FAQs – Students with Educational Background from Abroad

University of Phoenix accepts transfer coursework or credits from recognized post-secondary institutions from all over the world, in accordance with our transfer policies. Undergraduate students also have the possible option of earning college credit through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). With PLA, students can earn credits for professional trainings or certifications which may apply toward your general education or elective undergraduate degree requirements.

No, you do not. Our Enrollment Representatives will help to facilitate the evaluation process either through the Office of Admissions and Evaluation at the university, or through one of the professional and reputable evaluation companies we have partnered with.

If your transcripts were evaluated by an approved University of Phoenix evaluation firm and the evaluation was completed within one year of your application, it can be considered for admissions purposes. Please note that in most cases you will still be required to submit an official copy of your academic credentials for verification purposes.

If you don’t have appropriate previous academic experience in an English language environment you may be required to take an English proficiency exam for admissions. We’ve simplified this process by partnering with Berlitz™ to create and support an English language proficiency exam that can be taken completely online with results available immediately upon completion.

Applicants that have completed high school outside the U.S., in a country where English is not the official language, can meet the English Proficiency admission requirement by passing one of the following examinations within two years prior to enrolling in University of Phoenix courses:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
    • Achieved a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test (cBT),
    • Achieved a minimum score of 79 on the internet-based test (iBT),
  • Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC)
    • Achieved a minimum score of 750
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Achieved a minimum passing score of 6.5
  • Berlitz Online English Proficiency Exam
    • Achieved a minimum score of 69
  • Pearson Test of English Academic Exam
    • Achieved a minimum score of 59

An exception to English Proficiency requirements may be granted in the following cases:

  • The applicant has successfully completed the equivalent of thirty (30) transferable, academic semester credits at a recognized college or university in a country in which English is the official language.
  • The applicant has successfully completed the equivalent of thirty (30) transferable, academic semester credits at a recognized institution where English is the sole medium of instruction.
  • The applicant has successfully completed thirty (30) transferable, academic semester credits at a regionally or nationally accredited college or university in the United States.

Yes, through national testing programs such as Berlitz™ and CLEP, you may be eligible to take a language based examination for credit towards undergraduate degree requirements. These tests are available in a multitude of languages and depending on your test scores, may allow you to earn additional college credits that can be applied towards an associate or bachelor level degree program. Contact your Enrollment Representative for additional information regarding this process.

No. Eligible Non-U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent resident card holders pay the same price for tuition as students who are U.S. citizens.

University of Phoenix is known throughout the world for providing high quality, workforce relevant higher education to working adults. University of Phoenix, with its over 30 year history and proven commitment to student excellence, has grown to be the largest private university in the United States.

That depends on the employer. In today’s changing educational environment, many more universities, even traditional ground universities are offering more and more classes online. In fact, many employers are helping their staff to attain degrees online or on-campus.

University of Phoenix has forged alliances with hundreds of companies worldwide that pay for their employees to take courses with the University online and on-campus. Students may consult their Human Resources department to see if your employer offers this type of benefit to employees.

Talk to representatives of the field you would like to go into for an idea of what types of education are accepted in your country or wherever you anticipate working.

When you choose to attend the University of Phoenix, you’re committing to a high quality educational experience whether you choose to attend classes online or at one of our campus locations across the United States.

While the content and curriculum are the same, online learning offers students a unique convenience and flexibility that is not found in traditional campus based learning environments. Students who choose to attend courses online use the same curriculum and have the same course work requirements as their counterparts at ground campuses.

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