Admission Requirements for International Students Seeking Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degrees

1. A completed International Student application and application fee

The non-refundable application fee of $50.00 for International Students – by bank check or money order – should be drawn from a U.S. Bank and made payable to the University of Bridgeport. Please DO NOT SEND CASH. Applications will not be processed without the application fee.

Note: Submitting an application does not guarantee admission.

2. A current passport copy

Applicants currently in the United States planning to transfer their SEVIS record to the University of Bridgeport must also submit a copy of their Visa and I-94/entry stamp and copies of all I-20s received. Applicants planning to bring dependents should also submit copies of their passports/visas/I-20s as well.

3. A personal statement or essay

Submit an original personal statement/essay (250-500 words) CLEARLY explaining why the particular academic program was chosen, what the degree will do for the applicant’s personal and career development, and how such a degree will help them achieve future goals and aspirations. Include professional plans for after the program is completed.

4. At least one letter of recommendation

Provide at least one letter of recommendation in English. These letters must come in a sealed envelope from professors or employers who can attest to the applicant’s accomplishments and potential for success at the graduate level. No special form is required.

5. Academic records

For applicants who have not yet received their secondary or high school certificate/diploma
Submit official/notarized/certified/or attested copies of ALL senior secondary/high school records. This includes mark sheets, academic transcripts, final examination results, diplomas, and degree certificates such as Std. X (SSC), Std. XII (HSC), O Levels, A Levels, WAEC, CXC, IB, etc.

For applicants who have attended any post-secondary institution (college/university)
Submit official/notarized/attested/or certified copies of senior secondary/high school records (see above) and ALL post-secondary school (university/college) records. This includes mark sheets, academic transcripts, examination result, diplomas, and degree certificates. Failure to provide ALL academic records may result in denial of admission, admission and scholarship revocation, and or refusal of transfer credit.

For applicants wishing to receive transfer credit
Students wishing to receive transfer credit must submit official notarized/certified/or attested course descriptions or syllabi with exact course names and numbers, for all post-secondary (university/college) academic work attempted so that it may be evaluated for possible transfer of credit. Student-generated course descriptions are not acceptable. This may be submitted after notice of admission, but must be done before registering for classes. Transfer credit is offered at the discretion of the faculty and is not always awarded.

For applicants submitting non-English academic records
Submit word-for-word notarized/certified/or attested English translations in the same format as the official document if the official document is not in English. It is important that everything on the official document be translated. Translations must be done by a bona fide translating agency in the applicant’s country or in the U.S.

6. Proof of English proficiency

All non-native English language speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing a TOEFL score of 75 (IBT) or an IELTS score of 6.0. Students who do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score or whose score is insufficient may still apply for Conditional Admission. For more information on TOEFL, please go to The University of Bridgeport School Code for TOEFL is 3914. For other ways to show proof of English Language Proficiency, click here.

For Applicants wishing for Conditional Admission
Students who do not provide proof of English language proficiency prior to registration will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If the ELAB is passed at a satisfactory level, students may begin academic classes. If not, the student will be required to attend the University’s English Language Institute (ELI) until proficiency is reached.

7. Proof of funding

USCIS requires that students on F1 Visas show proof of funding for a full academic year. Applicants should submit an original or color-scanned bank statement showing readily accessible, liquid assets. If the account is not in the applicant’s name, please complete and submit the Financial Statement for International Students Form (FSIS). The bank statement must be of recent date of issue, no more than 6 months old, in English, and it must be in the same name as the sponsor. If being sponsored by a government or company, please submit a letter of financial guarantee with the FSIS form.

Download the FSIS form

Additional Requirements by Program

Below is a list of additional items typically required for various programs. Please contact your counselor for the most up-to-date requirements.

Undergraduate Dental Hygiene Programs
If any post-secondary (college/university) academic studies were done outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation of all academic work will be required. Please contact an accredited academic evaluating service for more information (WES or ECE are preferred).

Undergraduate Design Programs
Students applying for admission to the Shintaro Akatsu School of Design should submit a portfolio in .pdf format. The portfolio is desirable to evaluate the student abilities in art or design and may include a variety of drawings, colored illustrations of interior spaces, photography, ceramic work, hand work, or computer renderings

Application Deadlines

Individual program deadlines may vary.

July 15 is the last date to receive completed applications for the fall semester which begins in August.
December 1 is the last date to receive completed applications for the spring semester which begins mid-January.

It is highly recommended that applicants apply and submit ALL the above documents at least one month before the deadlines. Any applications received after the deadlines will automatically be deferred to the next semester.

Mailing Documents

Please mail ALL the above-mentioned documents as soon as possible, but no later than the application deadline, to the address below. We recommend using a special courier such as FEDEX, DHL, or UPS:

University of Bridgeport
Office of International Admissions
126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604 USA
Telephone: 203-576-4552

Application Processing Time

Applications typically take 3-4 weeks from the date the application is received. Processing time may be extended if certain required documents are missing. Therefore, we recommend that ALL of the above-mentioned documents are sent in one package/envelope to avoid any unnecessary delays.


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