International Students

Information for International Students

We welcome international students to Xavier University, New Orleans, Louisiana, and to the United States. Regardless of your native land, once you enroll, you become a valued member of the Xavier Community. The Center for Intercultural and International Programs exists to make your experience a positive one by providing comprehensive support to international students. As international students play a valuable role in our goal to expand Xavier’s borders beyond the United States.

We encourage students to take full advantage of opportunities to participate in University and New Orleans activities. Your involvement contributes to the rich diversity of the community and enhances the development of greater appreciation for different cultures and peoples. Orientation activities are scheduled at the beginning of each semester to ease your adjustment to the Xavier way of life.

Application Deadlines

DeadlinesFall TermSprint Term
College of Arts & SciencesMarch 1September 1
College of PharmacyDecember 3No Admission

First -Time Freshman Applicants

Documents Needed:

  • Secondary School Record (Transcript) in English
  • SAT/ACT test scores
  • Letter of Recommendation from a secondary school official
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (Non-English speaking natives are required to submit) 

Required Minimum Scores: TOEFL: Paper – 550 Internet-Based – 80 IELTS: 7.0

  • Xavier University Certificate of Financial Support- a notarized form indicating who will pay the cost of attendance.
  • Original certificate of national examination taken by the student (if applicable)
  • Additionally, if educated in a non-English speaking secondary school, you must submit a Course-by-Course evaluation of your secondary school work evaluated by a U.S. foreign credential evaluation service. (See recommended services below)

Transfer Applicants- College of Arts & Sciences

Documents Needed:

Official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended. If an applicant has had previous college work outside the United States, the applicant must have his/her records evaluated by a U.S foreign credential evaluation service. You must request a Course-by-Course evaluation of your transcript. Listed below are our recommended agencies:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

SpanTran Evaluation Services

Josef Silny & Associates

World Education Services

  • If not currently enrolled in college, submit a resume or statement of activities
  • High School Transcript if less than 20 credit hours of college work has been completed
  • TOEFL or IELTS Scores (Non-English speaking natives are required to submit) Required Minimum Scores: TOEFL: Paper – 550 Internet-Based – 80 IELTS: 7.0
  • Xavier University Certificate of Financial Support, a notarized form indicating who will pay the cost of attendance.

Transfer Applicants – College of Pharmacy

Non-U.S citizens who do not have a “Green Card” or “Naturalized Citizenship” must include their foreign home address on the Application for Admission.

Transfer Applicants who have attended another U.S. college/university the semester prior to entering Xavier University of Louisiana must complete and submit the "Transfer-In" form before a SEVIS I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) will be issued.


College of Arts & SciencesCollege of Pharmacy
Room & Board$8,598$8,598
Fees (Estimated)$2,365$3,917
Books & Supplies (Estimated)$1,200$1,500
Total (Estimated)$32,757$45,655

Provisions should also be made for expenses such as clothing, personal items, bed linens, laundry, recre- ation and travel. Residence halls are closed when school is not in session: for approximately four weeks during the semester break (December to January) and approximately one month during the summer.

Other accommodations must be sought for these periods and this factor should be considered when determining total expenses for the year. Only U. S. citizens and those who have been issued Green Cards (permanent residents) are eligible for federal financial aid, the primary source of financial assistance. Scholarships are available to a limited number of academically qualified applicants.


It is recommended that students expedite travel and passport procedures well in advance of the intended date of departure to the United States. After being admitted to the University, eligible students will be issued the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Ser- vice (USCIS). Applicants who have a valid “Green Card” or who are “Naturalized Citizens” do not need the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). For information about student Visas and required SEVIS fees, refer to the website at Information on orientation and registration at Xavier will be sent to all admitted students. It is advisable for students to begin their course of study during the Fall semester in order that they may take required courses in proper sequence. Xavier University offers further information for international students through our Center for Intercultural and International Programs.

There are two mandatory requirements that you must complete and submit to Student Health Service prior to registration – 1) Health Clearance and 2) Insurance Information. Each new student must submit the health forms required by the Xavier University Health Services Office Immunization Compliance & Consent for Care Forms. All undergraduate students are required to carry an insurance which provides coverage for physicians and emergency rooms in the New Orleans area. Information about the student health insurance requirement is located on the Student Health Services web page.

Students admitted into the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program should check the College of Pharmacy’s web page for any additional requirements for international students or E-mail the College of Pharmacy at