International Students

Fairfield University welcomes applications from international students in recognition of the diverse perspective they will bring to the classroom and greater University community.

Application Procedures

When filling out the application and all other documentation, be sure to use your full name as it appears on your passport. A completed international application includes the following:

Note: An application cannot be reviewed until all materials have been received by our office.

  • Common Application
  • Academic Credentials - Students are required to submit official copies of secondary school records which include academic transcripts, results from national examinations, graduation certificates, and/or any other documentation that certifies successful completion of secondary education. Students should refer to the World Education Services Required Documents webpage for assistance in determining required documentation for the admission process. In order for documentation to be considered official, it must be mailed directly from a secondary school or national education ministry in a sealed envelope. If documentation is not in English, provide both original and translated copies. Electronic copies cannot be accepted.
  • Recommendations - A school counselor recommendation is required for admission. For schools without a counselor, a recommendation may be sent from the principal or head of school.
  • Standardized Tests - All students for whom English is not their native language are required to submit results from the TOEFL or IELTS exam(s). For the TOEFL, a minimum of score 80 (Internet-based) or a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) is required. For the IELTS, a minimum score of a 6.5 is required. Students must submit official institutional score reports NOT student score reports.
  • Application Fee - The $60 (US) application fee must be paid by credit card through the Common Application website.
  • Financial Support - Full-time students are required to obtain an F-1 student visa. This visa allows an individual to enter the United States for full-time study at an authorized institution in the US. To secure a student visa, students are required to submit financial documentation to prove that a student has the means necessary to cover the full cost of attendance at Fairfield. Students must submit the following financial documentation:
    • Official copies of either a bank statement or bank letter certifying available funds. Bank documentation must be submitted on official bank letterhead and must come directly from the originating bank. These documents can be mailed directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Bank documentation sent from students and/or parents cannot be accepted. Fairfield University if also registered with the service FundsV which allows for electronic verification of bank documents. If your bank is represented by FundsV, you may register with them to submit bank documentation electronically.


Form I-20

The Form I-20 allows for the F-1 visa to be obtained and is required for international students planning to study full-time at Fairfield University. The Form I-20 will be sent only after an international student has completed all necessary application procedures, has been admitted to the program of study, has accepted the offer of admission, and has paid the required confirmation deposit and fees.

International Scholarships and Financial Aid

All students regardless of citizenship are automatically considered for any merit-based scholarships. No separate application is required. Merit-based scholarships are renewable over all four years of attendance as long as certain academic requirements are met.

Fairfield University is unable to offer need-based financial assistance to international students. Therefore, international students should be prepared to cover the full cost of a Fairfield education less any merit-based scholarships that may be received.


Admission Application Deadlines

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

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

Regular Decision - January 15
Regular Decision Notification Date - April 1


International Student Orientation

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


Contact Us

Any application materials can be mailed to the following address:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Aloysius P. Kelley, S.J. Center
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824

If you have any questions about the international process, please contact Christopher Bernard or Thomas Serino or call our office at (203) 254-4100.


Helpful Websites

International Education Financial Aid | Education USA