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Thomas Edison State University awards degrees which reflect the general content of an American education. As part of the credit requirement for the bachelor's degree, foreign citizens will be required to complete a minimum of 30 credits in subject areas taught in American colleges and universities. This requirement is applied to a minimum of 15 credits for the associate degree programs.
Enrollment of foreign students residing outside the United States will be restricted as described below. International students are not eligible for enrollment in the following programs:
Foreign citizens are defined as those who live and have citizenship in countries where English is not the native language. Foreign applicants interested in becoming undergraduate students will be eligible for enrollment if they can provide scores from either the iBT TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
At minimum, TOEFL scores should be 79 on the Internet-based test (iBT).
At minimum, the IELTS score should be 6.5.
Students are responsible for taking either the TOEFL or IELTS and having the official scores sent to the Office of the Registrar at Thomas Edison State University by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). A student's TOEFL score is valid for 2 years from the date of the exam.
For information on TOEFL, visit www.ets.org/toefl or write to:
Princeton, NJ 08541-2877, USA
For information on IELTS, visit www.ielts.org/
Thomas Edison State University recognizes the discipline necessary to complete a self-directed program of study. An external degree institution for adults, the University issues no visas and has no residential campus facilities. Therefore, it is suggested that international students without a strong command of the English language consider their higher education options before enrolling with the University.
Non-United States citizens who are residing outside the United States should be aware of the limitations and restrictions on services available to students.
An Apostille is a form of authentication appropriate to countries, which have signed the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.
Thomas Edison State University will honor requests for Apostille certifications. Upon your written request, the University will provide the required documents for you to send to the State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services to complete the Apostille Certification process.
To begin the process, please send signed written requests for an Apostille to:
Attn: Apostille Request
Office of the Registrar
Thomas Edison State University
111 W. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608
Requests must include the following:
The student will then need to submit all required documents and fees to the State of New Jersey Department of the Treasury, Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services. Please visit the State of New Jersey website for more information about what is required by the State of New Jersey to process the apostille request.
International students residing outside the United States will be permitted to attempt to earn credit through testing. United States and international citizens living abroad (both enrolled and non-enrolled) may request approval to register for TECEP® examinations. Such approval will ordinarily be based on the student’s ability to arrange an administration that makes use of examination sites approved by Thomas Edison State University. All tests must be proctored by a full-time faculty member or an academic dean at an approved American university abroad, or with an approved DSST/DANTES, CLEP or TOEFL test administrator at an official DSST/DANTES, CLEP or TOEFL test site. Students requesting approval must also submit a minimum score of 500 on the paper examination, 173 on the computer-based or 79 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to registering for the examination if English is not the official language of their country of citizenship. Students may also submit a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language System) examination. Examinations are mailed via overnight express service, and students are responsible for all mailing costs and proctoring fees. Thomas Edison State University reserves the right to approve the proctoring arrangement.
United States and international citizens living abroad (both enrolled and non-enrolled) will be given consideration for PLA. If English is not the official language of their country of citizenship, these students must submit a minimum score of 500 on the paper examination, 173 on the computer-based or 79 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to registering for PLA. Students may also submit a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS (International English Language System) examination. In addition, students must have completed 24 college-level credits prior to the time of application, at least 6 credits of which are in English composition; and have a thorough understanding of the additional time and costs that may be associated with this process (postage, phone calls, etc.).
American citizens and international students residing outside of the continental United States are restricted to enrolling in Guided Study, online or e-Pack® courses. Prior to registering, students must first secure special approval.
Such approval is usually based on the student’s ability to arrange for proctored test administration approved by Thomas Edison State University and the willingness to absorb additional costs for sending course and examination materials.
All tests must be proctored by a full-time faculty member or an academic dean at an approved American university abroad, or with an approved DSST/DANTES, CLEP or TOEFL test administrator at an official DSST/DANTES, CLEP or TOEFL test site. Prior to registering for a Guided Study course, online course or e-Pack® course, students living outside the United States must contact the Office of Test Administration to have a test proctor approved.
Students are responsible for all mailing or other transport costs and proctoring fees. United States military personnel are expected to take examinations through the education officer at a military base.
Note: Does not apply to military and diplomatic personnel and their families who have APO/FPO addresses.
Thomas Edison State University does not participate in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Therefore the University does not sponsor foreign national students for F-1 or J-1 visa status.
TESU will not evaluate transcripts from other countries. We will accept the credit recommendations from one of the following agencies when the recommendations are based on a course by course evaluation and sent on an official transcript to TESU.
All costs associated with the international credit evaluation are the responsibility of the student. The University reserves the right to make its own determination on the amount and type of credit to be awarded based on the evaluations provide by these agencies. There will be no mixing or matching of evaluations. Thomas Edison State University does not issue “Certificates of Acceptance” (Form I-20) to international students. Students who enter the United States on a student visa (F-1) through another college or university may enroll in Thomas Edison State University. However it will be the student’s responsibility to keep his/her visa status current to be eligible for the continued pursuit of a Thomas Edison State University degree.
To apply to Thomas Edison State University, submit the following documents:
After enrollment, any credentials or documents submitted will be evaluated. When the evaluation has been completed, the student will be advised of any remaining degree requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for the completion of remaining degree requirements.
Fees for international students residing in foreign countries cover extensive administrative costs. Students on nonimmigrant visas living in the United States will pay out-of-state fees. Details on fees are available upon request.
Students are considered enrolled when they pay tuition. A student’s enrollment date is defined as the tenth day of a term for which a student registers. This tuition covers a period of one year of service. At the end of the year, students will receive a bill for the subsequent year’s enrollment tuition. Active duty military and National Guard students are considered New Jersey state residents for administrative purposes, and therefore pay in-state tuition rate.
Students enrolled in Thomas Edison State University through contractual and military agreements [i.e., Corporate Choice®, GoArmyED, eArmyU, Military Degree Completion Program (MDCP), Navy College Program, and the Rutgers School of Health Professions (formerly University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) joint degree program, must demonstrate academic activity by attempting a minimum of 3 semester hour credits over the course of the 12 month period for which they are enrolled. For example, a student whose course or other credit earning option began on Sept. 1, 2016, must register for another 3-credit course before Sept. 1, 2017, to be considered an enrolled Thomas Edison State University student for the following year. Students who do not attempt 3 credits in an academic year will be deemed “Inactive.”
“Inactive” students (those who were previously enrolled in the University but who have not demonstrated academic progress as described above) can reactivate their enrollment in the following ways:
Enroll for a minimum of 3 semester hours in a course or other credit-earning option. Students will be governed by the academic policies in place at the time they began their program.
Military students who remain in “Inactive” status for five consecutive years must reapply for admission to return to the University and will be governed by the academic policies and degree programs in place at the time of their readmission.
When students have received the Academic Program Evaluation showing how credits will apply to their degree program, they are urged to proceed with program planning and contact the Office of Academic Advising at (609) 777-5680. Should it become necessary to temporarily “stop-out,” students are urged to officially request a Leave of Absence from the University at the end of their enrollment year.