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Admissions Requirements


In order to be considered for admissions, international undergraduate applicants should submit:

1. Application for International Undergraduate Admission
2. Non-refundable application fee of $70 
  • The nonrefundable application fee can be paid with a check or money order. If you wish to pay with a credit card, please download, fill out, sign, and send the Credit Card Payment Authorization form to the address listed below. Please do not send credit card or other sensitive information via email.

3. Proof of English language proficiency

Non-native speakers of English are required to provide evidence of English proficiency by submitting one of the following:

  • TOEFL score of minimum 80 (Internet-based). The school code for ECU is 5180.
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or higher
  • 450 on the SAT I Critical Reading
  • 19 on the Combined English/Writing section of the ACT
  • Applicants who have completed at least 30 credit hours at a U.S. institution of higher education and received a grade of "B" or better for an academic English writing/composition course will be exempt from the English proficiency requirement. Successful completion of the highest level of the ECU Language Academy (ECULA) continues to exempt applicants from the English proficiency requirement.

The SAT code for ECU is 5180 and the ACT code is 3094.


In lieu of all of the above, ECU will accept the following minimums:

  • CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)                          Grade of C or better
  • CAE (Certificate in Advanced English)                                Grade of A
  • APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Language Test)       3 or better
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)                 80 or more

Conditional acceptance as an undergraduate international student
  • Students who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement but otherwise qualify academically may be admitted conditionally to East Carolina University. Applicants who do not submit TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT scores at the time of the application will be required to attend at least one session of the ECU Language Academy. English language proficiency requirement may be met by successful completion of level 5 of ECU Language Academy. More information on the ECU Language Academy is available at http://ecula.ecu.edu Applicants interested in applying for conditional acceptance should apply to both ECU Language Academy and the university. To apply to ECU Language Academy, please submit the application here and pay the nonrefundable application fee to ECULA here. Also, please fax copies of your academic records to 252-328-4813. Students currently in the US should also submit a copy of their passport ID page, visa, I-94 and all previous I-20s and a recommendation letter from the current ESL program.

4. Academic Records
  • Applicants must present official (original) school records (transcripts) from all secondary schools previously attended. If applicable, an official statement of examination results must come directly from the examination board. Official records submitted to ECU become its property and will not be returned to the student or sent to another institution.
  • Non-English documents must be officially translated. The translation should be literal, word-for-word and not interpretive. Both the original records and the official translation must be submitted.
  • Copies of secondary-level school records certified by the school with an original ink stamp and sent directly from the school to East Carolina University are acceptable. A true copy authenticated by an embassy official, U.S. Educational Advising Centers or the Ministry of Education can also be submitted. Documents notarized by a notary public are not acceptable.
  • Transfer applicants who have attended institutions overseas should request a course-by-course evaluation of their university-level coursework from an evaluation agency that is a member of NACES. An official evaluation should be sent directly from the evaluation agency. Copies of the documents based on which an evaluation was completed should be sent to ECU as well. Transfer students who have attended U.S. colleges or universities should request for their transcripts to be sent to ECU Office of International Affairs and must have a minimum of 30 transferable hours with at least a 2.5 GPA. Included in the 30 transferable hours students will need to have the equivalency of ENGL 1100.
  •  All credits received from a foreign institution will be transferred as departmental electives unless you provide us with course descriptions. We encourage all transfer applicants to get the descriptions from your institution (university) and submit a translated version to ECU.


5. Students currently in the U.S. in an F-1 student status

  • In addition, applicants who are currently in the U.S. in an F-1 student visa status are asked to submit copies of all previous I-20s, I-94, visa and passport ID page. If admitted, you will be required to submit a transfer form.


Advance standing credit for secondary level examinations


Effective Fall 2010, advance-standing credits will be considered for the following examinations only after the submission of an evaluation from a NACES member evaluation agency:

  • A-levels
  • French Baccalauréat
  • Italian Maturità
  • Swiss Maturité
  • German Abitur
  • Luxembourg Maturité


Mail documents to:
Office of International Affairs
International House
306 East 9th Street
Mail Stop 598
East Carolina University
Greenville, North Carolina 27858-4353 USA