International Students

Fisk is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. International students should follow regular admission procedures for new freshmen or transfer students. In addition, international freshmen applicants should submit both secondary school academic records, including all grade reports (transcripts), and national examination certificates. These records must be in both the original language and certified English translation. In addition to the aforementioned items, prospective International undergraduate students must also have their transcripts evaluated by independent audit. Fisk typically works with firms such as Josef Silny & Associates. For more information, visit The transcript must be evaluated and the grade point average interpreted on the 4.0 scale before file review for admission can take place. The original language records must be official school records, sent directly to Fisk University by the school, and must bear the official stamp or seal of the school. Certified copies, sent by the school and bearing the stamp or seal of the school, are acceptable. Photostatic copies are acceptable providing an official of Fisk University makes those copies from the original.

International students must demonstrate proficiency in English by scoring a minimum of 550 on the paper test or 213 on the computer version of the Test of English, as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students not able to meet these required TOEFL scores should upgrade their English language proficiency at an English as a Second Language (ESL) Center, where they must complete the certificate for the ESL level 112. Upon admission to the University, international students must pay a $500.00 enrollment deposit (which is applied toward tuition).

In addition, international students need to show evidence of adequate financial support and an International Student Certificate of Finances Form must be submitted before a Form I-20 will be issued. A parent's, guardian's, or sponsor's bank statement is usually required. If the student is to be supported by scholarship funds from his or her country of origin, Fisk will accept official certification of the amount and stipulations of the scholarship, sent directly from the appropriate government official, in lieu of the enrollment deposit. It is only upon satisfaction of this financial requirement that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-20 (the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status- for Academic and Language Students) will be sent to the applicant. The student is then officially admitted to the university. Fisk University requires that international students pay the semester's tuition, room, board, and general fees at the time of registration or submit concrete evidence of support adequate enough to meet the financial obligations to Fisk University. Students must provide proof of health insurance in compliance with the International Education Enrichment and Exchange Center (IEEEC).

While international students may qualify for some scholarships based on merit, need- based financial aid is not available. Priority application deadlines for international applicants are March 1 for the fall term and November 1 for the spring term.

Application Materials Include:

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • $75.00 USD Application Fee
  • Official High School Transcript (Note: Must be evaluated by independent audit and the grade point average interpreted on the 4.0 scale before file review for admission can take place; World Education Services at is recommended)
  • Standardized Test Results (Must be submitted directly from testing agency): SAT or ACT with Writing (SAT code: 1224/ ACT code: 3960)
  • Official TOEFL Results (Note: For applicants whose first language and language of instruction is not English; Minimum score of 213 on computer-based test required)
  • 500-Word Essay
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • After Acceptance:
    • Final Official High School Transcript
    • Clear Copy of Passport (Note: Must be valid for at least 6 months)
    • International Student Certificate of Finances (Including Original Bank Letter and Current Bank Statement on bank letterhead) found here
    • Six (6) Months of Recent Bank Statements from Financial Sponsor 
    • $700.00 USD Enrollment Deposit

The I-20 will be issued once Fisk University has received all documents and the enrollment deposit. After the receipt of the I-20, you must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee, in order to complete the Visa process as quickly as possible. For more information, visit .

Jason Harrison
International Recruiter
Phone: 615.329.8818

Li Weaver
China Recruitment Representative