International Graduate Applicant Requirements

Fredonia is home to many students from all over the world. You may find this link useful in your search for scholarships in the USA:

International Applicant Requirements 

Fredonia seeks to determine an applicant's academic English proficiency in speaking, use of English (vocabulary and grammar), reading (dealing confidently with different types of text), listening (to a range of spoken materials delivered in a variety of styles and accents), and writing (article, essay, letter, proposal, or report).  The following tests are accepted:

  • Cambridge English: Advanced (recommended): 52
  • TOEFL: 79 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5

Our school code for reporting the TOEFL and IELTS scores electronically is 2539

Recommendation Letters 

Recommendation letters are an important aspect of the graduate school application for Fredonia and elsewhere. The information provided in recommendation letters is used as evidence of your overall potential to succeed as a graduate student in graduate school. When deciding who can write a letter on your behalf, consider asking someone who can talk about you as a prospective graduate student (e.g., academic performance, research experience, extra curricular activities, leadership skills, etc.). 

External resource on recommendation letters
Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides suggestions regarding the process of requesting recommendation letters 

International Applicant Forms

The consent form is required when an applicant wishes to have another person inquire about their application status and convey information to the applicant. 

  • Consent Form (FERPA)
    This form must be filed in the Grad Studies Office before information about your application can be released to another person.
  • Document Authentication and Evaluation

Transcripts submitted for admission consideration must meet the following criteria:

  1. All information must be written in English
  2. Course and semester grades must be displayed in the 4.0 GPA scale
  3. The cumulative GPA must be displayed in the 4.0 GPA scale
  • The World Education Services iCAP (International Credential Advantage Package) course-by-course evaluation identifies and describes each diploma or certificate, indicates the periods of education, provides an equivalency for each document, lists all courses (subjects) with U.S. semester credits, and gives a grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.  Apply for an evaluation here:

The FSA-3 form is required for all applicants whose native language is not English.

  • FSA 3 English Proficiency Report 
    International students must show proof of English competency. Please note that applicants whose native language is English are exempt. 

    Download the FSA-3 form
    This form may be uploaded directly to your online application. 
  • FSA 4 Financial Statement 
    All international applicants must submit evidence of full financial support for all expenses at Fredonia as a condition of being issued immigration documents for F-1 or J-1 status (i.e., the Certificate of Eligibility, form I-20AB or IAP-66). Applicants must submit the FSA-4 form signed by both the applicant and the applicant's financial sponsor and an original bank statement verifying the available funds. Both of these documents must be originals with original signatures and seals.

Costs for one academic year:

Tuition costs are estimated at: $16,500
Living costs are estimated at: $15,500

Total: $32,000

If you have dependents, you need to show the following additional funds:

Spouse: $4,000
Child: $2,000

Download the FSA-4 form
This form and supporting documentation must be mailed directly to the Fredonia Graduate Studies Office at the following address:

Fredonia Office of Graduate Studies
E230A Thompson Hall 
The State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
(716) 673-3712 (fax)

If you have further questions about these requirements, please contact the Fredonia International Education Center at (716) 673-3451, or send them an inquiry from their website.

Graduate Studies Office

E230A Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3808
(716) 673-3712 fax