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International Applicants

Abraham Lincoln University welcomes students from around the globe. 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.

International Students

For students who are traveling to the United States, Los Angeles and Southern California are a visitor’s paradise. With a 2015 population of more than 3.9 million people, L.A. is the largest city in the state and, after New York City, the second most populous city in the United States.

Los Angeles is the seat of Los Angeles County, one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. The entire Los Angeles area is recognized as the most ethnically diverse of the nation’s largest cities.

Applicants with International Degrees and Credentials for Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

ALU encourages applications from students around the world. No English language services, however, are offered. 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.

Submitting Academic Documentation

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 (www.naces.org) members are acceptable sources for foreign credential evaluation and translation services.

Verifying English Proficiency

International 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 MeasurementUndergraduate
MIN Score
Graduate MIN Score
TOEFL PBT (Paper Based Test)500530
TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test)6171
International English Language Test (IELT)6.06.5
Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report4450
College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series

Language Use: 85
Listening: 80
Reading: 85
Sentence Meaning: 90
Writeplacer: 4
Comprehensive: 350

Eiken English Proficiency Exam

Pre-1

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+ GPA30 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+ GPA30 semester credit hours at 3.0+ GPA

For the J.d. program a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test (TOEFL PBT) or 80 on the internet based test (TOEFL IBT), or its equivalent, for admittance into master’s and first professional degree programs.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – a score of 6.5 which indicates a competent usage of English.

Applicants with International Degrees and Credentials (J.D only)

ALU encourages applications from students around the world. No English language services, however, are offered. 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.

Submitting Academic Documentation

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.

The most updated list of these services can be found here on the State Bar of California’s website.

Social Security Exemption Form

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 here.

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