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Office of Admission

International Application Process

International Application Requirements


  • Butler Application or Common App
  • 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.

Test Scores*
Beginning in fall 2020, Butler will accept self-reported test scores. Scores may be self-reported by the student on the application for admission, submitted directly from testing services, or included on an official high school transcript. If self-reported, students are required to have official scores sent from the testing service or from the high school on an official transcript by July 1 prior to summer or fall admission or December 1 prior to spring admission. 

The test score requirement is waived for students enrolling five or more years after graduating from high school.

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 and schedule an appointment to meet with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to apply for a visa.

Program for Intensive English

Butler University has a formal agreement with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and their Program for Intensive English (PIE). This alternative pathway for admission to Butler University is designated for applicants who may not meet Butler’s English proficiency requirements. Information about the program may be found on IUPUI's website. A separate application process to IUPUI’s PIE Program is required for admission.

The program supports students to achieve the required Level 6 passing level via the PIE Proficiency Exit Test. Students are asked to ensure the results are submitted to the Butler University Office of Admission so we can contact you about the next steps toward your enrollment at Butler.

PharmD Application for International Transfer Students

International transfer students who are interested in the Butler University Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program must submit the PharmCAS application ( International college transcripts must be reviewed by World Education Services (WES) and the WES evaluation report must be submitted to PharmCAS. Students only complete and submit the PharmCAS application, not the Butler or Common transfer application.