International Students

International applicants (non-US citizens and non-US permanent residents) must also provide the following documents to complete your application:

  • A copy of the photo page of your current passport
  • A financial statement under your or your parent’s account in English showing a minimum of $5,500 (USD) showing currency conversion in US dollars and indicating the date of the issuance less than 3 months old
  • International students who are proficient in English are welcome to apply to the program. We do NOT require that students take any language proficiency exams. But if you have taken TOFEL/IELTS/TOEIC exams and have the score report, we encourage you to submit it when you complete the online application form.
    ***Unofficial TOFEL/IELTS/TOEIC score reports are accepted. NOTE: please upload your electronic score report indicating your name, score and the test date when submitting your online application.
    Please DO NOT ask the test center, such as ETS/IELTS, to send us your test score.)
  • A copy of your current valid I-20 (if you are currently attending school in the United States)


  • To ensure your application materials are received and processed, your ISSP application and all supplemental materials should have your name as it appears on your passport. For more questions, please contact:
  • Students from HKUST, please contact HKUST Global Student Programs Office at directly for your application.

The F-1 Visa Application Information for International Students (Canadian citizens excluded)
In order to apply for an F-1 visa at the US Consulate or Embassy, the following documents are needed (For more information regarding visas, contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate):

  • Passport
  • Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student)
  • Admission letter/notification from the program or school
  • Original financial documents showing the amount on the Form I-20
  • A receipt of the I-901 fee payment
  • Any other forms required by the US Consulate or Embassy