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International Students: How to Apply

International Students: How to Apply


An international student at Hanover College is a student who will need an F-1 Visa to enter the United States to pursue their studies at Hanover College. There are two types of application processes for international students at Hanover College:

  • First Time International Student: A student who has never studied in the United States before at a postsecondary level. This includes students currently studying at a university in another country. 
  • Transfer International Student: A student currently studying at another United States University or College that plans to transfer to Hanover College. 



Your application for admission to Hanover will be considered when the following items have been received, along with your $50 USD (non-refundable) application fee:

  • Complete application for admission on Hanover’s website on or after August 1, or via the Common App on or after August 1. (Required)
  • Transcripts: original or certified/attested true copies of transcripts in English from the applicant’s secondary school and any college or university attended outside of the United States must be submitted and are preferred submitted with a course-by-course evaluation. We recommend submitting records to SpanTran for an affordable and accurate evaluation. (Required)
  • Copy of Passport Information Page. (Required)
  • English Proficiency Test Score, any of the items below will be accepted: (Required)

Accepted English Proficiency Tests

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    Hanover’s school code is 1290. For registration information, please visit the TOEFL website at www.toefl.org
    • Minimum score: 80
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
    IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. For more information on IELTS visit www.ielts.org
    • Minimum score: 6.5
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
    Hanover’s school code is 1290. For more information on the SAT visit www.collegeboard.com
    • Minimum score: 1050 (Reading/Writing 550)
  • American College Test (ACT)
    Hanover’s school code is 1200. For more information on the ACT visit www.act.org
    • Minimum score: 20
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Test (ACTFL)
    For more information regarding the ACTFL, visit https://tep.languagetesting.com/for-test-takers/
    • Minimum score: Intermediate High (IH) to Advanced Low (AL)
  • Global Test of English Communication (GTEC)
    For more information regarding the GTEC, visit: https://gteccbt.com/user/login/
    • Minimum score: 336-340
  • Pearson Test of English Academic or Pearson Test of English Online (PTE)
    For more information regarding the PTE, visit: https://pearsonpte.com/
    • Minimum score: 58
  • Duolingo English Test (DET)
    For more information regarding the DET, visit: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/
    • Minimum score: 110
  • International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP)
    For more information regarding the iTEP, visit www.itepexam.com
    • Minimum score: 4.0
  • The Oxford Tutorial College Certificate (TCC)
    For more information regarding the TCC, visit www.oxfordtcc.co.uk
    • Minimum score: Level C1, B2 with interview

English Proficiency Waiver Eligibility

First, determine if you are eligible, then apply for a waiver using the link below.

You are eligible for an English Proficiency Waiver if you are from one of the following countries/territories: 

  • Australia 
  • Belize 
  • Cameroon 
  • Cyprus 
  • England 
  • Gambia
  • Ghana 
  • Guyana 
  • Ireland 
  • Jamaica 
  • Kenya 
  • Liberia 
  • Malawi 
  • Nigeria 
  • Northern Ireland 
  • Rwanda 
  • Scotland 
  • Sierra Leone 
  • South Africa 
  • Tanzania 
  • Uganda 
  • Zambia 
  • Zimbabwe 

Apply for an English Proficiency Test Waiver Here

If granted a waiver, you must submit the following 2 items in place of an English Proficiency Test: 

  • A 250-word typed essay/personal statement,
    • The prompt is a free-write, meaning you can pick the topic, but usually students write about what they are interested in studying and why they wish to study at Hanover College. 
  • An endorsement from the Director/Principal/Counselor of your school verifying that the medium of education at the school was English. 


  • Personal Statement.
  • Letter of recommendation from a current teacher or instructor.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full.

  • October 1: Winter/Spring deadline for Application and Materials
  • November 1: Winter/Spring deadline for Accepting Offers, Enrollment Deposit
  • June 1: Fall deadline for Application and Materials
  • July 1: Fall deadline for Accepting Offers, Enrollment Deposit
  • August 1: Deadline to Communicate Immigration Details


Merit Scholarships

All admitted international students will receive a $32,000 USD scholarship, called the HAQ Scholarship, renewable for four years.

Proof of Financial Ability

Prospective students applying for an F-1 visa are required to submit evidence of financial ability to Hanover College prior to the issuance of a Form I-20 or other immigration documents. This evidence must show that the applicant and/or sponsor has sufficient funding to cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for the entirety of their first year of studies. 

  • Proof of Financial Ability is only required for admitted international students. 
  • Proof of Financial Ability is indicated by submitted the Hanover College Statement of Financial Support Form (provided to applicants following admission)
  • Current academic year costs can be found here. 


For more information, email international@hanover.edu or
connect with the international admission counselor.

Wilda Knecht, international admission counselor

Wilda Knecht ’17

Assistant Director of International Student Services