Frequently Asked Questions

What degrees are offered at the University of Evansville?

A full description of the degrees and programs of study at the University of Evansville are available on the academics pages of this site.

What happens if I change my mind about my major or if I do not know which area I want to study?

No problem! American education allows students to change their minds about their majors or courses of study. However, it is important for international students to choose the major that best fits their intended field of study when they apply for admission as it may impact their ability to get a visa if they are "undecided". Students may change their course of study at any time as long as they meet the requirements for that particular field of study.

How do I apply for admission to UE?

Submit the International Application for Undergraduate Admission. Be sure that the name on the application is the exact name as used on your passport. You may fill out an application online.

  • Include a copy of the front page of your passport (photo page).
  • Send us your academic records. We need official (original or certified) copies of all records from secondary school and post-secondary institutions. A certified English translation should be attached if the documents are in a language other than English.
  • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the IELTS test SAT or ACT.
    • You must score at least 61 (internet based) or 500 (paper based) on the TOEFL or a 5.5 on the IELTS to receive unconditional admission for an undergraduate program. If you score less than 61 IBT or 5.5 IELTS, you may receive conditional acceptance, pending satisfactory completion at a later date.
  • Arrange for a letter of recommendation from a principal, teacher, or person familiar with your academic performance (optional but strongly encouraged).
Do I need to take the SAT and/or Achievement Tests?

An SAT or ACT test will be required if you are applying for the following majors: engineering, nursing, and physical therapy. Other majors are not required to take the SAT or ACT, but it is recommended that you take one of these assessment tests if possible. TOEFL or IELTS test results will determine English proficiency for those majors that do not require an SAT or ACT.

If you intend to participate on a Division I athletic team, you must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Your eligibility is based on a combination of your high school GPA and SAT test scores as determined by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

What are my chances of being accepted?

The University looks for international students who have successfully completed their country's full sequence of preparatory studies and examinations required for high school graduation, who have strong academic achievements, are fluent in English and likely to succeed academically at the University of Evansville.

What are my chances for a scholarship?

The University of Evansville offers financial assistance to international students who are strong academically, but unfortunately, the University is unable to offer full scholarships. Because you must be able to pay for a large portion of your education yourself, you will need to have sufficient financial resources to supplement your scholarship. The guidelines for scholarships are nearly the same for international and U.S. students.

If you qualify for several UE scholarships, you will be awarded whichever award is of greatest financial value.

How soon will I know whether or not I have been accepted?

As soon as we have your application, proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT), academic records, we will move quickly to determine your admission status. You should hear from us within 1-2 weeks after your file is complete.

I am accepted; what is next?

Once accepted, an I-20 will be issued after you have provided the following:

  • Include financial documentation of your family's ability to pay costs incurred at the University. A current bank statement showing a balance that will cover school expenses for a minimum of one academic year as well as financial statements for the prior two months indicating deposits are being made regularly into the sponsor's account.
  • Students who have studied at another U.S. university should submit the SEVIS Transfer Form.
How much money will I need?

You must show proof of ability to pay for tuition, room, meals, fees, insurance, as well as your personal expenses. Your scholarship award will be subtracted from the total amount needed.

To view the current expenses: view a complete breakdown of international tuition.

  • Students are required to live in the residence halls to qualify for the full amount of scholarship offered.
  • If you intend to attend classes during the summer, you will need additional funds for summer tuition, housing, food, and personal expenses.
How much money can I earn by working?

Do not count on working to pay for your education. Campus jobs are not guaranteed and off-campus jobs are generally prohibited in the United States. On-campus jobs offer the minimum wage and are limited to seven hours per week.

Must I have health insurance?

Yes. You may not register for classes until you show proof of medical insurance. Even with medical insurance, you may still incur minimum medical expenses above the insured amount.

If I am a transfer student, how do I receive credit for previous course work?

Complete documentation will include a professional translation (for languages other than English) of your transcript and course descriptions. If your degree is from a university outside the U.S., the best approach will be to have your degree assessed by a professional academic evaluation service. The university should receive the assessment directly from the evaluation service. For accreditation services accepted by the university, please contact

How long will it take to earn a degree at UE?

The majority of students will earn a degree within four years. A transfer student must complete at least 48 credit hours with the University of Evansville, and specifically, the last 15 credit hours must be done on the UE campus.

What if I want to apply to Harlaxton College?

Harlaxton College is not a degree-granting institution; it is a study abroad site. International students may spend a semester at Harlaxton College after their first full year at UE. Your academic advisor will help you decide which semester is best for you.

What are your deadlines?

Although we will do all we can to help you, we generally must have all required documents before June 1 for an August entry and before November 1 for January entry. We will make the admission decision as soon as possible, but we need time to mail the acceptance packet and I-20 to you, and you need time to get your visa and make travel arrangements.

How do I get a visa?
  • After receiving your I-20 or DS-2019 from the University of Evansville, pay your SEVIS fee at, locate the nearest U.S. Embassy and schedule a visa appointment
  • Take all of your original academic documents and financial statements along with our letter of acceptance, I-20, passport and SEVIS fee receipt.
  • Consult the individual Embassy's website for more information: Each embassy will provide a list of the documents to bring.

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