We welcome students from all types of colleges and universities to
apply to The Catholic University of America. As a national university
in Washington, DC we have international students from over 90 countries
that attend CUA. International students at CUA must have successfully
completed a university preparatory course of study at a secondary school
(a minimum of 12 years of primary & secondary school training comprising
the equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma).
Read more on the application process!
- Complete the Appropriate International Application
- Undergraduate first-year and transfer students must complete the Common Application
- Graduate students must complete the Catholic University Graduate Application
- Nonrefundable Application Fee
Now you can pay your application fee online. The application fee is $55 for undergraduate students and $60 for graduate students.
or Personal Statement in case of graduate students.
- Official Transcripts
A certified, translated copy of transcripts of all previous education equivalent to secondary and postsecondary education in the United States. All transcripts issued from outside the United States must be certified by a recognized evaluator of international educational records (such as WES or AACRAO), even if in the English language. Education completed at institutions outside of the United States, as shown by official documents, may be accepted as equivalent to educational experience in the United States.
- Recommendation Letter
One letter is required for undergraduate students. Three letters are required for graduate students. Read our PDF file on recommendation letters.
- English Language Proficiency
All students from countries and areas where English is not the common, spoken language (even if the student already is a resident of the United States) must have a practical understanding of spoken and written English to benefit from instruction, study and examinations in that language. Read Full Requirements.
- Additional Application Materials may be Required. Please review the INTERNATIONAL STUDENT GUIDE (pdf file - large file, please allow time to download).
- International Student Funding Source Confirmation
In order to be issued visa documentation, which is needed to apply for a student visa at a U.S. consulate and to maintain student status once in the United States, applicants must provide written proof that they have adequate funds to meet the expenses incurred while studying in the United States. Read what is required to provide confirmation of financial support.
Applications for undergraduate admission should be submitted to the Office of University Admissions no later than January 15 for fall semester (classes beginning in August) and October 15 for the spring semester (classes beginning in January).
Read more information that will answer all the questions you may have about our international student application process!
Our PDF file will explain everything you could ever need to know about how to apply as an International Student to CUA.
We invite you to visit our campus, schedule an appointment with your department of interest, and take a tour.
- Immigration Status
and Financial Consideration
Learn more about maintaining proper immigration status and find scholarship possibilities available to you as an international student!
- CUA Standardized Test Codes
* CUA SAT Code is 5104
* TOEFL Code is 5104
* GRE Code is 5104
* CUA ACT Code is 0654
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