International Admissions Requirements

International Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting all general admission requirements indicated on our program-specific requirement pages, an international applicant must submit the following information to be considered for admission to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology:

Proof of English Proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English must submit proof that they are able to communicate in English at a proficient level. Acceptable proof of proficiency includes:

  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report (TOEFL Code: 7161). To be considered for admission, students must submit a minimum score of
    • 79 on the internet-based test
    • 550 on the paper-based test
    • 213 on the computer-based test 
  • Official Pearson Test of English (PTE) score report. To be considered for admission, an applicant must earn a minimum PTE score of 53
  • Official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report. To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit a minimum score of
    • 6.5 on the IELTS test
  • Completion of the required level at a partner ESL institution (please inquire)
    • ELS Educational Services, Inc.
    • Intrax
    • Kaplan International
    • University of California, Irvine Extension
    • York University English Language Institute 
  • Note: The Proof of English Proficiency requirement does not apply to an applicant who either earned an undergraduate or graduate degree or who earned at least 60 credit hours from a university in which the language of instruction was English  (example: American University of Cairo)

Test scores must be submitted to The Chicago School directly from the testing agency, and you must have taken the test within the past 2 years.

Transcript Evaluation

An applicant must submit official academic records from all schools they have attended

In addition to official academic records, an applicant must also submit official “course-by-course” transcript evaluation(s) of all international coursework. This is a requirement for all applicant who have studied at an international institution.

The Chicago School recommends evaluations from:

The evaluation itself is not a guarantee of admission. Please also note that The Chicago School does not pay the cost of a credential evaluation. This fee must be paid by the an applicant.

All transcript evaluations must be submitted to The Chicago School directly from the evaluation agency. Evaluations may be mailed to:

Admissions Operations
C/O The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
203 N. LaSalle, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601
U.S.A.

Immigration Matters – Obtaining an initial I-20 or DS-2019

Full-time on-ground programs: Upon admission to an on-ground full-time degree program, International Programs and Services will request the submission of required documents in order to prepare the proper immigration document (I-20/DS-2019). Details and instructions for obtaining an I-20 for admitted students can be found here. As part of these documents, international students must submit detailed financial statements before a Form I-20/DS-2019 can be processed. These statements should include the amounts and sources of funds available for educational expenses in the United States.

Programs with a low-residency requirement: Prior to being admitted to a low-residency degree program that requires you to travel to the United States for residency, you must reach out to your admissions representative to confirm if your program is eligible for student visa sponsorship. U.S. immigration regulations stipulate that a “B” nonimmigrant (both B-1 visitors for business and B-2 visitors for pleasure) is strictly prohibited from enrolling in a degree program. Prior to admission to a low-residency degree program that requires a residency in the United States, you must reach out to your admissions representative to confirm if your program is eligible for student visa sponsorship. Details and instructions for programs that currently are eligible to issue supporting documentation for obtaining an I-20 for admitted students in low-residency programs can be found here.