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Butler University Office of Admission

International Admission

Butler University welcomes international students each year to campus. Our current student body represents 59 countries. The application process is very similar to the first year applicant process, with a few differences. 

International Application Requirements


  • Butler Application or Common Application
  • Writing sample, personal statement, or essay (650 words or less)
  • Official secondary/high school transcripts
  • A Secondary School Report completed by your counseling office
  • Application for Form I-20 A-B and sponsor financial evidence
  • Official SAT (code 1073) or ACT (code 1180) scores (Recommended for admission; required for merit scholarship consideration)


  • Résumé outlining activities and honors
  • 1-2 Letters of Recommendation

International applicants must submit original or certified/attested true copies of transcripts from each secondary school (high school), college, or university attended. All transcripts must be sent directly from each school to the Office of Admission in separate, sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified English translations. If relevant, include a school leaving certificate, certificate of secondary education, or matriculation examination. You are not required to submit a credential evaluation up front, but this may be requested at a later date at our counselors' discretion. Transfer applicants should include syllabi or course descriptions for transfer credit evaluation.

Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants must meet a minimum level of proficiency in the English language and submit proof of this proficiency to the Office of Admission. Minimum proficiency can be met by any of the following exams or testing systems:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) meets Butler University's English language proficiency requirements. Butler's TOEFL school code is 1073. 
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): International students are required to submit SAT scores if they wish to compete in NCAA athletics; all others are strongly encouraged to submit their scores. For the old SAT, a Critical Reading score of 450 meets Butler's requirements; for the new SAT, an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score of 500 meets Butler's requirements. Butler's SAT school code is 1073. 
  • American College Test (ACT): An English score of 19 meets Butler's requirements. Butler's ACT school code is 1180.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): A score of 80 meets Butler's requirements. 
  • International English Language Training System (IELTS): A score of 6.0 meets Butler's requirements. 
  • London/Cambridge General Certificate Of Education (GCE)/General Certificate Of Secondary Education (GCSE): A grade of A or B in English meets Butler's requirements.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): A score of 5-7 or grade of A or B on HL English meets Butler's requirements.
  • PTE Academic (PTEA): A score of 53 meets Butler's requirements. 

Financial Documentation

International students must also complete Butler University's Immigration Status/Application for Form I-20, which you'll gain access to after submitting your application. This form will provide us with biographical information, an affidavit of support, and financial sponsor information we need in order to issue the Form I-20 in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services SEVIS information system. Once you receive an I-20 from Butler University, you must pay the SEVIS fee of $100 and schedule an appointment to meet with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for a visa.