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									              Welcome to
        George Mason University

The College of Education and Human Development

       Come join our learning community!
         International Community

Mason welcomes students from over 125 countries creating a
diverse environment rich in cultural perspectives.
              Candidates Presenting
             International Credentials
   Foreign national—citizen of any country other than the United
      Nonimmigrant visa-more than 20 types (F-1 or J-1 student
        visa)-temporary visit
      Immigrant visa (limited, work-H-1B, etc.)-permanent visit

   Permanent resident—lawful immigrant
      Immigrant goes through a three-step process to get permanent
        residency—can take several years
      Issued Permanent Resident Card (Alien Registration Card or
        Green Card)
   U.S. Citizen

Phase I: Exploration
    Why George Mason University?

   Nationally accredited (NCATE) programs
   Wide variety of programs
   Convenient class times (4:30 and 7:20)
   Team to assist you
       Advisor
       Endorsement Specialist
       Field Placement Specialist
       Licensure Specialist
Get Familiar with CEHD Programs

o   Each program has its own Web site with
    Academic and Admissions information
o   You can find forms and Pre-Admission
    Requirements for your program
o   You do not have to have a background in
    education to pursue our programs
     Pick a Program
      International Credential Evaluation

   The College of Education and Human Development
    (CEHD) requires all applicants who have completed degrees
    outside the United States to submit official transcript
    evaluations from an organization recognized by either the
    National Association of Credential Evaluation Officers
    ( or the American
    Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions
    Officers (AACRAO) (

   More information:
International Credential Evaluation
     for Licensure Applicants
   All initial teaching and school counseling licensure
    applicants presenting international credentials require a
    course-by-course international transcript evaluation
    acceptable by both the Virginia Department of
    Education (VDOE)
    and George Mason University (GMU).
   Although we do not endorse any particular evaluation
    agency, World Education Service (WES) and
    AACRAO are accepted by both the VDOE and GMU.
    World Education Services (WES)
   WES will electronically provide verified transcripts
    (academic credentials) with an international credential
    evaluation to GMU by ordering the WES ICAP: .
   The verified academic credentials fulfill all of GMU’s
    transcript requirements by including:
       transcript with degree conferral
       English translation
       copy of your graduation diploma or degree certificate
        (applicants from China must submit both)
    Attested documents must be provided to CEHD Admissions IF they are not included.
    American Association of Collegiate Registrars
       and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

   Authorize AACRAO to forward the completed paper evaluation directly to:
    George Mason University
    CEHD Admissions
    Robinson A103
    4400 University Dr., MS 4D1
    Fairfax, VA 22030
   If you opt to have an electronic evaluation sent, they are sent to GMU Main
    Admissions and it may take added time to have them routed to CEHD Admissions.
    You should request that your evaluation be sent to CEHD Admissions at MS 4D1.
   Additionally, you will need to submit official transcripts and an attested copy of
    your diploma or degree certificate to CEHD Admissions if your degree conferral is
    not listed on your transcript (applicants from China must submit both).

   More information:
              Evaluation Fees
   In addition to sending your international
    credential evaluation to GMU, you should
    request additional copies for your future
    employer and the Virginia Department of
    Education if you are pursuing licensure.
   Agencies charge fees for their services and
    may have document requirements that are
    different from George Mason University. You
    are responsible for payment of all fees charged
    by external agencies.
      Attested Documents
 University
 Embassy or Consulate

 Fulbright

 Education USA

 Amideast

 British Council
    Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

   George Mason University requires graduate
    applicants to hold a credential that we evaluate
    to be comparable to a four-year bachelor’s
    degree from a regionally accredited university
    or college in the United States.
   All three-year bachelor’s degrees will be
    evaluated by GMU to ensure they meet GMU
    degree requirements.
   Graduate Bridge Program
Graduate Bridge Program

 Designed for domestic and
  international graduate school candidates
  with three-year bachelor’s degrees
 Supplements undergraduate education

 Prepares for graduate study

 Provisional graduate admission

 Apply to graduate program for
    Graduate Bridge Program Details

   11 credits of undergraduate general education
    course work
   3 credits of graduate course work
   28 credit hours (14 fall/14 spring)
   Certificate of Preparation for Graduate Study
    Qualifications for Bridge Program
   Three year international degree (technical orientation
    highly sought)
   TOEFL/IELTS score (must meet University and
    program requirements)
   Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative or last 60 hours
    GPA in undergraduate course work
   Must meet all graduate program requirements
English Proficiency
   Rigorous graduate coursework
   Full command of academic English
   Successful throughout studies
   Accurately comprehend written graduate-level English
   Clearly understand rapidly spoken English in
    classroom lectures and in professional settings
   Write with the proper grammar and syntax
   Respond quickly in English using an appropriate
    collegiate vocabulary
English Proficiency
   Mason strictly requires all students who have not earned a
    bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally
    accredited university in the United States, Canada (excluding
    province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and
    New Zealand to take an English proficiency examination
   All applicants must achieve a minimum score set by Mason in
    order to be considered for admission.
   Exams measure reading, comprehension, writing, and speaking
    fairly and consistently
   Will not be waived for individuals regardless of country of
    citizenship, the length of time they may have lived in the United
    States, study of English in another country, or the amount of
    coursework taken at English language learning organizations.
TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language):
(scores valid for 2 years; GMU institutional code 5827)

Phone registration: 800-GO-TOEFL (Thompson ProMetric)
Internet-based sites:

Online registration for paper-based:
Paper-based sites:

Scores required for admission to GMU:
TOEFL internet 88, subsections 20 (*ESL requires 100, subsections 23)
TOEFL paper 575 (*ESL requires 600)
IELTS International English Language Testing System:
(scores valid for 2 years)

Registration guide:

IELTS Administrator        Tel: (703) 527-7888 Ext. 104
1901 N. Moore Street          (703) 294-6012
Suite LL-01
Arlington, VA 22209

Scores required for admission to GMU: IELTS 6.5 (*ESL requires 7.0)
    Teacher Licensure Candidates
   Praxis I or qualifying exam:
   Endorsement review:
   ACTFL WPT and OPI (foreign language
   Career Switcher/Secondary Ed for candidates
    with five-years of full-time work experience
    must also complete VCLA and Praxis II
Praxis Test Preparation (Licensure)
CEHD Office of Education Services Workshops
   PRAXIS I (Reading/Writing and Math)
   PRAXIS II (English,
    Math, Social Studies for Secondary levels)

LearningPlus Tutorial
   Developed by ETS to help teacher candidates prepare for the Praxis I and Praxis II
   Computer-delivered, fully interactive instructional package.
   Available for student use in the Learning Services Office in Student Union
    Building I, room 350.
   A $20 fee provides up to 100 hours of self- paced instruction.
   For more information, call 703.993.2999.
 Pay  close attention to the deadline
  for your graduate program.
 Students pursuing a F-1 or J-1
  student visa need to apply 30 days
  prior to all published deadlines to
  facilitate processing of immigration
Phase 2: Applicant
               Apply Online

   Guidelines-
   Send in sealed documents together—MS4D1
   Check your application status

Domestic students accepted for fall are allowed to enroll in
  summer classes. Students seeking F-1 visas begin programs in
  the fall (except FAST TRAIN).
              Immigration Documents
   A completed Certificate of Financial Responsibility signed by you and your sponsor.
    Your sponsor is the person(s) or organization who will pay for your educational
    expenses if the funds are not your own.
   A photocopy of a bank statement in your sponsor’s name, dated within the past 6
    months, indicating a valid account number, and demonstrating a sufficient minimum
    account balance.
       Credit card statements, business accounts, property value documents, solvency
          statements, statements of income, and insurance policies may not be submitted as
          sources of financial verification.
   A photocopy of the identification page of your passport.

   Students must go to the U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for F-1 or J-1 visa
    Remember to Update Your Info
o If you were previously a Mason Student your information
may be under a previous name
o Visit
       for form and required documentation
o Email with your new address and contact

*We cannot discuss your application with anyone else
 without written consent from you.
     How Do You Get Admitted?
   Your application will       A minimum 3.0 GPA in the
    be evaluated using the       last 60 credit hours of
                                 bachelor’s degree
    following standards:        Passing TOEFL/IELTS score
                                Praxis I composite score of at
                                 least 532 or
                                 SAT/ACT/VCLA plus math
                                Strong letters of
                                Endorsement requirements
                                 fulfilled (ELED,SEC,FLL)
                                Interview and writing sample
                                 if required.
   E-mail acknowledgment (must provide e-mail address)
      Self managed process

   Lacking letter
      Sent once application is processed, if incomplete

   Decision letter
      Sent via postal mail 2-4 wks after interviews (POM)

    G number—Mason ID
              What is the Cost?
Student Accounts:
   Tuition rates are set in May by the Board of Visitors .

Students with F-1 or J-1 visas are out-of-state. All other applicants
should submit an in-state tuition application for consideration.
Your status will be determined based on the information provided
in this form. Some international students may be legally capable of
establishing domicile while present in the United States. A list of
visa categories which are eligible for in-state tuition rates are
contained in the Virginia Domicile Guidelines:

   General financial aid information for international
    applicants can be found at:

   For information about doctoral fellowships, please
    contact the PhD Program Office Manager at (703) 993-

   The application for assistantships can be found at:
FAQ: What if You Miss the Deadline?

   Domestic students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents)
    presenting international credentials may take a class or two as a
    non-degree student. Candidates requesting a student visa (F-1 or
    J-1) are not eligible for this status.
   Questions regarding class registration eligibility should be
    directed to the program office manager.
   There are restrictions on how many classes can transfer into
    degree and certificate programs
   Students should only be in non-degree status for one semester.
    Tel: 703.993.2400
Phase 3: Student
   Print the new student welcome letter

   Activate your student record:
      Provisional- return signed contract

      Full admit-

   Students with a F-1 or J-1 visa must register as a full-
    time graduate student (9 credits)
   Contact your advisor
International New Student Orientation

   Our International Programs and Services
    Office conducts a mandatory international
    student orientation every August:

   Information will be sent with your immigration
   CEHD Admissions:
   OASA: 703-993-2080 (once enrolled)
   Financial Aid: 703-993-2353

         College of Education and Human Development
                    George Mason University
                4400 University Drive, MS 4D1
                      Fairfax, VA 22030

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