Visa regulations can be quite complex, and it is your responsibility to be aware of the regulations. Carnegie Mellon University provides a Foreign Student Advisor to assist applicants in visa matters, and we strongly recommend international applicants to use this service. Should you need to contact the Foreign Student Advisor, the address and phone number are listed below:
Jennifer McNabb - Foreign Student & Scholar Advisor
Office of International Education
Carnegie Mellon University
Warner Hall-3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
The United States' visa granting authority in the country of origin, ordinarily the United States Embassy, requires proof that sufficient funds are available to a student to cover both years of study before he/she is granted either the student visa (F-1) or an exchange visa (J-1).
Certification of Financial Resources
Financial resources should equal the total costs of living expenses and tuition for two years. As an applicant from a foreign country, you must submit three forms certifying their resources, indicating the source(s) of funds to be used during study at Carnegie Mellon. These are forms entitled:
- Financial Statement
- Affidavit of Support
- Graduate Student Information Form
You are required to complete these forms if you are offered admission; however you may select to submit them with your application if you would prefer.
Please note that you must also submit the appropriate documentation described on the Affidavit of Support to verify:
- the resources listed on the forms
- your and/or your sponsor's ability to provide the stated financial support.
If you are NOT company sponsored, an official certified bank statement must be submitted DETAILING your and/or your sponsor's financial resources. If you are admitted, these forms will be used to verify the source(s) of funds. Proper documentation is necessary for the school to issue the I-20 form needed to obtain a student visa.
Proficiency in English
Non-native English speakers must be skilled and confident when speaking, listening, reading and writing in English to ensure that they can participate fully in our learning environment.
- have a fluent command of rapid, idiomatic English
- be able to express their thoughts clearly in speech
- be able to express their thoughts clearly in writing
Applicants who are not citizens of English speaking countries, or who did not receive a degree from an institution where the language of instruction was English, must prove their proficiency in English by submitting one of the following tests with their application:
- TOEFL: All scores must also be forwarded to Carnegie Mellon by ETS. Use institutional code 2074 and departmental code 02. Any questions about the TOEFL should be directed to ETS.
Select Carnegie Mellon and the Tepper School of Business to have your IELTS scores
sent to us.