International Admissions

Ball State practices rolling admission, which means our staff will review your application and decide on your admission after we receive all of your credentials..

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.

Make sure to review all the steps to apply, which depends on what type of student you are: traditional freshman, transfer, government-sponsored, exchange, or online.

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

Freshman

You should apply as a freshman undergraduate student if:

  • you have completed or will complete high school or secondary school before the semester you apply to start
  • you have not attended a university, college, or other postsecondary institution
  • you wish to earn a bachelor’s degree

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Requirements

  • You must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPAs).
  • You must earn a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFEL) score of 79, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or Pearson’s PTE of 53.
  • SAT/ACT exams are not required for admission.
  • You must pay a nonrefundable application fee of U.S. $55.
  • If we do not receive scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS, we will automatically consider you for conditional admission.

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
  • fax to 765-285-3710
Academic Records—You must provide high school transcripts and diplomas from all institutions where you have studied in the past. They must be submitted in English (10th, 11th, and 12th grade, or equivalent). Transcripts from schools located in the United States must be sent directly from the institution to Ball State.

After Step 2

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

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 we received your documents and are reviewing your files.
  • You will receive your visa-enabling documents (I-20 or DS-2019) through the mail after Ball State admits you.

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

Transfer

You should apply as an undergraduate transfer student if:

  • you have completed or will complete high school or secondary school before the semester you apply to start
  • you have attended a university, college, or other postsecondary institution for a minimum of one semester or have earned at least 24 credit hours and wish to earn a bachelor's degree

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You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email
  • fax to 765-285-3710

Requirements

  • You must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPAs).
  • A Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5, or Pearson’s PTE of 53.

  • SAT/ACT exams are not required for admission.

  • You must indicate your previous university or college on the online application to be considered for transfer credits.
  • There is a nonrefundable application fee of $55.
  • If we do not receive scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS, we will automatically consider you for conditional admission.

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 from the Rinker Center for International Programs’ admissions team explaining important documentation that you will need to submit in order to complete your application.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email
  • fax to 765-285-3710
Academic Records—You have two options to consider when applying as an undergraduate transfer student.

Course Descriptions—You must submit course descriptions for every course you wish to receive transfer credit for. Course descriptions must be in English. They can be copied from your home institution’s course catalog, course syllabi (outlines for how the courses proceed), or written by your academic advisor.

After Step 2

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

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 an undergraduate exchange-program student if you:

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

We partner with nearly 20 other universities, plus you have other options. See the programs.

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Requirements

  • You must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (some programs require higher GPAs).

  • A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) score of 79, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5, or Pearson’s PTE score of 53.

  • SAT/ACT exams are not required for admission.

  • If we do not receive scores for either the TOEFL or IELTS, we will automatically consider you for conditional admission.

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.

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 from the Rinker Center for International Programs’ admissions team explaining important documentation that you will need to submit in order to complete your application.

You can submit all necessary documentation by:

  • email
  • fax to 765-285-3710

Academic Records—You have two options to consider when applying as an exchange student.

Course Descriptions—You must submit course descriptions for every course you wish to receive transfer credit for. Course descriptions must be in English. They can be copied from your home institution’s course catalog, course syllabi (outlines of course plans), or written by your academic advisor.

After Step 2

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

You must submit the following documentation after you have been admitted to Ball State. 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 only for 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 proof of funding.

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. You will receive necessary information from your exchange student coordinator.

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 admits you.

Online

Apply Now as an undergraduate

You should apply as an undergraduate student in the online and distance education program if:

  • you have completed or will complete high school or secondary school 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 bachelor’s degree or undergraduate 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.