed, you will receive an email with I-20 delivery options.

Registration

If you are offered admission to the University you will receive an official letter of admission. You will be able to use your portal account to view and pay for your courses.

All new international students must register on campus.

Registration hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4 pm

New students’ orientation: Friday, January 13, 2017

All students must be able to pay their fee and tuition at the time of registration.

We look forward to welcoming a new graduate class to our campus. Good Luck!