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 requires an official course by course credential evaluation of all foreign transcripts indicating that, at minimum, the US equivalent of a bachelor’s degree has been awarded by an accredited college or university.The evaluation is required as part of the application process. We accept evaluations by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), and International Education Evaluations, Inc. (IEE), SPANTRAN. (If using SPANTRAN please select the tailored application for ECU through this link SpanTran Application for East Carolina University). A copy of your transcript(s) and diplomas showing a full education history issued in your native language as well as a notarized or certified copy in English must be uploaded to your application.

  • 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 18 on each section for a total minimum score of 78, 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 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.

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Greenville, NC 27858-4353 USA

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