International Students

International students are are accepted for admission for the fall or spring semester. No international students may begin their initial enrollment at Fisk during a summer session.

International students must meet the published application deadlines set by the University. It is recommended, however, that international students apply well in advance of those dates, as the process to obtain a student (F-1) visa can be time-intensive. 

Fisk University is required by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to verify that international students can finance their entire education at Fisk University, as well as meet academic and language proficiencies, before an I-20 can be issued.

An international student applicant must submit the following required items to be considered for admission:

  • A completed application for admission
  • Official ACT or SAT scores
  • Official transcripts from all institutions (both secondary and post-secondary) previously attended, translated to English (if not already) as well as any applicable external examination results.
  • Demonstration of English Proficiency (if the student's native language, or their country's official language is not English) by one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foregin Language (TOEFL) score of:
      • 500 (paper based)
      • 173 (computer based)
      • 61 (internet based)
    • International English Language Test Systems (IELTS) overall band score of 5.5

If offered admission to Fisk University, the following documentation is required before an I-20 can be processed:

  • Completed International Certification of Finances
  • Completed Affidavit of Financial Support covering the entire period of exptected enrollment
  • Original/certified bank statements converted to (USD) from the student's family or sponsor(s), dated no more than six months prior to date of application, showing enough funds (in USD) to cover tuition, room and board, and personal funds, which is currently about $32,000 USD per academic year
  • Clear copy of Passport Information page

Note: Fisk University will only issue an I-20 when all requirements for admission to the University have been met. Obtaining an I-20 from Fisk University does not guarantee that the student will be granted a student (F-1) visa by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. 

International applicants are considered non-Tennessee residents for both admissions and residency criteria. All applicaation documents must be submitted direcrly to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Any academic documents submitted after the first semester of enrollment at Fisk University will not be accepted. Fraudulent documentation may result in the denial of admission to the university. 

International students already in the United States studying at another college/university who wish to transfer to Fisk University must follow the admissions criteria listed above as well as complete and submit an International Student Transfer Form to the Office of Global Initiatives. 

International students must arrive to campus no later than two weeks prior to the program start date listed on the I-20 to attend mandatory orientation sessions and to register for classes. International students must submie a Student Health History form showing current immunizations and enrollment in the student health insurance program is required. 

An international student must be enrolled as a full-time student (at least 12 credit hours as an undergraduate student and 9 credit hours as a graduate student) each semester, with the exception of the summer session, in order to maintain proper F-1 visa status.