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International Applicants

Emperor’s College is very fortunate to have a culturally diverse student body in both its doctoral and master’s degree programs of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The myriad of backgrounds brings life to campus and rewards each student with a strong community of like-minded individuals from which to draw.


English Language Competency

All courses are taught in English. English language competency is required of all students seeking admission to the program. This must be demonstrated by one of the following means:

1)      The student must have completed four years at a US high school demonstrably delivered in English.

2)      The student must have completed high school or a two-year (60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits) baccalaureate – or graduate-level, English-based education in an institution: a) accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, or b) in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada (Except Quebec), New Zealand, Ireland, and other eligible countries determined by ACAHM. In all cases, English must have been both the language of instruction and the language of the curriculum used;

3)      Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) total score 61. Emperor’s College TOEFL code is 8409.

4)      International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score 6.

Contact Admissions for other acceptable options that will satisfy English Requirement Proficiency.

All students matriculating must demonstrate English language competency as a condition of admission.


Apply as an International Doctoral Fellow

International applicants who wish to be considered for admission to the doctoral program must complete the following:

  • Application packet
  • Official academic transcripts translated into English
  • A comprehensive course-by-course evaluation of all foreign academic transcripts performed by an academic credential evaluation service that is a member of NACES
  • Demonstration of English proficiency as outlined above.
  • An I-20 request form with a photocopy of your passport
  • Evidence of financial resources sufficient to complete the academic program. (Please contact the Admissions Director for more information about sufficient financial resources)
  • Foreign students are expected to comply with all regulations of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in addition to the regulations of Emperor’s College.
  • Emperor’s College cannot offer legal assistance to anyone attempting to change visa status.



Foreign Transcripts

In addition to providing translated versions of official academic transcripts to Emperor’s College, applicants must have all foreign academic transcripts evaluated by a NACES-member credential evaluation service. Here are four credential evaluation services for your consideration. We encourage you to look into each and see which works best for your circumstances.

WES (World Education Services)

IERF (International Education Research Foundation)

A2Z Evaluations

GCE (Global Credential Evaluators)

In addition to the official evaluation, you will need 2-4 copies of your official transcripts from your foreign university (as outlined below). For some countries/schools, the process of requesting official transcripts can be quite difficult, so we try to make sure students with an international academic background are made aware of this ahead of time and can prepare accordingly.

Resources and References

A Guide for International Visitors. (2007). [ebook] Washington DC: U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Available at: https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/WelcomeToTheUS.pdf [Accessed 5 Jan. 2018].

Travel.state.gov. (2018). Student Visa. [online] Available at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/student-visa.html [Accessed 5 Jan. 2018].

Opportunity for All

Emperor’s College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students who meet our general admissions requirements and to comply with all federal guidelines under the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.