International Students

International Students


The University welcomes applications from all international students. Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students with an F1 Student Visa. The term “International Student” refers to any student who is not a permanent resident or naturalized citizen of the United States. 
For admission consideration, international candidates must have their academic transcripts evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service. Effective January 1, 2014, the CDU approved foreign credential evaluation service providers include:

 All applicants to CDU degree and certificate programs who have foreign academic credentials must have their foreign credential evaluated for U.S. equivalency by one of the approved organizations listed above and have an official evaluation sent directly to CDU. Only those foreign credential evaluations received from these organizations will be accepted. The documents must be official and authentic and sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the foreign credential evaluation service.

CDU requires a course-to-course evaluation that lists all subjects/courses completed at the post-secondary level, a U.S. semester credit and grade equivalent for each course, a U.S. grade point average (GPA), the level of undergraduate courses designated as lower or upper division, and the degree awarded with the title and date conferred. 

Application Requirements 

International students must submit an admissions application, application fee, and all requisite supplemental application documents. For detailed application requirements, click on Apply Now.

Applicants whose native language is not English must present evidence of competency in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official TOEFL results must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

International students are ineligible for federal financial aid and are required to present proof of financial support by completing the Confidential Financial Statement and submitting it at the time of application for admission.

Visa Information and I-20 Forms 

In order to receive a certificate of eligibility to study in the U.S. (Form I-20), international candidates must submit a complete application packet to the Office of Admissions by the recommended deadline. The Office of Admissions accepts applications in accordance with the University’s policy regarding. Deadlines for Admissions and Financial Aid located at the following link:

Form I-20’s are issued only to those international candidates who are offered admission to an academic degree program and who intend to pursue full time studies to obtain their degrees (undergraduate or graduate). CDU will not issue a Form I-20 to any international student who does not meet admission and U.S. immigration requirements. Once issued a Form I-20, International Students must present the Form I-20 to a U.S. Embassy or Consulate when applying for a student F1 visa. Upon enrollment and/or during the registration process, the Office of Admissions will require International Students to present their I-94 Card, passport, the U.S. F1 Student Visa and any other immigration documents they hold at the time of enrollment. 

Prospective students who are determined to be "out of status" with immigration are not eligible for admission to CDU. Prospective students who currently have a visa other than an F-1 should consult the Office of Admissions to discuss their immigration status. Each visa category has restrictions on whether or not the visa holder can enroll at a university. Prospective students who have visas, passports or other immigration documents that are expired may need to seek services of an immigration attorney. CDU does not provide legal advice on immigration matters. 

For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at or 1-323-563-4839.