Abraham Lincoln University welcomes students from around the globe, doing what we can to provide distance learning for international students the world over. ALU offers an array of online degree and diploma programs for students who are continuing their education at the postsecondary level. The university provides a dynamic, technology-based distance education environment to engage students in a rich, multimedia learning experience.
Mobile students with sufficient Internet access may enroll and study virtually at any time from nearly any location in the world. ALU proudly counts itself as one of the many reputable universities that accept international students in California.
For international students applying to American universities, Los Angeles and Southern California are a visitor’s paradise. The population was found to be more than 3.9 million people in the 2015 Census. L.A. is the largest city in the state and, after New York City, the second most populous city in the country. Los Angeles County is recognized as the most cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse of the nation’s largest cities.
ALU encourages applications from international students. No English language services are offered, however. No I-20 services are provided since ALU is a distance learning institution and requires no resident or physical classroom attendance.
Applicants who speak English as a second language or who have earned credits or degrees in a country other than the U.S. are required to provide additional documentation during the application and enrollment process.
International students must pay for a full academic year and all fees upon signing the enrollment agreement. For any questions, please contact our International Student Representatives:
Director of International Marketing
|Dr. Mohammad Shaheen|
Ambassador for Middle East Education
|PROGRAM / DEGREE||SEMESTER CREDIT (1)||SEMESTER CREDIT (3)||ANNUAL PROGRAM|
|CERTIFICATE (UNDERGRADUATE)||$375||$1,125||$5,625 – $9,000|
|CERTIFICATE (MASTER)||$525||$1,575||$9,450 – $12,600|
|DOCTORATE (excluding JD)||$675||$2,025||$40,500|
Students are required to have official copies of transcripts from secondary schools and colleges and universities that they have attended sent directly to ALU. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
Foreign Transcript Evaluation
Transcripts for comparable university-level courses completed in a country other than the United States must be evaluated by an outside credential evaluation company before they are submitted to ALU. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services members are acceptable sources for foreign credential evaluation and translation services.
Applicants whose native language is not English and have not completed their studies at an accredited U.S. college or university must submit evidence of English proficiency through one of the following sources:
|English Equivalency Measurement||Undergraduate|
|Graduate MIN Score||Juris Doctor MIN Score|
|TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test)||500||530||550|
|TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test)||61||71||80|
|International English Language Test (IELT)||6.0||6.5||6.5|
|Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report||44||50||N/A|
|College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series|
Language Use: 85
|Eiken English Proficiency Exam|
|Appropriately Accredited Institution recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council of Higher Educational Accreditation (CHEA)||30 semester credit hours at 2.0+ GPA||30 semester credit hours at 3.0+ GPA||30 semester credit hours at 3.0+ GPA|
|Accepted foreign equivalent listed in the International Handbook of Universities where the language of instruction was English.||30 semester credit hours at 2.0+ GPA||30 semester credit hours at 3.0+ GPA||30 semester credit hours at 3.0+ GPA|
Students are required to have official copies of transcripts from secondary schools and colleges and universities that they have attended sent directly to ALU. Foreign Transcript Evaluation: Transcripts for comparable university-level courses completed in a country other than the United States must be evaluated by an outside credential evaluation company that is approved by the California State Bar before they are submitted to ALU.
Applicants for admission are required to provide a social security number at the time they apply. Applicants who do not qualify for a social security number may request that they be exempted from the requirement by using the Social Security Exemption form.