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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Students


Admission of international students is program-based. Applicants from other countries are encouraged to apply to any program that accepts international students. The applicants must meet the program admission requirements and take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official transcripts must be translated and evaluated by a credentialing agency. EVMS does not provide financial aid to international students.

Application Requirements for International Students

International students can only apply as degree-seeking by submitting the specific documents required by the program of choice. An international student applicant must complete the following:

  1. Application and Fees: Applicants must electronically submit a completed GradCAS Application and the appropriate non-refundable application fee. The CAS Applications are online and available on the Education website. The application fee information for GradCAS is as follows:
    • GradCAS Fees and Waivers: GradCAS charges $125 for EVMS programs. The Admissions & Enrollment Office may provide coupons that offset the application fees on a case-by-case basis. Fee Waiver requests must be submitted to the program before Admissions & Enrollment will send out a coupon code.
  2. Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit all official translation of transcripts for all institutions attended to the CAS systems. Below are translation and transcript evaluation instructions:
    • Translation: If the academic institution that you attended does not issue documents in English, the credentialing agency will require that you submit a word-for-word translation of your transcripts. You can contact University Language Services (ULS) to submit your transcript for translation and instruct them to send the translated transcript to the credentialing agency you choose.
    • Transcript Evaluation: International students whose native language is not English may contact one of the following credentialing agencies to submit transcripts for official evaluation: www.wes.org or www.ece.org. Instruct the credentialing agency to send the official evaluation (and translation) directly to Admissions and Enrollment. You must provide both a course-by-course evaluation report along with an overall GPA calculation.
  3. Grade Point Average: All applicants must provide both a course-by-course evaluation report along with an overall GPA calculation on a 4.00 scale.
  4. Academic and Professional References: Degree-seeking applicants are required to provide two letters of recommendation except for the following programs which require three letters of recommendation - Biomedical Sciences, PhD, Reproductive Clinical Sciences, PhD, and Pathologists’ Assistant. The letters of recommendation and or forms must be completed by faculty at colleges attended by the applicant who are familiar with the student’s academic and research capabilities, and who are persons qualified to judge (e.g., supervisor) the applicant’s potential to complete the graduate program successfully. References from close friends and family members are unacceptable. The recommendation forms are part of the electronic application and vary by the CAS system the applicant is using.

    If a letter of recommendation and/or form has to be submitted via mail it must be received by the Admissions and Enrollment Office in a sealed envelope with the recommender’s signature written across the envelope flap. The Admissions & Enrollment Office may accept letters of recommendation for the School of Health Professions via email at hpadmissions@evms.edu.
  5. Prerequisite Courses: Some programs require prerequisite courses be completed prior to matriculating in the program. The prerequisite course requirements vary by program and applicants are encouraged to look at the admissions website or the program home page in the application system for the prerequisite course requirements.
  6. Personal Statement: Applicants are required to submit a personal statement about their program interest and future goals. Applicants are encouraged to look at the program personal statement requirement.
  7. Resume: Applicants are required to submit a copy of their resume or curriculum vitae.
  8. Other Application Supporting Documents
    Some programs require additional application documents be submitted. Below are some additional supporting documents:
    • Writing Sample - Art Therapy & Counseling
    • Reproductive Clinical Sciences MS Program Skills Report Form - Reproductive Clinical Sciences, MS
  9. Graduate Entrance Exams: Entrance exams are required by some programs and vary. These test scores are used as one of several indicators of the applicant’s ability to succeed in a graduate program. Below are some of the entrance exams accepted in some programs:
    • Dental Admissions Test (DAT) - Can be accepted by the Contemporary Human Anatomy Program
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - Required by Contemporary Human Anatomy, Pathologists’ Assistant and Reproductive Clinical Sciences, PhD
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Can be used in lieu of the TOEFL test for some programs
    • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) - The Contemporary Human Anatomy and Pathologists’ Assistant programs accept the MCAT in lieu of the GRE
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - International Students are required to take the TOEFL

Deferred Applications

Students who were accepted as degree-seeking, but did not enroll and requested a deferred action will not need to reapply again. Deferred status can only be for one application cycle. Students who do not matriculate after initial deferment will be required to apply again as a new applicant.


Students who were not accepted can apply again. In the CAS systems, a repeat applicant will be able to forward previous application details and materials to the new cycle and make additional updates.


International students who withdraw or are withdrawn from EVMS and wish to reapply must apply as a new student.

Admission Status

Degree-Seeking Status

International Applicants accepted to the School of Health Professions will be admitted as degree-seeking students. Certificate students must follow the same process as degree-seeking students. Not all certificate students qualify for F1 Visa and must inquire with the program before applying.

Visa Application Requirements

  1. Applicants with or applying for an F-1 Visa are required to submit current financial information that demonstrates the applicant has readily available funds to pay all tuition, fees, and living expenses for the first year of study, and documentation that adequate funds will be available for each subsequent year of study. (Note: M-1 Visa holders/applicants must demonstrate readily available funds for the entire period of study.)
  2. Current financial information is defined as documentation no more than 60 days old from a financial institution. If the account is in the name of someone other than the student, a signed affidavit from the account holder expressing intent and ability to support the student’s educational expenses will be required to be submitted with the financial information. Financial information that is not in U.S. dollars is required to be converted to U.S. dollars by a financial institution.
  3. It is the responsibility of the student to submit the required financial information on an annual basis to Kim Botdorf, Associate Director of Financial Aid, one month prior to the start of classes.
  4. It is the responsibility of the student to keep his/her visa status in good standing and provide documentation of visa status annually to Christine Points, one month prior to the start of classes.
  5. The student will be required to comply with all federal immigration regulations.
  6. Once the funds have been paid for the academic period, per institutional policy, the funds will not be refunded if the student withdraws, is expelled, allows his/her visa to expire, or leaves for any other reason during that period.

    This policy applies to all residential programs offered at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Please direct payment questions to the attention of Kim Botdorf, Associate Director of Financial Aid, and visa status questions to Christine Points, HR Generalist.

Pre-Matriculation Requirements for International Students

  • Electronically pay a non-refundable deposit fee of $300
  • Electronically acknowledge the Program Conditions of Acceptance
  • Electronically acknowledge the Program Technical Standards
  • Electronically complete the Criminal Background Check - All students residing in the United States and Canada must submit a criminal background check as part of their Conditions of Acceptance within 10 days of accepting the offer. Please visit the Criminal Background Check site to complete this process. Use only Internet Explorer to complete this requirement.
  • Electronically complete the Immunization Requirements: EVMS adheres to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for immunizations and tuberculosis surveillance and the immunization requirements of Virginia law as described under EVMS Student Health Requirements for Incoming Students. Applicants accepted will have 3 weeks from the date of confirming acceptance to complete all health requirements. To complete your student health requirement, please use your EVMS credentials to access the Occupational Health Portal. For additional information about the immunization requirements, please visit the Occupational Health website. Questions related to these requirements should be directed to Occupational Health via e-mail or telephone at 757-446-7105.
  • Distance learning students are not required to complete the immunization requirements except for the Reproductive Clinical Sciences, MS program.
  • Submit Final Evaluated Transcripts: Accepted students are required to submit final evaluated transcripts with the degree conferral date. Official electronic evaluated transcripts must be sent directly from the credentialing agency via email to hpadmissions@evms.edu.
  • Complete Mandatory Compliance Requirements Module in Blackboard:
    • Bloodborne Pathogen (Distance Learning students are not required to complete this requirement)
    • Compliance
    • HIPAA
    • Title IX
  • Complete Online Orientation
  • Complete Online Course Registration

Contact Information
Admissions and Enrollment
Eastern Virginia Medical School
P.O. Box 1980, Norfolk, VA 23501-1980
TEL: 757-446-7437
EMAIL: hpadmissions@evms.edu