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For International Students

LIU Hudson welcomes applications for admission from international applicants. If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you must apply to LIU Hudson as an "international student." The application process for admission to LIU Hudson is an opportunity to share information about yourself, including your academic preparation, English language proficiency, and your interest in studying in the United States.

International students should be advised, that the LIU Hudson campuses do not provide on campus accommodations (residence halls or apartments) for students. International students will have to arrange for living arrangements on their own.

Graduate Degrees from US institutions like LIU Hudson increase chances for obtaining H-1B Visas.

International Students interested in obtaining anH-1B Visa may increase their chances by earning a graduate degree. LIU Hudson offers an online MS degree in Industrial Pharmaceutics or Cosmetic Science.     

See the announcement below from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require petitioners seeking to file H-1B cap-subject petitions to first electronically register with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during a designated registration period.

This proposed change would increase the chances that beneficiaries with a master’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution of higher education would be selected under the H-1B cap and that H-1B visas would be awarded to the most-skilled and highest-paid beneficiaries.

Importantly, the proposed process would result in an estimated increase of up to 16 percent (or 5,340 workers) in the number of selected H-1B beneficiaries with a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution of higher education.

For more information about the LIU Hudson online MS in Pharmaceutics go here:

International Student Checklist

All International Students must submit the following materials to be considered for admittance into a Graduate Program at Long Island University:

  1. A $500.00 deposit towards your tuition.
  2. An Affidavit of Support or Original/Attested Bank Statement along with an Affidavit of Support Form* showing at least $23,000.00 in US Dollars for tuition for one academic year and an additional $13,373.00 in US Dollars for living expenses for one academic year. (A total of $36,474) We must receive an affidavit for the total amount of $36,474.00 in order for a I-20 visa to be issued.
  3. Official TOEFL score of 550 or better.
  4. A completed Long Island University Admission Application for International Students with the $50.00 non-refundable application fee.
  5. Professional Letters of Recommendation (2 for most programs).
  6. Official transcripts from all undergraduate schools attended, accompanied by official notarized English translations. Foreign Credentials need to be evaluated by one of the evaluation agencies listed below:

    * World Education Services, Inc. (
    PO Box 745 Old Chealsea Station, NY, NY 100113-0745

    * Globe Languages Services Evaluation Service
    319 Broadway, NY, NY 10007

    * Center for Applied Research, Evaluation & Education, Inc.
    PO Box 20348, Long Beach, California 90801

    * Education Credential Evaluators
    PO Box 17499, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217

  7. A typed essay explaining your primary purpose in undertaking advanced study.
  8. Copies of your immunization records for Measles, Mumps and Rubella and a completed Meningococcal form. Only students born before January 1, 1957 are exempt from the Measles, Mumps and Rubella form.
  9. A copy of your Social Security number (if you have one).

* Note: Affidavit of Support Forms can be downloaded from the Web site:

You will need a form known as an I-20 as well as a visa.You will need an I-20 in order to obtain a visa to the United States, which you must obtain from the U.S. embassy in your country.

Please be advised that in order for the Office of Admissions to process an I-20*, you must:

  1. Be accepted into a degree program
  2. Notify us of your decision to attend
  3. Send in your affidavit of support ($36,474.00)and an original bank statement
  4. Send in the $500.00 deposit towards your tuition

*Note: The I-20 will be mailed to the applicant's home country address if a J-1 Visa was submitted. The applicant must then obtain and submit a F-1 Visa to the RGC or WGC Admissions Office in order to register for classes.

It is also mandatory that you have a current Health Insurance Policy at the time of attendance in classes at Long Island University's Hudson Graduate Centers.