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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). We will accept the at-home version of either the TOEFL or IELTS. Please contact Admissions Services if you have questions about acceptable test scores.


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:

  • a student has completed a four-year degree from an accredited U.S. institution (student must have completed all four years in the US)
  • a student is from a country listed on our quick reference list


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 Your application will not be reviewed until all materials are received and may be withdrawn if still incomplete after the application deadline.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.

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

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.

*If evaluations are completed on unofficial documents we will require official documents to be submitted prior to matriculation.

We prefer evaluations to be submitted from the following agencies: 


Educational Perspectives

Foundation for International Services

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.