International Admission

International Admission

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Hofstra University is extremely proud of its large and diverse international student and faculty community, with individuals coming to our campus from more than 75 countries.

Hofstra University is conveniently located just 40 km east of, and less than an hour’s train ride from, New York City. Our partnerships with some of the world’s leading corporations and organizations in and around Manhattan allow graduate students to benefit from a wide array of internship and networking opportunities that can take their careers to a higher level of performance.

Our international students enjoy all the benefits of the American higher education system at a safe, selective, and private campus that values diversity and promotes cross-cultural understanding.

For more information, please contact us at or 516-463-4723.

Applying for Graduate Study as an International Student


International students are invited to apply to Hofstra using the appropriate application system for their program of interest (more details are available on our application page). In addition to required applicant materials (which vary by program), international students must provide proof of English Language proficiency. Permanent residents who have been living in the US for a minimum of 3 years are exempt from this requirement. Acceptable means of proficiency include:

  • TOEFL Exam, minimum 80*
  • IELTS Exam, minimum 6.5*
  • PTEA Exam, minimum 53*
  • ITEP Exam, minimum 4*
  • ELS 112 Certificate
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree from a regionally accredited US Institution
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree from English Speaking Countries (Australia, Canada [except Quebec/Montreal], Irish Republic, New Zealand and United Kingdom)
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree from Africa Anglophone countries (Botswana, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Melawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe)
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree from Commonwealth Caribbean Anglophone countries (Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobagoand Turks and Caicos).

*Some graduate programs require a higher level of proficiency.

We are also accepting the following exams and proof of English proficiency for applicants who are unable to meet one of the above requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Duolingo score of 120 or higher

If you do not meet the criteria above, please contact our office at or explore opportunities for pathway program admission through INTO Hofstra.

Obtaining a Form I-20
International Student Affairs

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