International Admissions

International applications are reviewed as they are received, and admission decisions are made as each review is completed. Early application is recommended since admissions are closed when each class is filled.


International Student Admission Procedures

All non-U.S. citizens who apply to Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, in addition to the general requirements, must complete and submit the following:

  • A completed application for admission
  • Official transcripts (NOTE: All transcripts and documents in languages other than English must be certified and accompanied by a certified English translation. The original and notarized copy of the evaluation showing degree equivalency and/or subject breakdown must be submitted. Prior to enrollment official transcripts and education records documenting the date of completion/graduation are required. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) for a list of credential agencies.)
  • Regardless of U.S. residency, international applicants who received associate, undergraduate degrees or higher from colleges and universities in which English is not the primary language must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination as an indicator of ability to read, write, and comprehend English. This requirement is waived for applicants who received degrees from colleges and universities in which the primary language is English.
  • Barnes-Jewish College recommends that students take the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT).
    • The score requirement for the IBT is 85, with minimum scores of 21 for reading and 23 for writing.
    • The score requirement for the computer-based test is 240, with a minimum score of 4.5 on the test of Written English.
    • The score requirement for the paper-based test is 575. The Barnes-Jewish College TOEFL code is 6329.
  • A passing score on the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (COGFNS) Examination for applicants from foreign nursing schools
  • International applicants need to allow sufficient time for the application to be processed and reviewed by the admissions office and for financial documents to be received and reviewed by the student services office. An international student’s admission will not become official until both processes are completed.

NOTE: Legal residents with permanent Visas (Alien Registration Card holders) are admitted to the Barnes-Jewish College in the same manner as native citizens of the U.S.

Requirements for Form I-20 and Visa

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College is permitted to enroll students in the F-1 visa classification.

If you plan to enter the U.S. on a student (F-1) visa, you and your sponsor must complete the enclosed Financial Certificate for International Students. You must also have a letter from your personal bank or your sponsor’s bank on bank letterhead verifying the ability to provide the funds stated on the financial certificate. A scholarship award letter or other supporting documents may also be attached to the financial certificate if appropriate. Only with the documentation will we be able to issue an I-20, even though you may be academically admissible.

If you are disabled or require special services, such as readers for the blind or interpreters for the deaf, you must also certify the availability of $4,000 to $10,000 over the standard expenses to pay for such services for the first and subsequent years of study.

After you have been accepted and received the I-20 from Barnes-Jewish College, you must obtain from a U.S. consulate or embassy the appropriate F-1 Student Visa. To apply for a visa, you must submit the following documents:

  • A valid form I-20 for an F-1 visa
  • A valid passport
  • Evidence of sufficient financial support to cover tuition and living expenses in the United States

You will be expected to register for the term for which admission has been offered.

Visa regulations require that you maintain a full course of study each term (a minimum of 12 credit hours per term). International students will also be required to check in at the start of each term with the student support services department.

We strongly encourage you to send your application materials to us as early as possible. You need to allow sufficient time for your application to be completed and reviewed by the admissions office and for your financial information to be received and reviewed by the student support services department. Your admission will not become official until both processes are completed.

Admission Entry Term Dates

Please view entry term dates for undergraduate or graduate programs.

Tuition Deposit Deadlines

Accepted students are required to provide a non-refundable $150 tuition deposit. A check payable to Barnes-Jewish College must be sent to the admissions office within 30 days from the date on the admission letter.

Health Insurance

The United States operates with a system of private medical insurance. International students are required to provide proof of adequate health insurance within 10 days of their enrollment at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College. Make certain that you obtain coverage from the day you arrive in the U.S. until your program of study is completed.

Medical Evacuation/Repatriation Insurance

International students are also required to provide proof of coverage in the event of a medical crisis as determined by the attending physician and the Director of Student Services which would require you to return home. Information about insurance offered through International SOS can be obtained by calling 215.767.1403.

Medical Examination and Immunizations

Students will be required to complete a medical examination by their physician, including an immunization history for a number of diseases. Students must have immunizations completed or have received at least the first dose of a multiple series inoculation before arrival. Students will also be required to provide the results of their most recent tuberculosis (TB) test.

Employment for International Students

Full-time students are eligible for on-campus paid employment. It is strongly recommended that first-term students do not seek on-campus employment. You may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and 40 hours per week during the summer and vacation periods.

If you are on an F-1 visa, you may not accept off-campus employment without prior approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Such approval is not given during the first nine (9) months of a student’s stay in the United States.

For more information, contact the student support services department at Goldfarb School of Nursing.

Average Expenses

Here are the average Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College expenses based on a 12-month academic year.
Please note: These average expenses are subject to change.

Accelerated BSN Upper Division
Tuition & Fees $46,570 $32,410
Living Expenses $10,000 $10,000
Books & Supplies $2,500 $2,500
Health Insurance $1,500 $1,500
TOTAL (per year) $60,570 $46,410


Financial Documentation

International students must supply documentation that they or their sponsor possess adequate financial resources to support their study in the United States.

Documentation includes:

  • The fully completed and signed Information for International Applicants 2019-2020
  • Scholarship award letters (if appropriate)
  • Letters on official letterhead from your personal bank or your sponsor’s bank verifying your ability to provide funds stated on your financial certificate.

Documentation should be no more than four (4) months old and must be presented in U.S. dollars. Non-liquid assets such as real property will not be accepted as financial resources.

Checklist for Completion of Application

For Admission – Applicant Not Currently in the United States/Applicant Applying for Change of Status (COS):

  • Completed application form, $50 application fee, and all required documents
  • Financial Certificate for International Students, fully completed by you and signed by your sponsor, and scholarship award letters if appropriate
  • Letter from your personal bank or your sponsor’s bank on official bank letterhead verifying your ability to provide the funds stated on your financial certificate. Please have the bank indicate your name on the bank letter.
  • A statement describing what you have been doing during any interruptions in your educational history

For Admission As a Transfer Student

  • All required documents listed above
  • Completed International Student Transfer form
  • A copy of your current I-20 and I-94 and a letter on college or university letterhead from the International Services Officer of the school from which you are intending to transfer that states you are currently a student in good standing

Unclassified Students

A temporary or visiting student may register for selected undergraduate or graduate courses in “unclassified” student status after the following criteria have been met:

  • Completion of specific sections of the application form
  • Payment of the $150 tuition deposit


  • Unclassified students are not eligible for federal or state financial aid funds
  • Unclassified students may not enroll in any course with a clinical practicum without permission from the appropriate Assistant Dean
  • Unclassified students may enroll for a maximum of 9 credit hours. An applicant to the Post-Master's Certificate program may enroll for a maximum of 6 credit hours
  • Students in "unclassified” status may be dismissed from the College without review or right of appeal
  • Unclassified students must successfully complete the program admission process if they plan to pursue a degree
  • International students currently enrolled at another institution who wish to take a course(s) at Barnes-Jewish College must provide approval in writing from the International Student Office at their current institution

Unclassified Acceptance Procedure

Applicants accepted as “unclassified" students:

  • Are admitted on a “seat available” rule
  • Have to meet the pre-requisite requirements in order to register for courses
  • Will be made aware that they may not be able to register for the class until the last minute if the course is one that our current students need to take
  • May be subject to getting “bumped” if one of our current students needs to take the course