International Students

International applicants must submit an online application, an application processing fee, and the documentation listed below. Your application will not be considered until we receive all of the required components. All international students are required to participate in the full length of the program. All application materials for international students must be received by June 1.

Necessary Documentation (to be included with application):

  • Official, post-secondary transcript including all internal marks, or grades.
  • Letter of reference from a previous or current employer, academic or career counselor, or instructor attesting to your prior ag-related work experience.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score. A TOEFL score of 550 or higher or an IELTS score of 7 or higher is required. Students able to provide proof that their most recent four years of education were taught primarily in the English language will be exempt from this requirement.
  • Completed Certification of Financial Support form. A bank statement in the name of the student or financial sponsor must be attached to the form showing a balance equal to, or exceeding, the minimum cost of the program for non-resident students.
  • Additional governmental forms are required for those students who are admitted and will be provided on an individual basis upon acceptance.
  • Supplementary information may be requested as needed.

International students are admitted to Short Course under an F-1 VISA. Students may need to present their completed Certificate of Financial Support with attached bank statement to their local consulate in order to obtain a VISA.

Health Insurance:
The U.S. Immigration Service requires all international students to purchase a mandatory health insurance plan through the University, known as the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). Enrollment can be waived if proof of continuous enrollment in an alternative health plan with comparable benefits is provided. All waiver requests must be brought to the attention of, and approved by, the SHIP office.

Please be aware of the following:

  • International students must be enrolled for a minimum of 1 credit prior to applying for SHIP.
  • Open enrollment begins July 15th of each calendar year.
  • Students have 31 days from the date of their first class to register with the SHIP office. Failure to do so will result in late registration fees.
  • Billing periods are monthly and run from the 15th of one month to the 14th of the following month.
  • If a spouse or family member plans to accompany the student, they will also be included in the plan at an added expense.

For more information, visit the SHIP website.