Admission Requirements for International Students Seeking Associate or Bachelor Degrees (First Year and Transfer Applicants)
1. Complete and Submit an Application for International Students
Include a NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee of $50.00 – bank check or money order – drawn on a U.S. bank and made payable to the University of Bridgeport. DO NOT SEND CASH. Your application will NOT be processed without the application fee.
2. Submit Educational Records
For First-Year Applicants:
(Students who just finished, or in the process of finishing, Secondary/High School)
Submit OFFICIAL/notarized/attested/or certified copies of ORIGINAL 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 Transfer Applicants:
(Students who have attended any post-secondary institution (college/university)
Submit OFFICIAL/notarized/attested/or certified copies of ORIGINAL senior secondary/high school records (see 2.a. above) AND ALL post-secondary school (university/college) records. This includes mark sheets, academic transcripts, examination result, diplomas, and degree certificates.
Transfer applicants MUST also submit official/certified 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.
English Translations Necessary for All Official Documents
Submit a word-for-word notarized/attested/or certified 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 should be done by a bona fide translating agency in your country or in the U.S.
3. Complete and Submit the Financial Statement for International Students Form (FSIS)
Complete and submit the Financial Statement for International Students Form (FSIS) accompanied by an original bank statement from your sponsor showing adequate funds. 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 your sponsor.
4. Submit TOEFL English Competency Score
All non-native English language speakers must demonstrate English language competency by providing a TOEFL score of 500 (PBT) or 173 (CBT). However, students who do not have a TOEFL score or whose score is insufficient may still apply. For more information on TOEFL, please go to http://www.toefl.org. The University of Bridgeport School Code for TOEFL is 3914.
If you do not demonstrate English language competency prior to registration, you will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test upon arrival. If you pass at a satisfactory level, you may begin classes. If you do not pass at a satisfactory level, you will be required to attend the University’s English Language Institute (ELI) until proficiency is reached.
5. Submit Passport and Immigration/Visa Documentation
Submit a CLEAR copy of your passport information page with your complete name, date of birth, and country of citizenship.
Applicants currently in the U.S. must submit CLEAR copies of their U.S. visa stamp, I-94 card, I-20 (if any), I-797 (if any), and all other immigration document(s).
5. Personal Statement
Please include a Personal Statement from 250-500 words in which you explain why you have chosen your program of study, how this degree will help you to achieve your goals and objectives in the future, and why you have chosen the University of Bridgeport.
6. Two Letters of Recommendation
Present two Letters of Recommendation from individuals who have known you from a supervisory position. Letters can be presented from current or former teachers/professors or current or former employers, or from other individuals under whom you may have worked in some capacity. All letters must be sent in a sealed envelope.
July 1 is the last date to apply for the Fall Semester which begins late August/early September.
November 1 is the last date to apply for the Spring Semester which begins mid-January.
It is highly recommended that you apply and submit ALL the above documents at least one month before the deadlines.
Any applications received after the above deadlines will automatically be deferred to the next semester.
Mailing Your 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 you use a special courier such as FEDEX, DHL, or UPS
University of Bridgeport
Office of International Admissions
126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604 USA
Application Processing Time
4-5 weeks from the date your application is received. Processing time may be extended if certain required documents are missing. Therefore, we recommend that you send us ALL of the above-mentioned documents in one package/envelope to avoid any unnecessary delays.