International Students

Emory University welcomes international students to apply to the Pre-College Program. Emory is home to many students and scholars from around the world. The University values the significant contributions to campus learning these students and scholars make. International visitors foster awareness of and respect for other cultures and bring unique perspectives into the classroom.  

Read more about the international pre-college student's experience from the perspective of Chinese students. Available in English and Chinese.

On this page you will find the following information:

Program Criteria
Application Requirements
Admitted International Students
Who to contact for questions

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until classes are full.  International students are encouraged to apply early. Your application will be reviewed and considered once all the required admission materials are submitted.

Please note :: If your VISA requires an appointment with the U.S. consulate in your home country, you are strongly encouraged to apply by May 1. This is to ensure your Visa is processed by the program start date.

Program Criteria

♦ Students who do not have permanent citizenship in the United States are considered International.

♦ International student applicants must be in 10th or 11th grade in high school, or the equivalent, and at least 15 years of age by the check-in date. Students who wish to enroll in a lab science course must be at least 16 years of age.

♦ Students may apply for two-week or three-week, noncredit courses only.

♦ Applicant must have above-average secondary school grades and excellent English language skills to ensure success in the college-level classroom. If your first language is not English, you must have taken the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) and scored approximately 90 on the IBT (internet-based test). Other recognized English language qualification test scores, such as the Cambridge or IELTS exams, may be submitted as well.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your English language skills are not adequate, we reserve the right to move you to another class in the program that will be more suitable.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission, international students must submit the following:

  • Non-refundable $70.00 application fee paid online.
  • A complete official transcript for 9th grade AND secondary school with certified English translations.
  • An academic recommendation from a secondary school teacher or counselor stating your English language proficiency level.
  • A writing sample in English. A writing prompt is provided in the online application and can only be viewed by logging in or creating a new application.
  • Standardized test score results for PSAT, PreACT, ACT, or SAT.  Practice tests are not accepted.
  • TOEFL score report from ETS (Educational Testing Service) Cambridge or IELTS.
  • A Skype interview will be required.

Admitted International Students

Upon acceptance, the Pre-College Program will send the applicant an official letter of acceptance certifying approval for admission and the student's approved course of study.  The letter will confirm the program dates, pre-arrival information, and the tuition, fees, and payment deadline.

Admitted students are strongly encouraged to review the following items in order to prepare for travel.

♦ Visa and Passport Information

♦ Health Insurance

♦ Travel to and from Emory University

♦ Early arrival / Late departure

♦ Orientation Day

♦ Ordering and shipping textbooks

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Questions regarding the application process, visas, early arrival or late departure?

Please contact:
Ursula Spitzer