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Undergraduate International Admissions

​ The International Office of Central Michigan University Global Campus assists applicants if:

  1. You earned credits or a degree from an institution of higher learning outside the United States
  2. Your birthplace is outside the United States regardless of current U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency
  3. You are a Non-Immigrant Visa Status Holder

Please read the following information to determine what additional information you will need to provide to Central Michigan University Global Campus when you apply for admission:

Undergraduate Applications

You must apply 8 to 12 weeks prior to the term you plan to enroll.

Your application will not be considered complete or evaluated until we have all required documents. Documents should be mailed to the following address:

Central Michigan University
Attn: International Admissions
Global Campus
802 Industrial Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI USA 48858

You will receive written acknowledgement that CMU has received your application. This notice will also tell you if any necessary items are missing from your file.

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

Evidence of English Language proficiency is required for all students who graduated from a higher education institution outside of the United States where the primary language of instruction was not English.

You must provide one of the following:

  • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score, dated within two (2) years of admission application.
    • Score of 550 or above on a paper test or 213 or above on a computer test or 79 or above on an internet test (IBT).
  • Successfully completing (GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or it's equivalent) of at least 24 credit hours of work in a recognized undergraduate program where the language of instruction is/was English.
  • Satisfactory completion in a course of study (e.g. high school diploma or baccalaureate degree) where the language of instruction was English.

All test scores must be less than 2 years old. Test scores must be sent directly from the ETS (English Testing Site) office. CMU's Global Campus institution code is 1106.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Evidence of having completed primary and secondary level of at least 12 years.
  • Accredited/ recognized standing by the appropriate educational authority in the country of issue.
  • Past academic performances of the applicant, are used as indicators of the likelihood that the applicant can successfully complete the course of study. CMU uses the U.S. 4.0 Grade Point Average Scale and the minimum admission G.P.A. requirement for most undergraduate level programs is 2.0 G.P.A. See bulletin for academic admission requirements for specific programs.

Record of Academic Work

  • Official academic documents (transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, diplomas, examination results) from institutions outside the United States must be either originals, or copies certified by the issuing academic institutions. Central Michigan University will not accept photocopies, faxes or notarized copies.
  • Official high school transcript requested from the principal of the high school attended.
  • Certified copy of the GED test score secured from the school district which awarded the GED to document satisfactory completion of the exam.
  • All transcripts must be sealed and unopened in order to be accepted as official documents. Transcripts forms can be found here.
  • An official transcript must bear the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution.
  • If a transcript is not in English, an official English translation, certified by the college of university, must be provided.
  • Each transcript should indicate years of attendance, subjects studied and the grade earned in each subject. A key to the grading system also should be included.
  • Academic Credential Evaluation Agencies: All course by course and credential evaluations must be sent directly from the Evaluation Agency (ECE or WES) accommodated by a photo copy of the transcript/mark-sheets and degree earned that was evaluated. CMU retains the right to deny a Credential evaluation.
  • Records submitted become the property of the University and cannot be released to the student. At no time will original documents be sent back to the student unless prior arrangements by the admissions specialist have been made. All arrangements will be at the student expense.
  • CMU may submit letters requesting verification for authenticity of records, attendance dates or name discrepancies to the issuing institutions. If this situation occurs, the evaluation process may take longer than the estimated processing time.

Transfer Credit

  • Evaluations begin after all official transcripts have been received
  • Credit earned at other institutions is automatically evaluated when a student is granted regular admission status.
  • Results of transfer credit evaluation will be sent to the student
  • Credits from foreign institutions will be accepted using the guidelines developed by the World Education Series of the American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers and in consultation with affected departments
  • An applicant may be required to provide a syllabus, catalog or similar bulletin which describes the courses in sufficient detail for proper evaluation.
  • Courses must be germane to a program at Central Michigan University

Immigration Status/Birthplace outside the United States

CMU’s Global Campus does not issue I-20’s (with the exception of the F3 Canadian Visa).

Applicants born outside the United States who are now United States citizens must provide a Certificate of Citizenship/Naturalization, United States Passport, or birth abroad certificate.

Permanent Resident Alien (Green Card Holders) must provide a copy of your Permanent Residency card.

Non-immigrant visa categories must provide copy of the visa along with copies of both sides of I-94.

J-1 & J-2 visa holders must provide a copy of the visa, a copy of both sides of their I-94 and copy of their DS-2019 form.

Evaluating Your Application

After your application file becomes decision-ready, meaning all required documents have been received, it will be evaluated to see if it meets our minimum University requirements for admission. Each program department makes its own admission decisions on its own schedule.

Students will be notified by mail of any change to status or additional documents required. Please note the entire evaluation process can take 4-6 weeks after we have received all of the required documents.

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