International Student Application Process

IPO Welcome Week 2022

Augustana University invites international students who will complete secondary school to apply to AU. Transfer students and non-degree (study abroad) students are also welcome.

Admission is granted to those who have excellent academic promise and achieved a minimum score on one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL (550 PBT or 79 iBT), IELTS (6.0 overall band), Duolingo English Test (minimum 105/160) or equivalent scores on the, METPTEGTEC CBT, or EIKEN exams. If a student has taken the SAT or ACT, Augustana will look at their reading and writing sub-scores in place of an English proficiency exam. Augustana will also offer conditional admission to academically qualified students in need of intensive English, with full admission being offered after successful completion of ELS's Intensive English Program, Level 112.

Augustana operates on a “rolling” admission process. This means that from Sept. 1 through June 30, the university will evaluate the student's application file and make an admission decision as soon as it is complete. There is no fee to apply.

Students who apply prior to March 1 will have an advantage in obtaining scholarships, securing an American roommate, choosing classes and allowing for sufficient time to secure a visa in their home country. AU accepts applications up to a year in advance of the term students are planning to enroll. The university recommends that students complete the application process below no later than two months in advance.

To be considered for both admission and scholarships, send/complete the following to Augustana:

  1. Apply online using the Augustana online application form or Common Application
  2. All secondary and post-secondary transcripts, results and/or national exam scores
  3. A personal statement (250 words minimum) describing a significant challenge you have overcome
  4. One of the following test score reports (only one of these is required, not all of them):
  5. Financial Statement showing sufficient resources to support yourself for one academic year
  6. Completed International Student Financial Ability Form
  7. A copy of the photo page of your passport

Applicants are requested to send documents electronically (including scans of transcripts and exam scores) to or by email to their admission counselor.

Schools that submit "original" copies of transcripts may also send electronic copies to or by email to the student's admission counselor.

Original paper documents sent by applicants, sponsors, schools or exam centers (for example, high school transcripts and exam scores) must be sent by regular or express courier to:

Augustana University
Office of Admission
2001 S. Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota  57197