Admissions: International Student Requirements

Admissions:

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Admission to the SANS Technology Institute requires that applicants be fully fluent in professional, academic, and technical written and spoken English. Certain courses require long-form research papers - written and graded in English - as well as public oral presentations at SANS conferences. This level of academic rigor demands effective communication of often subtle and nuanced technical and non-technical topics.

To ensure a successful academic experience at the SANS Technology Institute, international applicants are required to demonstrate that they are proficient in the English language by submitting scores from either one of the two following standardized tests:

Test Type Minimum Score
Internet-based TOEFL - Applicants must attain a minimum score of 25 in each of the sub-categories (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) before applying to the SANS Technology Institute. Scores must be sent to us directly by the testing agency.
100
IELTS - Applicants must attain a minimum score of 7.5 in each of the IELTS sub-categories before applying to the SANS Technology Institute. IELTS scores must be sent to us directly by the testing agency.
7.5

*Your TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years.

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Exceptions and Additional Documents

SANS Technology Institute reserves the right to make exceptions on an individual basis and to require additional testing of any incoming international student's English language skills. For admission into our Master's program, candidates are required to submit two essays. These essays will be evaluated in addition to the TOEFL or IELTS test scores.

International students who are non-native English speakers but who have completed a full undergraduate or advanced degree program at a university where the language of instruction is English may request an exception to our English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Secondary Credentials for International Applicants

Students who completed their undergraduate degree or a prior advanced degree outside of the United States must submit transcripts for evaluation to World Education Services (WES) before completing their SANS application package.

Transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions sealed in the original envelope provided by your institution. Transcripts submitted via e-mail or fax are NOT accepted.

For detailed application instructions and mailing information visit:
Graduate Certificate Admissions
Master's Program Admissions

Student Visas

The SANS Technology Institute is a non-residential program. At this time, we do not issue I-20's or support F-1 student visas. Our certificate programs can be completed fully at a distance. The Master's program is completed through both in-person and distance-learning modalities.