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Last Updated on August 28, 2023

International Transfer Students

Applying as an International Transfer Student

Transfer applicants from outside of the U.S. must also submit the following materials:

  • If English is not your first language, please submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 80 (Internet-based) is required for admission. The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. We will waive the TOEFL and IELTS requirement if you have attended an English-speaking college for two years.
  • International Student Certification of Finances (PDF) form and supporting bank statement.

International Transfer Student Financial Assistance

International students are considered for merit-based awards only. These awards range from $10,000 to $30,000 per year and are based on academic record and potential to succeed at Clarkson. Learn more about International Student Financial Aid.

As an international student at Clarkson, you’ll join undergraduates from over 40 different countries who thrive in a supportive, welcoming university community.

The active International Students Club will provide a campus home away from home, and the International Center at Clarkson can answer all of your questions about visas, work permits, and the logistics of living and learning in the United States.

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Costs & Scholarships

2021-2022 Costs

The cost for the Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 school year is $75,668 USD. This cost includes tuition and fees ($53,100), housing ($10,094) and meals ($7,518). Students will need to show support for the total cost of attendance less any international scholarship awarded or loan secured. Applicants who cannot show the required amount of support will be disqualified. Clarkson’s cost of attendance increases incrementally each year. International Scholarships

All accepted international students will be considered for a partial international scholarship at Clarkson. There is no separate application to complete to be considered for an international scholarship. These scholarships range from $5,000 to $30,000 per academic year. The amount awarded is based on the student’s academic record. For first-year students this includes: secondary school GPA, rigor of the curriculum, SAT and TOEFL scores, and letters of recommendation. For transfer students, university GPA, rigor of curriculum, TOEFL score, and letters of recommendation are considered. International scholarships do not increase after the first year. Students must maintain good Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to maintain their international scholarship.

Clarkson does NOT offer need-based financial aid to international students. “You Are Welcome Here” Scholarship

Clarkson University is one of 50+ colleges and universities nationwide that has joined the #YouAreWelcomeHere national scholarship program, pledging to create scholarships for international students to study in the U.S. 

Clarkson will offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover at least of 50% of tuition to international undergraduates dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHere message of bridging intercultural divides. Students with a strong academic profile are encouraged to apply!

Learn more Honors Program

International students may apply for admission to our Honors Program. There is a separate application process for this program. An on-campus interview or telephone interview is also required. Students who are accepted into the Honors Program receive a $2,000 per year scholarship. Admission to this program is very competitive.

Job Opportunities

Campus Jobs

There are limited work-study positions available for international students on campus. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to secure on-campus employment. Priority is given to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who are work-study eligible under federal guidelines. While there are some areas on campus that hire international students, our food service provider, ARAMARK, seems to be the best area to seek employment. The average student will work about eight to 10 hours per week. The pay is minimum wage ($9.70/hour until 12/31/17 and $10.40 until 12/31/18). Work-study earnings should be viewed as spending money and not as a source for greatly defraying the cost of attendance. Under the terms of the F-1 student visa, international students cannot work more than 20 hours per week on campus. Off-campus Jobs

Off-campus employment is only permissible with appropriate authorization under the regulations of the F-1 student visa. The International Students & Scholars Office will work with students who wish to pursue employment off campus either prior to or after completion of the degree program admitted to. Students in F-1 status are allowed 12 months of optional practical training before or after completion in work related to their major field of study and in certain circumstances, international students may be eligible for curricular practical training for required practical experiences.

Q: What Makes Clarkson Different?

A: Our Return on Investment

At Clarkson, graduate school is truly an investment in your future earnings potential. On average, a Clarkson degree will increase your earnings by 42% and PayScale Inc. ranks Clarkson in the top 12 of Best Master’s Degree Granting Programs by salary potential. A: Our Scholarship Opportunities

ALL of our students, regardless of program, full-time/part-time status, and location (online, hybrid, onsite) are considered for merit-based scholarships upon application without any further action needed. Learn more about financial aid, costs and scholarships.  A: Our Flexible Approach

We encourage you to design your education to fit into your lifestyle. With a variety of onsite, online and hybrid options as well as full-time and part-time opportunities, you have the flexibility to be comfortable with the plan you create for yourself to reach your goals. Attend an Event Online

We encourage you to sign up for one of our prospective graduate student events. We are not holding in-person events at this time, but are continuing to schedule and hold online information sessions. Please check our events calendar for upcoming online events.

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Learn About Our Programs & Application Process

In this informational video, Director of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment Dan Capogna provides an overview of what is offered at our various campuses and how to apply. Costs, Scholarships & Financial Aid

Financial Aid can be an overwhelming process, but it doesn’t have to be. We have countless scholarship, grant, loan, corporate tuition benefit, courses waiver and assistantship options to explore with you and we’re here to help.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Graduate students enrolled in Master’s and PhD level programs may finance their education through a combination of university awards and student loans. University awards are granted by each graduate school. Learn more about our scholarship & financial aid options.


Graduate school costs are determined based on credit hours. The cost per credit hour is dependent on the program you are entering. Learn more about the costs of attending one of our graduate programs. 

Start Your Application

Applying to one of our graduate programs starts with filling out our online application. Our staff is ready to assist you throughout the process and work with you on application deadlines based on when you plan to begin your studies. Step One

Complete the online application form questions.

Start the Online Application Step Two

Submit the following supporting materials: 

  • All collegiate transcripts
  • GRE or GMAT Test Scores*
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation from a faculty member or professional reference**
  • TOEFL or IELTS Test Scores (if applicable)
  • Personal statement or Essay (250 – 500 words)
  • Resume
  • Application Fee – $50 (waived if you attend one of our Open Houses online or onsite)

*May not be applicable for some applicants depending on program and experience

**Number required varies on a program-by-program basis. Step Three

Provide Additional Application-Related Information 

  • GRE® Institution Code – 2084
  • TOEFL® Institution Code – 2084
  • GMAT Institution Code (Full-time) – V1G-53-52
  • GMAT Institution Code (Part-time) – V1G-53-77
  • IELTS – You must provide scanned score report. No institutional code is needed.

Once you submit your completed application, you will receive email communications regarding the status of your application.

Contact Us

Graduate Admissions

Dean, Graduate School: Michelle Crimi
8 Clarkson Ave., Potsdam, NY 13699
80 Nott Terrace, Schenectady, NY 12308Phone:518-631-9831[email protected]

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