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International Applicants

International Student Services

The Admissions department is here to help international students through the application process, with an experienced staff committed to helping international students take the necessary steps to reach their educational goals at the University of Saint Katherine (USK). This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.


Please keep in mind the following deadlines:



Complete application deadline: June 1
Deposit Deadline: June 15
Payment Deadline: July 1


Completed Application Deadline: November 1
Deposit Deadline: November 15
Payment Deadline: December 1

1. Application with Essays

Complete and submit your official application for admission.

2. High School and College Transcripts

Transcripts must be translated to English by to show name of institution, dates of attendance, credentials received, individual courses taken and US equivalent credit/unit value and grade. For transcripts from US high schools or colleges, please have them sent by the institution electronically to or in a sealed envelope directly to:

Office of Admissions
University of Saint Katherine
277 Rancheros Drive, 2nd Floor
San Marcos, CA 92069

3. SAT or ACT Scores

Submit SAT or ACT scores requested through or Test score requirement is waived for students that have completed 24 or more units of college credit. If applicable.

4. English Requirements

Applicants from countries whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways to ensure a successful experience at USK.

Minimum Score: 61
A recent official test score report must be submitted to USK.

Duolingo English Test
Minimum score: 90
The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with [institution name] when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. Results must be submitted to USK.

Minimum Score: 6
A recent official test score report must be submitted to USK.

5. Bank Statement

Official letter from a bank in English showing a student has the financial means to pay for one year of attendance ($44,700) at USK. The cost of attendance for one year at USK is as follows. This letter must be signed by an official from the bank.

Tuition & Fees (2022-2023) $28,800 ($27,000 + 1,800)
Room & Board (meals not included) $13,000 (estimation as we do not offer housing)
Books, supplies & personal expense (estimation) $5,000

Total $46,800

6. Affidavit of Financial Support

Form is available as a PDF here
Proof of Funds form is available as a PDF here

7. Copy of Passport

8. Transfer Students

Copy of VISA
Request release of record in SEVIS from previous U.S. institution in order for your record to be released from SEVIS Notify your current school’s international department that you will be transferring to the University of Saint Katherine

Email with your current school’s international department’s contact information. A copy of your acceptance letter will be sent to your current school’s international department so your record can be released in SEVIS.

The I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status) is issued by the Admissions Department of the University of Saint Katherine to international students who have been accepted into USK’s degree program.

Evidence of financial support from a financial institution is required in the amount stated on the I-20 Form before the I-20 Form can be prepared for the international student. This proof of financial support must be submitted in the pre-application stage of the admissions process.

Once a student receives notice of acceptance to the University of Saint Katherine, the next step is to pay a $500 tuition deposit before the I-20 will be processed. If the student does not have a U.S. bank, payment can be made by calling the Admissions Office to make payment over the phone.

Please note: There are no payment plans available to international students. Therefore, students must have all remaining balances paid in full for the year by the deadline listed above. Once the student has submitted his/her tuition deposit, an I-20 will be generated for the student and mailed to their home address. The student must then make an appointment with the embassy in his/her home country in order to apply for an F-1 student Visa. The student must bring their valid I-20 (along with the documentation listed below) to the appointment.

The F-1 student visa is a nonimmigrant visa. In order for this visa to be issued, the applicant must provide proof that:

He or she has a permanent residence outside of the U.S. which they have no intention of abandoning;

He or she is desirous to obtain temporary nonimmigrant status into the United States for the sole purpose of engaging in a full-time course of study at the University of Saint Katherine, who issued them the I-20 Form.

Applicants for an F-1 student visa will need to apply at the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate of their permanent residence. The U.S. Consular will require an interview with the applicant, and it is required for the applicant to present a valid passport and the I-20 Form as well as proof of financial support.

Each applicant for an F-1 student visa must also submit the following information:

  • Forms DS-156, DS-157, and DS-158.
  • A valid passport for travel to the U.S.
  • One or more photographs, based on the requirements specified.
  • I-20 Form from the University of Saint Katherine.
  • Proof of financial support from a financial institution.
  • Pay the one-time I-901 fee online before the consular interview.

Mexican or Canadian citizens admitted to the United States either as an F-1 or F-3 status as “border commuter students” are admitted for a fixed period of time that coincides with the term of session end-date on their I-20 Form. They are not admitted for “duration of status” like regular F-1 students. A new I-20 Form is required for each new semester.

To qualify you must:

  • Be a Canadian or Mexican citizen.
  • Be registered as a border commuter student.
  • Attend a U.S. College located within 75 miles of the boarder.
  • Be enrolled in a degree program, pursuing it part-time.
  • Maintain actual residence and place of abode in their country of citizenship, and commute through a land border port-of-entry to the U.S. for study.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an Internet database system designed to track International students while they are in the United States.
While in the United States, F-1 International students must report correct and up to date information regarding their personal information, U.S. address, enrollment status, and academic progress to the Admissions Office. The PDSO will then enter this information into the SEVIS database.

PLEASE NOTE: It is very important for a non-immigrant student to maintain his or her immigrant status while in the United States. It is the responsibility of the International student to keep all immigrant documents current. If an International student fails to maintain the conditions of their non immigrant status, it could jeopardize their status, and could possibly be grounds for deportation from the United States under the U.S. immigration law.