International Students

Fairfield University welcomes applicants from the United States and abroad. An international applicant is someone whose citizenship is from a country other than the United States.

If you are an international applicant who is unable to visit Fairfield's campus, an Internet interview can be arranged. Please note that you must submit an application to the University in order for an Internet interview to be scheduled. Please complete the Interview Request Form.

Application Procedures

International first year or transfer applicants should submit the following information:




  • Common Application
  • Academic Credentials - A secondary school transcript and/or A or O level exams results are needed for admission. This must be an original of your academic record or a certified copy. (Certification must be by an official of the institution in which you are enrolled, a notary public or a U.S. consular official.)
    When necessary, an English translation must accompany your transcript. Students submitting GCE (O Level) must have passes (C or above) in at least five academic subjects.
  • Recommendations - A school counselor recommendation is required for admission. For schools without a counselor, a recommendation may be sent from the principal or headmaster of the school.
  • Standardized Tests:
    All students for whom English is not their native language must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS Exam. On the TOEFL, a minimum of score 550 (paper-based exam), 213 (computer-based), or an 80 (Internet-based) is required. On the IELTS, a minimum score of a 7 is required. These students may choose to submit the TOEFL or IELTS exam exclusively in place of the SAT or ACT.
    Students for whom English is their first language must take and submit the SAT or ACT.
  • Application Fee - The $60 (US) application fee can either be paid by credit card through the Common Application, issued on a United States bank account, or wire transferred. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission directly if you intend to wire the payment.

Financial Affidavit - As an international student coming to the United States, you will need to secure an F-1 student visa. The F-1 student visa permits an individual to enter the United States for full-time study at an authorized institution in the United States. To obtain F-1 status, it is necessary to submit the following forms:

To secure a student visa, you will need to submit financial documentation to show you can cover the cost of tuition for one full year. Fairfield University encourages you to register with FundsV to submit your bank documentation. If your bank is represented with the FundsV network, then you may register (free of charge) for unlimited account balance verifications and access to a FundsV profile for one year. Your profile will only be accessible to the Office of International Programs staff, and will provide Fairfield University with enough financial documentation to issue your I-20. If your bank is not represented with FundsV, please send a valid bank document to the Office of International Programs by mail. For more information on bank documentation, please see our financial documentation page.

For further details on completing the Certification of Finances and I-20 Form please visit:

Financial Documentation Explained
Important Documents

  • I-20 Form This form will be sent only after the student has been accepted, paid the confirmation deposit and provided evidence (financial affidavit) of an ability to finance his or her own education.

Please Note:

  • Full Time Students - All undergraduate F and J Visa holders must take 12 credit hours per semester to remain in status.

International Scholarship & Financial Aid

Any first year student who applies for admission is automatically considered for merit-based scholarship. No separate application is required. Merit scholarships range from annual awards of $5,000 to $22,000 renewable for four years, providing the student maintains the requisite GPA.

Although a limited amount of need-based financial assistance is available for international citizens, all applicants must also submit verification of financial resources to cover the costs of attendance.

An I-20 will be mailed only after the student has been admitted, paid a confirmation deposit, and provided evidence (financial affidavit) of the ability to finance his or her education.

Application Deadlines

Early Action Admission Application - November 1
Early Action Notification Date - January 1

Early Decision Admission Application - November 15
Early Decision Notification Date - January 1

Regular Admission Deadline - January 15
Regular Admission Notification Date - April 1

Student Orientation and Services

All international students (first year, transfers, exchange and graduate) are required to attend the international student orientation. This program provides time to personal advising and course registration, time to complete governmental and university paper work and an overview of the academic and campus environment as well as an opportunity to meet other international students.

Contact Us: If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact us at (203) 254-4100.

Helpful Websites

International Education Financial Aid | Education USARecruitment Brochure