International Candidate FAQs

International FAQ

Is there a special application for international students?

No, but the U.S. government does require international students to show proof of sufficient financial resources to support themselves for the period of their studies. Therefore, international students are required to complete the Preliminary Financial Declaration portion of the online application prior to submitting. Also, note that transcripts and diplomas not issued in English must be accompanied by notarized translations.

How do international students apply for a private loan?

International students can apply for a private alternative educational loan, with a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer, for an amount up to the total cost of education. Please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for additional information. Or they may apply directly to Prodigy Finance, which does not require a co-signer. Learn more here.

Do I have to come to Nashville for my interview?

No. We recognize that it’s not possible for everyone to travel to campus, especially in the middle of the work week or from far away. As a result, we are happy to schedule interviews with you when we visit one of more than 80 cities around the world. If necessary, we will conduct your interview by telephone once your application has been submitted and reviewed and only after you have received an invitation to schedule a phone interview. Despite that flexibility, we still strongly believe in the value of a trip to Owen, Vanderbilt and Nashville.

Is there a way for international students to waive the TOEFL or IELTS?

All International applicants are required to submit a test of English language unless you qualify for a waiver. If you are requesting an English test waiver you must select your qualification on the application under the test score section of the international application. Below are the options you may choose when completing your application. If you qualify the item will be removed from your applicant status page requirements. The Admissions Committee has the option to request further information to review your application and waiver request.

English Test Waiver:
1. I have earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the official language is English (not just an English-speaking institution or just a country where English is spoken.)

2. I have lived and worked, for the past two or more years, in a country where the official language is English (not just a country where English is spoken).

3. I have scored in the 90th percentile or higher on the verbal component of the GMAT or GRE.

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