INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies welcomes applicants from all countries and values the perspectives that international students bring to the SLU community. Please be sure to visit The Office of International Students, CUNY Graduate Center for guidance for international students.

To learn more about SLU see our Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions pages

*Applicants impacted by the closure of ETS testing centers: See English Language Proficiency section below for a new TOEFL/IELTS exam alternative.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Résumé
  • Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts

Full details can be found on SLU Undergraduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions  pages.

If you are on a temporary visa and educated in a non-English speaking environment, you must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting test scores from TOEFL or IELTS (Academic Level) or PTE (Academic level). Please request to have your official test scores sent to our processing center, CUNY/UAPC and/or list our University code 2950 when registering for the exams. Visit the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE website for more information.  Graduate applicants should use GRE/TOEFL code: 2113 to have official test scores sent to SLU’s Office of Admissions.

*Recent Change
Duolingo English Test: Given the recent suspension of activities at testing centers, applicants can now satisfy SLU’s English proficiency exam requirements by taking the Duolingo English Test (DET). Unlike the TOEFL, which has to be taken at a testing center, the DET can be taken at home. We will require a score of 105+ on the DET, which is equivalent to a 80 on the TOEFL.

In addition to the admission criteria that is listed for SLU’s undergraduate and graduate programs, applicants who were educated outside of the United States must submit the following documents:

  • An official transcript in the original language from each postsecondary school/university attended in a sealed envelope, and
  • An international credential evaluation report that includes a course-by-course analysis indicating the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the graduation date and a cumulative grade point average from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

We recommend that documents are submitted to the evaluation service 8-10 weeks ahead of the application deadline to allow for the additional time needed to verify and review credentials.  To be considered for a graduate degree or advanced certificate program, the applicant’s undergraduate degree must be the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

Student Visa (I-20)

International applicants seeking a student visa to study in the U.S. will need to complete the Request for Certificate of Eligibility and the Declaration and Certification of Finances. You can view a copy of the I-20 application and get a list of all the documents needed on  The Office of International Students, CUNY Graduate Center website.

To obtain a student visa for full-time study, you must demonstrate the ability to pay for your entire first year of study in the U.S. You also will be required to indicate the source(s) of funding for your second year. Even if you cannot fully support your first year, please indicate your sources of partial funding. Currently, SLU doesn’t offer international student scholarships. For visa purposes, you should not include potential merit scholarships or loans as sources of funding.

To learn more about Financing Education Costs and University Payment Plan

Estimated Living Expenses Per Year/Semester

Living Away Fall & Spring Living Away One Semester
Books $1,364 $682
Transportation $1,088 $544
Personal $2,387 $1,194
Housing $12,123 $6,062
Food $2,222 $1,111
Lunch $1,232 $616
TOTAL $20,416 $10,209

Immunization Records

All students need to submit proof of MMR immunization and proof or waiver for Meningitis immunization before registering for classes. Review SLU immunization requirements.

Let’s hear from SLU international Alumni

What you need to know about SLU

International students daily life