Graduate School
Graduate School
International Students

International Students

Graduate Admissions

Thank you for your interest in East Carolina University! The Graduate School works in cooperation with the Office of International Affairs and is devoted to cultivating a diverse and international academic environment on campus. While the idea of studying abroad may seem intimidating, rest assured, you will have the full support of the University to assist with the necessary resources and information you need to get the most rewarding experiences from your time overseas. The opportunities are endless, the experience is priceless.

Browse this page to find all the required materials you need to begin the application process. For additional information, explore the links in the “Related Links” box to the right.

In order to be considered for admission, international graduate applicants should submit the following items:

  • Application: International applicants are required to submit an online graduate application. One application fee and one set of supporting documents should be submitted.

  • Application Fee

  • Transcripts: The Graduate School needs official transcripts in your native language of issue as well as an official, notarized or certified copy in English. If you are admitted to ECU, we will then require a third-party credential evaluation for your degree granting institution. This evaluation is only required after admission to ECU. We accept evaluations by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Josf Silny, and other firms accredited by NACES. We require the Document-by-Document evaluation. Documents must indicate that, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree or its equivalent has been awarded by an accredited college or university. If you do not meet these requirements, then you will be dismissed from ECU.

  • Letters of recommendation: May be submitted electronically with the online application. Review your program's application requirements to determine the number of letters required.

  • English Proficiency: If English is not your native language and you have not completed at least one year of education (minimum of 18 credit hours) at a United States school, you are required to take a standardized English language exam or complete the ECU Language Academy (ECULA). The Graduate School accepts either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) and scores must be forwarded to the Graduate School by the testing service. An iBT TOEFL score of 20 on each section for a total minimum score of 80, IELTS score of 6.5, or PTE score of 65 (with 60 on each section) is required to meet the language exam requirement. The paper- or computer-based TOEFL exam is accepted by request only. You may choose to attend the ECU Language Academy instead of taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Also , if you do not obtain the required score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE, at least one session of the ECU Language Academy may be required prior to the start of your program. Successful completion of level 5 of the ECU Language Academy is required for admission without TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. More information on the ECU Language Academy, including the ECULA application, is available at http://ecula.ecu.edu. Individual programs may have higher minimum requirements.

  • Official reports of standardized admissions test results must be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service (GRE or GMAT). ECU’s institutional code is 5180. ECU does not have departmental codes.

  • Financial information along with certified evidence of financial resources to cover educational costs and living expenses. Documents may be submitted once an admission decision has been made.

The Graduate School
131 Ragsdale Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353 USA

Phone: +1-252-328-6012
Fax: +1-252-328-6071
E-mail: gradschool@ecu.edu

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