international admissions


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The international admissions office practices rolling admission, which means our staff will review your application and decide on your admission after we receive all of your credentials. Please be aware that the academic department for the program to which you are applying may have a specific set deadline. Please be sure to check with the academic department for your program directly.

You should apply for admission as an international student if you are not a united States citizen or a Permanent Resident of the U.S. If you are a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. but have a foreign transcripts, please apply directly through the Ball State Graduate School.

Make sure to review all the steps below to apply, which depends on what type of student you are: traditional graduate, exchange, or online.

Please read each description carefully to ensure you apply correctly and have the best chances of being admitted to Ball State.

You should apply as an international graduate student if:

  • You have completed or will complete your undergraduate degree before the semester you apply starts.
  • You wish to earn a graduate degree(master's, doctoral, specialist, or certificate)
  • Some doctoral programs do not require a Master's degree. Refer to this list for further information.

 






Graduate

You should apply as an international graduate student if:

  • you have completed or will complete your undergraduate degree before the semester you apply to start
  • you wish to earn a graduate degree (master’s, doctoral, specialist, or certificate)

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Requirements

  • You must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPAs).
  • You must pay a nonrefundable application fee of $60.
  • If you have a foreign transcript, you should submit a World Education Services (WES) evaluation report. The type of evaluation to choose is the ICAP course-by-course report issued to Ball State University. Visit www.wes.org for further information.
Not all Ball State graduate programs allow conditional admission for students who need to improve their English-language skills. Programs that do not allow conditional admission require one of the following:
  • a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79
  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5
  • a Pearson's Academic PTE score of 53
  • 24 academic credit-bearing hours from a U.S. school
  • a degree from one of the countries on the TOEFL and IELTS waiver list
We highly recommend that you check your specific program website for additional departmental requirements. See all graduate programs.

After Step 1

  • You will receive an email explaining how to activate your Ball State account (if you do not have an existing account).
  • You will receive an email explaining important documentation that will need to be submitted in order to complete your application.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email to intadmit@bsu.edu
  • fax to 1-765-285-3710

Academic Records - You must submit college transcripts and diplomas, In English, from all institutions where you have studied in the past. Transcripts from schools in the U.S. must be sent directly from the institution to Ball State University to the following address:

     International Admissions and Recruitment Office

     Carmichael Hall, Room 201 - Ball State University

     Muncie, IN 47304

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email
  • fax to 1-765-285-3710

Academic Records

Non-U.S. Transcripts - submit a World Education Services (WES) evaluation report. The type of evaluation to choose is the ICAP course-by-course report issued to Ball State University. Visit www.wes.org for further information.

U.S. Transcripts - Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Ball State University.

After Step 2

  • You will receive an email confirming that we received your documents and are reviewing your files.
  • If any other documentation is required based on your situation, you will be contacted.
  • Graduate applications go through three levels of review: they are first reviewed by the International Admissions office. If all requirements are met, the application is forwarded on to the Graduate School for review. If the application meets all Graduate School requirements, it will be forwarded to the academic department for your program for a final admission decision.
  • Once your application is complete and a decision has been made, you will receive an email confirming your admission or denial to Ball State.

You must submit the following documentation after you have been admitted to Ball State, and we suggest that you submit the materials as soon as possible.  You can view the financial documentation instructions here.

Passport Photocopy - You must provide a copy of the main passport page for you and any dependents (including your spouse) you plan to bring with you to Ball State.

Financial Documentation - You must document your ability to pay for your living expenses and university fees through one of the following.

  • Personal Funding
  • Private Sponsorship (Family and Friends)
  • Ball State Sponsorship
  • Government Sponsorship

Ball State cannot create visa-enabling documents for international students (I-20 or DS-2019) until we have received these items.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email to intadmit@bsu.edu
  • fax to 1-765-285-3710

You must submit the following documentation after you have been admitted to Ball State, and we suggest that you submit the materials as soon as possible.

Passport Photocopy — You must provide a copy of the main passport page for you and any dependents (including your spouse) you plan to bring with you to Ball State.

Financial Documentation — You must document your ability to pay for your living expenses and university fees through one of the following:

  • personal funding
  • private sponsorship (family and friends)
  • Ball State sponsorship

Ball State cannot create visa-enabling documents for international students (I-20 or DS-2019) until we have received these items.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email
  • fax to 765-285-3710

After Step 3

  • You will receive an email confirming that your documents were received and that your file is being reviewed.
  • If any other documentation is required based on your situation, you will be contacted.
  • You will receive your visa-enabling documentation (I-20 or DS-2019) by postal mail (DHL or FedEx) upon admission to Ball State University.

Step 1.

Visit the eShipGlobal website. 

 

Step 2.

Register/create an account. You will need:

 

  • Email Address (activation and shipping information will be sent here)
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number

 

Step 3.

Activate your account. Once you have created your account, you will receive a notification in your email that prompts you to activate your account. In order to use this service, you will need complete activation. 

 

Step 4.

Create the shipping label. After activating your account:

 

  1. Select "Send documents to your University"
  2. Select "Indiana" from the map of the United States
  3. Select "Ball State University"
  4. Select "International Admissions"
  5. Enter in your (sender) information and continue.
  6. Select "Ship/Quote" and choose your carrier.
  7. Select your payment method. Pay close attention to the information submitted. Any errors or incorrect information will result in a delay in the mailing of your documents

 

Step 5.

Receive your confirmation email from eShip Global. This email will contain all the information relating to your shipment. This confirmation email will be used to track your documents (within 24-48 hours after the package has been sent).

 

Be sure to follow all directions as given by http://study.eshipglobal.com

If you have any additional questions or concerns about how to use this service, please email support@eshipglobal.com

 

Exchange

Ball State has established exchange partnerships with universities around the world.

Consider applying as a graduate exchange-program student if you:

  • plan to take graduate courses or seek a graduate degree
  • find that your home university has an exchange partnership with Ball State, such as International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)

Graduate students from Ball State wishing to participate in an exchange program need clearance from their department before applying.

We partner with nearly 20 other universities, plus you have other options. See the programs. (hyperlink: a.03 - Exchange Partnerships)

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  • You must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPAs).

Application fees are waived for all inbound exchange students. If you have already completed an application for your home institution, then you do not have to complete the online application.

Not all Ball State graduate programs allow conditional admission for students who need to improve their English-language skills. Programs that do not allow conditional admission require one of the following:

  • a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79
  • an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5
  • a Pearson's Academic PTE score of 53
  • 24 credit hours from a U.S. school
  • a World Education Services (WES) evaluation report
  • a degree from one of the countries on the TOEFL and IELTS waiver list

We highly recommend that you check your specific program website for departmental requirements. See all graduate programs.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email
  • fax to 765-285-3710

Scans, emails, and faxes of your documents are all accepted.

Academic Records — You must submit college transcripts and diplomas, in English, from all institutions where you have studied in the past. Transcripts from schools in the U.S. must be sent directly from the institution to Ball State.

Official Course Descriptions – You must submit course descriptions for every course you wish to receive transfer credit for. Course descriptions must be in English.

After Step 2

  • You will receive an email confirming that we received your documents and are reviewing your files.

You must submit the following documentation after you have been admitted to Ball State, and we suggest that you submit the materials as soon as possible.

Passport Photocopy — You must provide a copy of the main passport page for you and any dependents (including your spouse) you plan to bring with you to Ball State.

Financial Documentation — You must document your ability to pay for your living expenses and university fees through one of the following:

  • personal funding
  • private sponsorship (family and friends)
  • Ball State sponsorship

Financial documents are valid for only six months from the date of issue. Applicants are allowed to have a maximum of three sponsors for their education.

Note: If your exchange consortium (for example, ISEP) is sponsoring your studies, then we do not require financial documentation.

Third party release form – You will receive this document as an email attachment. Please fill it out and include any advisors, such as your home institution coordinators, whom you might wish us to release information to concerning your application.

Ball State cannot create visa-enabling documents for international students (I-20 or DS-2019) until we have received these items.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email
  • fax to 765-285-3710

After Step 3

  • You will receive an email confirming that we received your documents and are reviewing your file.
  • You will receive your visa-enabling documentation (I-20 or DS-2019) by express mail courier after Ball State confirms your admission.

Online

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You should apply as a graduate online distance education program if:

  • you have completed or will complete your undergraduate degree before the semester you apply to start
  • you plan to take courses online only while residing outside of the United States
  • you wish to earn a master’s, doctorate, or specialist degree or certificate

English Proficiency Requirement

Conditional admission is not permitted for online degrees.

You must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the following options:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Test System (IELTS)
  • 24 credit hours from a U.S. school
  • a degree from one of the countries on the TOEFL and IELTS waiver list (hyperlink: Page ID a.2).

Authorization

If you are currently in the United States and want to be a distance learning student, you must obtain authorization based upon your visa status.

Contact International Student Services and your current visa sponsor to obtain permission.