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Chapman is home to students from all over the world. Approximately 6% of our students are international, with more than 80 countries represented.

Our undergraduate programs are ideal for international students, with curriculum, networking, and hands-on learning opportunities that will prepare you to succeed anywhere in the world.

Our location in sunny Orange County, home to more than 94,000 businesses, provides students with real-world opportunities through internships and connections with Chapman alumni.

General application information is available on our How to Apply page. Below is some additional information for international applicants.

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How to Apply as an International Student

If you cannot find the information below, you can visit our International Frequently Asked Questions page.

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English Proficiency and Test Scores

Our minimum English undergraduate requirements are:

  • TOEFL: an 80 iBT (with balanced sub scores) or 20 per section on the revised paper-delivered test
  • IELTS: a 6.5. (with balanced sub scores)
  • Duolingo English Test: 115

All applicants who are non-native English speakers must submit proof of English proficiency. Students graduating from secondary schools where English is the language of instruction will automatically be reviewed for a waiver of this requirement.

Students who score at least a 600 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section, or a 24 on both the ACT English and Reading sections, will automatically have the English proficiency requirement waived. Only official SAT or ACT scores will waive the English proficiency requirement. Self-reported scores will not be used for this purpose.

Transfer students who are completing college coursework in the United States must have completed a transferable English course in a traditional classroom setting. Online English courses will not satisfy this requirement.

Official Academic Documents

International applicants must provide official copies of academic records from all secondary or senior secondary schools, pre-university programs, and colleges and universities attended. Applicants should:

  • Have all academic records sent directly from their schools (whenever possible).
  • Submit all academic records in the native language, accompanied by a certified English translation (if the native language is not English).
  • Send external examination results or predicted results. Examples: predicted IB results, Indian board exam results, GCSE/IGCSE results, predicted A-levels, Australian ATAR, etc.
  • Submit any additional documents as requested by the Office of Admission.

Documents must be sent to Chapman directly from the issuing institution.  Official transcripts can be emailed to intladmit@chapman.edu from an official school email address, or may be sent in a sealed envelope to our physical address:

Chapman University
Office of Admission
One University Dr.
Orange, CA 92866


Note: Chapman University expects students to prepare work that is their own, factually true and honestly presented. Chapman University does not contract with, nor is represented by, non-Chapman entities in the recruitment and admission process.

Transcript Evaluation

Once your transcripts are received, Chapman will internally evaluate them. Chapman does not require outside evaluations.

Frequently Asked Questions about Applying as an International Student

Please visit our International Student Frequently Asked Questions page. This page includes helpful information and tips for applying and preparing to enter Chapman University as an international student.

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Melissa Cho '21
Melissa Cho to Chapman from Taiwan. In this blog post, she shares her tips for any student who is coming to Chapman from outside the United States.

Advising Centers Around the World

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Contact an International Admission Counselor

Email: intladmit@chapman.edu

Phone: (714) 997-6713

Mailing Address:
Office of Admission
One University Drive 
Orange, CA 92866

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