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International Students

A campus community like no other

Students from 44 countries are represented in the Stritch family

  • Outstanding academics - Quality, innovative academics with dedicated faculty. Learn more by exploring programs of interest to you. 
  • Diverse student population - Make lifelong friends in our strong, family-like community.
  • Small school with big opportunity - Our safe campus, student clubs/organizations and intercollegiate athletics enhance the college experience.
  • Franciscan values - These values are evident from the warm welcome you receive when you come to campus to the infusion of ethics throughout academics to the devoted nature of our staff and faculty.
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Admission process

  • In order to attend, international students must apply for admission and be accepted. Most international students also require an F-1 Student Visa to enter and to study in the United States.
  • Meet English language proficiency. 
  • Meet academic requirements for the program to which you are applying.

All applicants whose prior education was not conducted in English must demonstrate proficiency in one of the following ways

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 79 (Stritch TOEFL code is 1100).  The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and all doctoral (PhD) programs require a score of 85 or better.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5. The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and all doctoral (PhD) programs require a score of 7 or better.
  • 24 credits of successful U.S. academic coursework (ESL courses not applicable).
  • WESLI (Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute) 700-level course completion.
  • BIR (BIR Training Center) Successful Completion of the English Language Test Preparation Program.

If none of the above apply to you but you would like to pursue a TOEFL Waiver, please see our TOEFL waiver procedure

Apply Today Exchange Student Application

New Students

Welcome to Cardinal Stritch University! Review our new student checklists for the best arrival experience. 

We are very pleased that you have chosen to attend Stritch, and we look forward to meeting you. The International Student Services staff is here to help you learn about and follow the F-1 student visa regulations. There are many benefits and restrictions associated with F-1 status, and we’ll assist you with understanding how the immigration regulations intersect with University policies.

Pre-Arrival Checklist

Employment Forms

International students on F-1 visas have specific rules to follow if they want to work while studying in the U.S. Students should review all information about employment before pursuing any work or internship opportunity. See Employment Forms below.

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Social Security

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On Campus Employment

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Optional Practical Training (OPT)

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Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

Other Documents 

These links highlight resources for international students as well as campus resources that may benefit your experience while studying at Stritch. Please keep in mind that this is not an extensive list of all resources provided by the university. We encourage you to seek all opportunities the University has to offer to help you develop your educational path.

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Reduced Course Load

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Extension Approval Form

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Request to Close SEVIS

Meet your admissions counselors

Christy L. Nyemeck

Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Enrollment Management - Admissions Undergraduate

(414) 410-4966