Additional International Requirements

English Language Proficiency

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens, with the exception of legal permanent pesidents, are required to provide proof of English language proficiency.

Acceptable exams and minimum scores are listed below:

  • TOEFL iBT minimum 79 (paper-based minimum 550)
  • IELTS minimum 6.5 overall band
  • PTE Academic minimum 56
  • E3PT minimum 68

Bradley's institutional code for score reporting is 1070. All scores should be sent directly to Bradley University. Graduate and International Admission does not accept DuoLingo; language certificates; letters from counselors, advisors, or professors; or other assessments not listed above as proof of English language proficiency.

Applicants who are eligible for a waiver of English language proficiency must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Applicants that graduated from a high school where the primary mode of instruction was English. Transcripts from the secondary institution must be provided for verification.
  • One year of full-time study or more at a post-secondary institution located in the U.S. within the last four (4) years. Transcripts and proof that academic courses were taught in English must be provided for verification.
  • Two years or more of continuous full-time work experience in the U.S. within the last four (4) years. A current resume and an employment letter on company letterhead stating the dates of employment for verification.

Additional Post-Admission Requirements for Students Studying on an F-1 Visa

If you plan to apply for an F-1 student visa or are already in F-1 student status and will transfer your SEVIS record to Bradley University, the following documents must be submitted upon admission:

Before an I-20 can be created, students are required to show proof of available funds to cover at least one year of study at Bradley. This includes the estimated full cost of living. All proof of funds must be dated within six (6) months of submission. All applicants must submit Bradley University’s Affidavit of Support, filled out in its entirety, and including the required documentation (see form for details).

If you are currently in active F-1 status at another institution, it is necessary to have your SEVIS record transferred to Bradley University following application and admission to a graduate program. Inform the International Advisor (Designated School Official) at the institution you are currently attending of your intention to transfer to Bradley University and complete any transfer out forms (if applicable).

Bradley University’s SEVIS code is: CH121F10540000

You will receive a “Transfer Pending” I-20. After you have reported in person at Bradley University by attending International Student Orientation, the transfer process will be finalized and you will receive a new "Transfer Complete" I-20. If you have questions about the transfer process, contact:

Arrival Policies

Early Arrival for Incoming Students on an F-1 Visa

Federal regulations allow students to arrive in the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date on their I-20. The program start date listed on all I-20s issued by Bradley University takes into account required orientations and allows time to acclimate and prepare for the new semester. Please note that Bradley cannot guarantee housing until the official date of move-in, which is the Saturday before classes start. If you are an international student planning on living on campus and arriving early, please contact as soon as possible in order to make sure you will have access to your housing assignment. If you are are living off campus, be sure to verify your move in date with your landlord.

Late Arrival for Incoming Students on an F-1 Visa

Students are required to arrive on campus by the program start date listed on the I-20. If you are unable to arrive by this date, we recommend you defer your admission to the next available term. You may request a deferral by emailing Graduate & International Admission.

Entry to the U.S. after the program start date is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer at the airport. Although CBP at the U.S. airport may allow students to enter past the program start date, it is our experience that late-arriving students have a stressful time settling in and meeting all the pre-registration requirements (vaccinations, orientations, housing, etc.). The inability to meet these requirements may cause a student to fall behind in their academic coursework, which can jeopardize a student’s F-1 visa status. For these reasons, Bradley University will only approve late arrival requests in rare and extenuating circumstances at the discretion of Graduate and International Admission.