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International Graduate Application Process

IMPORTANT NOTE: Through Fall 2015, applying to Portland State at the graduate level requires two separate applications, one to the university admission office, and the other to the academic department in which the applicant hopes to study. In 2016, there will be a streamlined application process. Visit for details.

  1. Submit your departmental admission application to the academic department.
    1. Review and select one of the various graduate programs at Portland State University.
    2. Examine the departmental application deadlines, procedures, and requirements through the comprehensive graduate academic program information spreadsheet.
    3. Most departmental applications will require submission of the following items to their coordinator:
      1. Departmental Application
      2. All undergraduate transcripts and degree certificates
      3. TOEFL or IELTS or PTE scores
      4. GRE or GMAT scores
      5. Statement of Purpose
      6. Letters of Recommendation
      7. CV or Resume
  2. Submit your university admission application and $65 USD application fee online.
    1. Access Banweb, PSU's application portal.
    2. At the application portal, click “First time user account creation”.
    3. You will then be prompted to create a login identity and PIN number; please save this information so you can amend or access your application at a later date.
    4. Upon completion of the required information, submit your application by using a credit card to pay the $65 USD application fee.
  3. Submit your official transcripts and graduation certificate/diploma from all previous college(s) or universities.
    1. Upload and submit admission application documents.
    2. Please remember, if you are admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts. All United States transcripts must be submitted officially in unopened envelopes bearing the stamp of the institution where credits were earned.
    3. Request official documentation from your school(s) that conforms to Portland State University’s official records policy. You can bring these directly to our office upon arrival to Portland State (Neuberger Hall 105) or may submit them to our office via post at:
        Portland State University
        Office of International Admissions
        PO Box 751
        Portland, Oregon 97207
  4. Submit evidence of English language proficiency that meets the university’s graduate minimum requirements. Graduate applications will not be reviewed until evidence of English language proficiency has been received by the Office of International Admissions. Note: The Office of International Admissions cannot grant conditional admission to graduate students without departmental approval.
    1. Learn more about PSU’s minimum academic requirements: international graduate and English language proficiency requirements: graduate.
    2. Request official test results to be sent to Portland State University by ETS (TOEFL), PTE, or the British Council (IELTS).
    3. Submit admission application documents including test scores (IELTS, PTE, or TOEFL) or request official score reports sent to our offices.
  5. Financial Certification and Immigration Information Form.
    1. Upload and submit the financial certification and immigration form or mail the form to the following address:
        Portland State University
        Office of International Admissions
        PO Box 751
        Portland, Oregon 97207
  6. Upload and submit financial documentation or sponsorship letters for purposes of immigration requirements and I-20 issuance.
    1. Financial documentation is not required to make an admission determination. However, if your financial documentation is submitted with your initial application, it will greatly reduce the processing time of your application, often by more than several weeks.
    2. Learn about the estimated total tuition, fees, and estimated living expenses for attendance.
    3. If someone other than the applicant is supporting the financial costs of attendance to Portland State University, the sponsor(s) must each submit an affidavit of support for the amount to which they agree to sponsor the applicant per year.
    4. Learn more about required financial documentation for international students we must verify in order to issue the I-20. Note: In order to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019, all international applicants who plan to have F-1 or J-1 student visas are required to submit documentation of adequate financial support for at least the first year of study. Costs are outlined in the link above. Support documentation can be in the form of bank statements from checking or savings accounts; no investment, retirement, or loan documentation can be used to issue immigration documents, including the I-20.
  7. Check your email! Await the announcement of your admission determination from your department and then from the Office of International Admissions after you have submitted a complete application. Note: Once a complete application is received, as described in the above steps, it generally takes between eight to ten weeks from the time the file is complete for a decision to be announced by email. We notify the applicant directly using the email address they used when they submitted their application online. We are not able to make admission determinations until the academic department has notified our office. Students who are not admitted by their department cannot be admitted to Portland State University.
    1. If you are admitted, immediately request official copies of your academic documents (high school transcripts, degree certificates, exam results, college/university transcripts) to be sent to our office.
    2. If you are admitted and are currently studying at another school, college, or university in the United States, we will also require the Transfer Information Form. The Transfer Information Form is completed by your international or immigration advisor and sent to our International Student & Scholar Services officer using the instructions on the form.