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With COVID-19 (Coronavirus) affecting countries around the world, we are currently still accepting applications for Spring and Fall 2021. At this time, Chapman University is phasing in a return to campus for in-person instruction. As long as California remains in the less restrictive categories of Governor Newsom’s blueprint for opening California, we hope to offer the opportunity for students to join us on campus this spring term. Should Chapman be able to provide on-campus instruction for the spring and fall 2021 terms, we will be issuing I-20 Forms so you can join us here in the U.S. If the situation changes, we will send you updates about studying in the United States and COVID-19 as soon as possible. Please stay safe and healthy through this health emergency.

Our graduate programs are ideal for international students. The curriculum, networking, and hands-on learning opportunities prepare you to succeed in the United States or anywhere around the world. Available opportunities include internships, graduate research, study abroad options, and student clubs and activities.

Chapman is home to students from over 80 countries, and all 50 states and territories in the U.S.

How to Apply as an International Student

General application information is available on our Apply page. You can find instructions for your specific program of interest there. Below is the application information for international applicants.

The following programs do not accept international students: MMS Physician Assistant and Doctor of Pharmacy.

International students are eligible for all other graduate programs.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Applying as an International Student

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for international applicants. This page includes questions and answers about applying and preparing to enter Chapman University as an international student.


Find an Advising Center Around the World

Chapman partners with EducationUSA, which has advising centers in 170 countries. Their advisors can work with you on finding the right graduate program for you in the United States. Visit their website to find an advising center near you.

Connect With an International Ambassador

Our International Graduate Ambassadors come from all over the world. You can reach out to ask them questions or learn more about their Chapman experience.

International Student Profiles

You can learn more about the international graduate experience through interviews with current students and alumni.

Louis Ehwerhemeupha - MS & Ph.D. in Computational Sciences (Nigeria)

Louis is from Nigeria and earned his MS & Ph.D. in Computational and Data Sciences.


“The most important opportunity Chapman has provided is accessible professors. I had the chance to participate in interdisciplinary research with many professors.”

Dielle Fernandes - MS in Food Science (India)

Dielle is from India and earned her MS in Food Science.


“My Food Science program has organized Networking Nights, dinner meetings with the Southern California Institute of Food Technologists and conferences that provided numerous networking opportunities with professionals.”

Tram Nguyen - MBA (Vietnam)

Tram is from Vietnam and earned her MBA.


“I got to visit companies and talk to the recruiters. It is very useful for me to know what employers want in order to have a good preparation for my job applications.”

Rinzhin Tshering Sherpa - MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Nepal)

Tram is from Nepal and earned his MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences.


“Even though it’s still in its initial stages, the School of Pharmacy has been able to provide great research infrastructure and core facilities.”

Melanie Villarreal - MBA/MS in Food Science (Mexico)

Melanie is from Mexico and earned her Joint MBA/MS in Food Science.


“Thanks to my faculty advisor Dr. Prakash and Chapman alumni, I got a job as the innovation manager for a California-based snack food company where I get to apply both of my degrees.”

Esteban Zuluaga - MFA in Film and Television Producing (Colombia)

Esteban is from Colombia and earned his MFA in Film and Television Producing.


“I have spent most weekends on sets producing films, and I have learned how crucial collaboration, discipline and enthusiasm are to succeed in the field.”

A Note from Our President

“As President of Chapman University, I want to reassure all of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends that we care about and welcome you.

Chapman University’s mission is to develop global citizens and included in that mission are students from every heritage, ethnicity and religion. We remain committed to this mission and to the strength of our community.” 


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 Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D.
 President, Chapman University


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