International Graduate

Welcome to Portland!

As a graduate international student at Portland State, your classroom is in the center of our thriving, multicultural city. 

Over 10 percent of our graduate students are from countries outside of the U.S. and our campus hosts groups of students from India, China, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, South Korea, Brazil, and elsewhere. 

The Portland State international community provides immigration advising, life advising, programming and support to graduate students from nearly 100 different countries. From the moment you set foot on campus, you will be paired with a fellow international student who will mentor you as you embark on your graduate education.

How do international students apply to graduate school?

  • Complete the graduate application
  • Send the Graduate School’s Admissions office your official academic transcripts
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency
  • Provide financial documentation demonstrating adequate financial support for at least the first year of study
  • Depending on the individual graduate program that you are applying for, additional department requirements may include:
    • Personal essay or statement of purpose
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Standardized test scores, e.g., GRE (not required by all programs)
    • Resume
    • Writing samples
    • Portfolio


Submit Financial Documentation to Obtain Your Student Visa

To receive 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 financial support for at least the first year of study. Submit documentation to

Required documentation includes:

A bank statement or bank letter showing funds for one year of study:

  • Review required financial documentation at the bottom of the page to issue an I-20 below for acceptable documentation.

  • For a breakdown of costs please see the below table.

The Immigration Information Form

  • Click here to complete the Immigration Information form. This includes an affidavit of support from your sponsor if you will not use your own money to study. If you have more than one sponsor, you can turn in bank letters and affidavits for each of them.

Tuition, Fees, and Estimated Living Expenses: Academic Year 2021-2022

Program of Study Required Credits Tuition Fees Living Expenses Total
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science* 9 $19,671 $4,803 $16,194 $40,668
Liberal Arts Level 1** 9 $18,657 $4,803 $16,194 $39,654
Liberal Arts Level 2*** 9 $18,927 $4,803 $16,194 $39,924
College of the Arts**** 9 $19,629 $4,803 $16,194 $40,626
School of Social Work 9 $20,007 $4,803 $16,194 $41,004
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 11-14 (+5 in Summer) $36,720 $3,937 $24,092 $65,749
Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) 15 (+10 in Summer) $43,450 $5,073 $21,592 $70,115
Master of Science in Finance (MSF) 10-13 (+12 in Summer) $34,937 $5,073 $21,592 $61,602
All other graduate programs 9 $18,252 $4,803 $16,194 $39,249

*Maseeh College: Engineering and Computer Science programs
**Liberal Arts Level 1: Communication, Economics, English, Foreign Languages, Social Science, History, Psychology, and Sociology
***Liberal Arts Level 2: Anthropology, Applied Linguistics, Biology, Center for Science Ed, Chemistry, Conflict Resolution, English (Writing and Creative Writing), Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Math, Physics, and Speech & Hearing
****College of the Arts: Art, Music, and Architecture

  • The expenses listed above are estimated for the nine-month academic year only. Students who plan to remain in the United States during summer term should plan to have an additional $5,623 available for living expenses.
  • Those coming with family members should add $6,885 for a spouse and $7,677 for each child to the 9-month total.
  • Tuition, fees and estimated living expenses increase each year. Departments may charge different levels of tuition. While immigration regulations ask you to have the above amount available for each year of study at Portland State, your actual expenses may be more than our estimates depending on what you study and the number of credits in which you enroll.
  • United States immigration regulations require graduate students to complete a minimum of 9 credits per quarter. The cost for each additional credit ranges from $676-$790. Students are responsible to check with their departments about full-time enrollment requirements and departmental tuition and fee charges which may exceed these estimates.

Health Insurance

PSU Health Insurance is $1,009 per quarter. Students must be covered by PSU health insurance in Fall, Winter and Spring when registered for 1 or more credits. Continuing students are covered summer term without additional payment, but students whose first term of enrollment is summer must pay for health insurance in summer. 

Some students may be eligible to waive health insurance charges.

Required Bank & Financial Documentation for I-20 Issuance

Portland State University needs several bank documents to issue I-20s. This list gives examples of what we need to issue one. Please remember, we cannot issue an I-20 until you are admitted to Portland State University. If you have not yet been admitted, please make sure you have given us everything we need for your application.

  • A bank statement or bank letter showing funds for one year of study
  • The bank letter must show the type of account
  • We can only use bank letters for checking/current or savings accounts

The bank statement must have the following information:

  • The name of the bank
  • The office (branch) where the statement was issued
  • Specific contact information for the bank branch
  • The name of the account holder
  • The type of account (must be checking or savings account)
  • Amount in the account
  • Date the letter was written

We cannot use:

  • Investment accounts
  • Retirement accounts
  • Statements of income
  • Certificates of deposit that will not mature before you begin at PSU
  • Capability statements
  • Solvency statements
  • Fixed deposits
  • Educational loans
  • Real estate holdings
  • Estimated value of assets like gold, silver
  • Precious metals like gold or silver

Check Your Application Status

You will be notified by email about the status of your application, for each document you submit and your admission decision. You can also check the status of your application online. Go to Portland State University's online application system and log in to view your decision.

If you are not receiving email communications from Portland State University, be sure to check your email account. Once you set up your student account all communications will be sent to that email address. If you are not receiving information from us in any email inboxes, contact us at