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 transcripts@sans.edu.

For detailed application instructions and mailing information visit:
Undergraduate Admissions
Graduate 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 graduate courses require long-form papers - written and graded in English - as well as oral presentations. 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 - TOEFL or IELTS. Your TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years.

Test Type

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.

Minimum Score: 100

Schedule Your TOEFL Test

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. Students should take the Academic version of the IELTS exam.

Minimum Score:

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Funding Options for Canadian Students

All SANS.edu 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 info@sans.edu 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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