• Must I take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)?

    No, students are not required to take the TOEFL test prior to attending CBU, with the exception applicants to the graduate programs in Nursing and Athletic Training. The TOEFL is the most frequently submitted examination; however, other examinations, such as IELTS, may also be used.

    Undergraduate program applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English, which can be proved in any of the following ways:

    • Successful completion of CBU's Intensive English Program (IEP)
    • Official TOEFL score report of 71 IBT
    • Official IELTS score report of 5.5
    • Official SAT score report of 430 on the verbal section
    • Official ACT score report of 16 on the English section
    • Completion of 30 or more transferrable units from an accredited U.S. institution with a GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or above, including completion of the CBU course equivalent of English composition (ENG113)

    Graduate students are required to submit competency scores for our Nursing or Athletic Training programs. TOEFL, IELTS and PTE are all accepted. Passing scores are listed below:

    • Official TOEFL Score of 80
    • Official IELTS Score of 6.0 (No individual band below 5.0)
    • Official PTE Score of 53

    Send your TOEFL score to CBU by visiting the TOEFL website: TOEFL. CBU's TOEFL Institution Code is 4094.
  • If I do not have a TOEFL score, can I enroll in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at CBU?
    Students who do not submit a TOEFL score, or who do not meet the minimum score requirement, may enroll in IEP. Students applying to undergraduate and graduate programs (other than Nursing and Athletic Training) may be given conditional admission. Find more information about IEP.



  • How do I get a student visa?
    When you have been granted full-acceptance to CBU and have shown financial documents proving that you have adequate resources to support your studies at CBU for at least one academic year, the International Admissions Office will issue you a Form I-20.  Through the SEVIS website, you must pay your SEVIS fee and schedule an appointment for your student visa interview (for most countries). Students will be asked to bring documentation with them to the interview, such as the Form I-20, acceptance letter, financial documents, and a valid passport to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence and apply for a student visa.
  • What is SEVIS?
    SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is a government, computerized system that maintains data about foreign students and exchange visitors during their stay in the U.S.

    SEVIS enables schools and program sponsors to transmit information and even notifications via the Internet to USCIS and the Department of State.  CBU is required to register students in SEVIS every semester.  For this reason, every student must register for a full course load every semester and CBU will register that student in SEVIS.

  • I entered the United States on a tourist visa. Must I return home to apply for a student visa?
    In most cases, a tourist visa cannot be changed to a student visa while you are in the United States. 
  • What are my options for employment with a student visa?
    F-1 students are allowed to work off-campus only if you have first received special authorization from USCIS.  Special Authorization is not needed for on-campus employment.   On-campus employment is limited to part-time (20 hours or less per week) during the fall and spring semesters.  On-campus employment may be full-time (up to 28 hours per week) during the summer and official school breaks.  When you work on-campus, you must maintain your full-time student status or your employment will become illegal.

    More information may be found on USCIS International Students Employment Website.
  • What do I need to do after I have secured my F-1 visa?
    You will need to complete and return the CBU Enrollment Confirmation Form which was included in your acceptance packet.