Guidance for International Students

The Freeman School prides itself on being a diverse community with students, faculty and staff from around the world. We hope to welcome you into our community and will support you each step of the way.

Throughout the admissions process, your admission counselor is available to answer any questions, and our graduate programs team will support you as a student. In addition, Tulane's Office of International Student Support offers a variety of resources to help you transition to life at Tulane and to thrive while you're here.

Shreya Jhajharia (MBA/MHA '26) and her Freeman Experience

Shreya Jhajharia, a first-year MBA student at Tulane's Freeman School of Business, describes her experience in the full-time MBA program. From day one, she felt that Freeman embraces diversity, and her professors knew everyone's names. She also enjoys the art and culture in New Orleans, which she says is "a city like no other".


All applicants must submit a completed application along with required materials. International applicants must also submit the following items:

*If the primary language of your university or college program was English, you may qualify for a waiver from the English Proficiency test requirement.

Application Deadlines

Admitted Students

Congratulations on your admission to Tulane! You might be thinking, now what?

First, you need to decide if you want to accept your offer of admission. If you choose to accept, you will need to complete your enrollment deposit. Your enrollment deposit holds your seat in the class, and it will be credited to your first semester tuition bill. Because you are an international student, you will need to submit the following in addition to your deposit:

  • Affidavit of Support
  • Certified Bank Statement
  • Permanent Address outside of the U.S.
  • Permanent Phone Number outside of the U.S.

Once these items are submitted, we can begin processing your I-20.

Read more about the processes for newly admitted international students on the OISS web site.

If you are transferring from another university outside the U.S., read more about requirements for international transfer students.


Funding Opportunities for International Students

Unfortunately, financial assistance for international students is extremely limited. While international students are generally fully eligible for all merit scholarship opportunities offered by Tulane, international students are ineligible for the various types of federal student aid resources offered by the U.S. Department of Education. A student must be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen to receive U.S. federal student aid. Review Federal Student Aid Guidelines for more details.

Loan options are available for international students through private/alternative educational loans which allow application if (with few exceptions) the international student obtains a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident co-signer. The co-signer must supply a U.S. social security number, have a satisfactory credit history, and demonstrate sufficient current income to repay credit obligations (including the educational loan). The student applicant also should provide a U.S. social security number if possible. With a creditworthy co-signer, a student can borrow up to the Cost of Attendance. Tulane determines the borrower's maximum loan eligibility based on the Cost of Attendance for the academic year associated with the loan, less any other financial aid received. The interest rates are variable. For more details on these education loans please visit the Non-Federal Private Alternative Loan section of our website.

Visit Tulane's financial aid web page for international students

Current Students

Find help with navigating student life in the links below.


F-1 VISA vs. J-1 VISA




  • J-1 visas are generally used for students enrolled in educational exchange programs including Fulbright, LASPAU, DAAD, AmidEast, and others.
  • Learn more about the J-1 visa.
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