Admissions: International Students

The SANS Technology Institute Welcomes International Students

We welcome students from all over the world who want to get the best college education in cybersecurity. All of our undergraduate and graduate programs can be completed online, in person, or by combining online classes with courses that begin with weeklong in-person events held across the United States and around the world.


Earn a U.S.-based Degree from Your Home

Cost, relocation, and obtaining a student visa are challenges international students face when trying to enroll in degree programs at traditional U.S. universities. At the SANS Technology Institute, you have the option of earning a U.S.-based degree or certificate entirely online, so you can prepare to launch or advance your cybersecurity career without ever leaving your home.


Secondary Credentials for International Applicants

Students who completed their undergraduate degree outside of the United States must submit transcripts for course-by-course evaluation to International Education Evaluations (IEE) or World Education Services (WES) before completing their SANS application package.

Transcripts must be received by the Office of Admissions directly from IEE or WES via e-mail to

For detailed application instructions and mailing information visit:
Undergraduate Admissions
Graduate Admissions

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants must be fully fluent in professional, academic, and technical written and spoken English to qualify for admission to the SANS Technology Institute. Certain graduate courses require long-form papers — written and graded in English — as well as oral presentations. Effective communication of often subtle and nuanced technical and non-technical topics are required for this level of academic rigor. International applicants are required to demonstrate that they are proficient in the English language. We accept the TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge English proficiency assessments with the following minimum score requirements. We do not accept Duolingo scores, TOEFL Essentials or any assessments not listed below. Test scores must be sent directly to us by the testing agency. Scores can be sent from the testing agency upon taking your exam, emailed to or physically mailed to: SANS Technology Institute 2093 Philadelphia Pike #4606 Claymont, DE 19703

Test Type


Applicants must attain a minimum score of 25 in each of the sub-categories (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) and a minimum overall score of 100. We are not able to offer exceptions to scores lower than our minimum.

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SANS Technology Institute’s DI Code is 6410.

IELTS - Applicants must attain a minimum score of 7.5 in each of the sub-categories (Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing) and a minimum overall score of 7.5. We are not able to offer exceptions to scores lower than our minimum.

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Cambridge English Assessment – Applicants must attain a minimum score of 191 in each sub-category and a minimum overall score of 191. We are not able to offer exceptions to scores lower than our minimum.

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Are there any exceptions to the English proficiency requirement?

The only exception to the English proficiency requirement is for students who have earned a degree from a college or university that taught their program in English. If you believe you qualify for this requirement, you can indicate a request for an exception on the English Proficiency Form (found on the checklist in the applicant portal). In order to verify your exception request, we will need official (and evaluated, if international) transcripts. Once we receive your request and transcripts, we will determine if you qualify for the exception.

What if I do not meet the minimum English proficiency scores?

To ensure a successful academic experience, we only accept students who have met our minimum English proficiency scores. We are not able to offer exceptions to scores lower than our minimum.


Funding Options for Canadian Students

All programs are eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), Alberta Student Aid, and Canadian veterans’ education benefits.

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Take Your Next Step

Need more information? We’re happy to answer your questions. Join us for an info session, email or call 301.241.7665.

Ready to apply? We look forward to learning about you and your cybersecurity career goals.

Additional Information


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