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International Student Requirements

Earn Your Degree from Anywhere in the World

All of Capella's courses are offered online, so you can earn your degree anywhere with Internet access. But at Capella, online never means alone. You'll enjoy comprehensive support — including academic advising, career counseling, and tutoring — from the comfort of your home, coffee shop, or military base, regardless of where in the world you may be.

With students hailing from all 50 U.S. states and 59 countries, you'll reap the benefits of immersing yourself in a multi-national community full of rich insights and diverse perspectives.

Email us, or call your enrollment counselor at 1.866.679.9682 for a step-by-step walkthrough of the admissions process along with all the details of your specific requirements.

  • US: 1.888.227.2736
  • CANADA: 1.866.734.5934
  • ALL OTHER: 1.612.339.8650

Who Is Considered an International Student?

If you live outside the U.S., or are not a U.S. citizen, you may be an international student. For admissions purposes, anyone who has completed their most recent degree or credential at an institution outside the U.S. is considered to be an international student.

Student Visas

Capella is an online university and does not issue I-20 Forms (US Department of Homeland Security Certificates of Eligibility for student visas), and therefore cannot fulfill requests for student visas.

Admission Requirements

International students must have attended an internationally recognized institution, be fluent in English as demonstrated by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or an equivalent test, and have transcripts evaluated and reviewed for eligibility. Additional admission requirements vary by program.

Learn more about Capella's admissions requirements for international students.

On-site requirements

Some of our programs require participation in clinical practicums or internships. If you enroll in one of these programs, you must be eligible to work and complete the practicum or internship in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Obtaining necessary authorization to participate at these sites is your responsibility. Some programs may require physical attendance at colloquia sites within the US. Check with an enrollment counselor at 1.866.679.9682 to learn more about the requirements of your program.


Professional licensure is a goal of many Capella students. Licensure requirements vary from place to place. It is each student's responsibility to understand the requirements pertaining to their country, state or region to ensure that their selected program meets those requirements.

Tuition and Financial Aid Options

Federal financial aid is available to U.S. citizens and eligible non-U.S. citizens. There are many ways to save both time and money on your degree, including employer reimbursements and scholarships.

Your enrollment counselor will walk you through the cost of your Capella degree and help you explore all of your available financing options.

For Canadian Students

Canadian students are responsible for determining their eligibility for Canadian Loans and Tax Credits. Capella courses may not meet certain requirements for Canadian loans and tax credits, including, but not limited to, the minimum week and continuous enrollment requirements.

The Canada Revenue Agency has an extensive library of relevant documents and information pertaining to Canadian loans, scholarships, grants, and tax credits. You can also obtain educational information by subject from Canada's Library and Archives, the Ontario Student Assistance Program, or scholarships for international study at International Scholarships.

Learn more by visiting our International Admissions page. You can always email us, or call an enrollment counselor at 1.866.679.9682. Refer to your program for detailed admission requirements.