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International Applicants

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The Bloomberg School takes pride in its diverse student population and welcomes the opportunity to work with students from around the world.

This page is dedicated to our international applicants, as well as those who have studied at international institutions. In addition to the application requirements listed elsewhere, international applicants may have to submit additional documentation. Here applicants may find details regarding:

English Language Proficiency Tests

Most applicants from countries where English is not the official language must submit scores of an English language proficiency test.

To fulfill this requirement, the Bloomberg School will accept scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). See below for information on the new English proficiency testing option for applicants affected by test cancellations.


ETS institution code for SOPHAS applicants is 5688. MYBest Scores will not be accepted. If applicants test more than once, they are encouraged to submit all test results.

Minimum Scores

  • iBT: 100


All applicants submit IELTS scores directly to the Bloomberg School's Admission Services. A copy of your score report may be emailed to

Minimum Score - 7

TOEFL/IELTS Exceptions

Admissions will waive this requirement for degree applicants only if:

New English Proficiency Testing Option for Applicants Affected by Test Cancellations

Due to the cancellation of TOEFL and IELTS tests in various locations, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has identified an alternative English proficiency assessment called the “J-Check test,” which can be taken anywhere you have access to a PC desktop or laptop computer with an internet connection, webcam, and microphone. While we prefer the TOEFL or IELTS, we will accept the J-Check test as an alternative for applicants affected by test cancellations. If you already have TOEFL or IELTS test results please submit those and do not take the J-check test. Our preferred minimum score on the J-Check test is 4.5 out of 6.0.

Follow the instructions below to complete the J-Check test:

1. Go to
2. Purchase a J-Check test ID and password. The fee is $99 and you will have your test ID and password e-mailed to you within 48 hours.
3. Once you have your ID and password you will log-in and have the opportunity to take a free practice test before proceeding to the official J-Check test. The test must be taken on a PC desktop or laptop computer with internet access, a microphone and an activated webcam. It cannot be taken on a MAC computer or on a tablet or smartphone. Technical requirements are provided on the J-Check website:
4. You will receive a copy of your results by e-mail and official test results are sent to Johns Hopkins University within 24-48 hours. It may take an additional business day for the score to show as received on your application checklist.


Be aware of application deadlines. If you're required to take an English language proficiency test, please make sure you do so well before your application is due. Your application will not be reviewed until all materials are received and may be withdrawn if still incomplete after the application deadline.

International Academic Records

Regardless of citizenship, language or home country, if you attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States, you must have your academic records evaluated by the World Education Services, Inc (WES). It is required that all post-secondary work from outside the U.S. or English-speaking Canada is evaluated. When selecting the type of evaluation, please select the WES iCAP Course by Course Evaluation. (Canadian WES evaluations will not be accepted.) This type of evaluation is required by SOPHAS and the School of Public Health. SOPHAS strongly encourages applicants to first create the SOPHAS application. Once you have your 10 digit SOPHAS ID, you are able to use the WES-SOPHAS application form.

COVID-19 Pandemic Update: Admissions Services is committed to working with applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. As credentialing agencies continue to be affected, JHSPH will accept any NACES approved agency course-by-course evaluation with copies of the academic records and transcripts. The course by course evaluations allow applicant reviewers to properly understand your academic success and original transcripts confirm authenticity of the applicant's degree. Therefore, JHSPH will continue to require credential evaluations review course-by-course and include academic records and transcripts in the completed evaluation. All credential evaluations need to be sent electronically to our office at as the physical office location is closed.

As of March 25, 2020, Educational Perspectives and FIS remain open and are recommended agencies. Should any problems arise while obtaining the course by course credential evaluations, please contact the Admissions Services office.

WES also offers a 10% discount for students having records evaluated for the SOPHAS application.

Admissions Services will accept evaluations from other credentialing agencies with prior approval from our office. Should any problems arise while obtaining the course by course credential evaluations, please contact the Admissions Services office.

Records from English-speaking Canada

If you received a degree from a college or university in English-speaking Canada, please have your institution submit transcripts directly to SOPHAS.


Be aware of application deadlines. If you're required to have your academic records evaluated, we strongly encourage you to start this process as early as possible. It can be a lengthy process and our programs WILL NOT review your application without evaluated international academic records. Credentials evaluations, as with all application requirements, are due by the application deadline.

Student Visas

All admitted international degree students who plan to attend the Bloomberg School are required to attend in F-1 or J-1 status (unless you are already in possession of an immigration status in which studying is permissible). This process will not begin until you are formally admitted.

The Office of International Services will contact admitted international degree students who have completed their enrollment form in the spring. Additional instructions will be provided then.

Certificate programs do NOT qualify for visa sponsorship. Most international students are advised to consider certificate programs that can be completed online from their country of residence. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the US and in a status that allows for study may be eligible to pursue a certificate program in person at the Bloomberg School.