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Are you a Beginning Freshman? (undergraduates only)

You should apply as a beginning freshman if you have completed or are scheduled to complete the entire (primary/secondary) university preparatory sequence in the country where you studied. If you are homeschooled or have attended an alternative school, you should submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability. You should also review our country-specific secondary preparation requirements since students from certain educational systems may require post-secondary education to become eligible for admission as a freshman.

Review Admission Requirements for undergraduate study.

Application Checklist



Application Priority Dates

To ensure timely processing, please take note of our priority dates. Although we will accept applications throughout the year, missing the priority date may delay your admission until the following semester. Applicants are periodically notified by email of their admission status. All required information should be received to guarantee the receipt of required immigration documents. The priority dates for each semester are:

Fall Semester    June 1st
Spring Semester    October 1st
Summer Session I/II    April 1st

Application Fee

The $60 application fee is required of all applicants and is non-refundable. You may make payment at the time you submit your electronic application by using your credit card. If you have any difficulties with the payment portion of the application process, please contact the Office of International Student Serivces at oiss@iusb.edu.


Official Academic Records

You must submit official transcripts, including work already completed and work currently in progress. The records should show a complete list of courses taken, grades received and any diplomas or certificates earned. Transcripts should also indicate the number of credits awarded for each course or the number of hours of classroom, lecture, and laboratory and include information about the school's grading scale.

Applicants will receive information within 5 business days of submitting the application about how to submit supporting documents. Please note that those applying for admission in Fall 2014 will receive instructions about how to set up an IStart account. You may upload copies of the official academic records through the IStart account. Original, official documents should then be sent to the Office of International Student Services directly from your secondary school.

Click here to view detailed requirements.

If the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts in your native language.
Click here to view more information about English translations.

MAILING ADDRESS:
Office of International Student Services
1700 Mishawaka Ave.
PO Box 7111
South Bend, IN 46634-7111


English Language Proficiency Documentation

Click here to view the list of countries in which IUSB recognizes English as the native language.

If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English before you can be admitted to IU South Bend. While TOEFL is the preferred method of documentation, there are many ways to meet this requirement.

Click here to read IU South Bend's requirements for undergraduates.

Students who have not yet met this requirement may apply for "Conditional Admission." If applying for Conditional Admission, please indicate that you would like to apply for "Conditional Admission." Applicants, who meet the academic requirements, will be issued a conditional acceptance letter. Students will not be fully admitted until the English language proficiency requirement is met.



Statement of Purpose

This statement is not required but it is is considered in awarding the first-year scholarships. There are no requirements for what you must discuss in your statement; however, the questions below may help you develop content.

  • What undergraduate degree program at IU South Bend do you wish pursue (certificate, associate or bachelor)?
    What academic subject or major to you wish to study in this program?
    What are your objectives for pursuing this degree and major?
  • As of today, what academic achievement(s) are you most proud of?
    Have you done any service, volunteer or extracurricular activities?
  • For students who have completed their secondary education, have you been away from school for more than three months?
    If so, how did you spend the time?
  • Looking at your educational record, have you failed any courses or earned more than one or two poor grades?
    How will you avoid the same mistakes you made that caused your poor performance?
  • Is there anything else in your background that you want to bring to the admission committee's attention as it reviews your application?


Immigration Documentation

Non-U.S. residents: Submit a photocopy of your passport page showing your name and date of birth. If you are currently in the U.S., submit a photocopy of your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and visa stamp.

U.S. residents, refugees, or asylees: Your most recently issued U.S. immigration document such as Resident Alien Card or USCIS Approval Notice.

Review restrictions on study for certain visa holders (B-1/B-2, F-1 OPT, F-2, J-1).



Documentation of Financial Support

If you are requesting an I-20 in order to obtain a student visa, you must submit documentation of financial support proving that sufficient funds are available to cover all study and living expenses for the first year of study. Documentation must be less than 12 months old at the start of your study program and may be submitted in the following formats:

  • An original or certified true bank statement or scholarship letter. See the following link for other acceptable financial documents.
  • Privately sponsored students must submit an affidavit of support from the individual named on the financial documents.
  • Government-sponsored students must submit an official letter from the government specifying the terms of the scholarship and addressed to IU South Bend.