International Candidate FAQs
- Is there a special application for international students?
No, but the U.S. government does require international students to show proof of sufficient financial resources to support themselves for the period of their studies. Therefore, international students are required to complete the Preliminary Financial Declaration portion of the online application prior to submitting. Also, note that transcripts and diplomas not issued in English must be accompanied by notarized translations.
- How do international students apply for a private loan?
International students can apply for a private alternative educational loan, with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer, for an amount up to the total cost of education. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for additional information. Or they may apply directly to Prodigy Finance, which does not require a co-signer. Learn more here.
- Do I have to come to Nashville for my interview?
No. We recognize that it’s not possible for everyone to travel to campus, especially in the middle of the work week or from far away. As a result, we are happy to schedule interviews with you when we visit one of more than 80 cities around the world. If necessary, we will conduct your interview by telephone once your application has been submitted and reviewed and only after you have received an invitation to schedule a phone interview. Despite that flexibility, we still strongly believe in the value of a trip to Owen, Vanderbilt and Nashville.
- Is there a way for international students to waive the TOEFL or IELTS?
You may contact our office to request a TOEFL waiver if you (1) have earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the official language is English (not just an English-speaking institution) or (2) have lived and worked in an English-speaking country for the past two or more years. A waiver is automatically granted if a candidate scores in the 90 percentile or higher on the verbal component of the GMAT or GRE.