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International Students & Scholars

Loma Linda University is proud of its involvement in international education. The University has traditionally trained students to serve throughout the world which, in return, brings in a relatively high percentage of international students. International students comprise between 18 and 22 percent of the student population from 80 to 90 countries worldwide. This diversity of cultural perspectives enriches the University in many ways.

International students interested in Loma Linda University need to be aware of the admissions requirements to gain acceptance into one of the more than 150 program offerings. Acceptance into a program is based upon evidence of the academic qualifications, proficiency in English (both written and spoken), personal character, health, and financial responsibility.

Academic Qualifications

Each of Loma Linda University's eight schools evaluates the academic qualifications of individual applicants. Every effort is made to maximize the educational experience of international students during their time at Loma Linda University. In order to accomplish this, you must apply online and arrange for complete official transcripts, diplomas and/or certificates are needed to verify an applicant's educational background and qualifications. These documents, acquired from each educational institution attended by the applicant, must be sent directly to a credential evaluation service in the U.S. The credential evaluation service should be instructed to forward their evaluations to Loma Linda University records office at the following address:

University Records
Loma Linda University
11139 Anderson Street
Loma Linda, CA 92350-0001

English Proficiency

Courses at Loma Linda University are taught in English and both written, and spoken English proficiency are necessary. Lectures are often delivered at a rapid rate and note taking is expected. Term papers, theses and exams are expected to be written in clear and correct English. Therefore, it is necessary for an international student to possess a high level of English proficiency. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 213, on the computer-based exam, is generally required, though higher scores are more desirable.

Applicants must meet the specific program admission requirements for English proficiency before a student visa application (I-20 or DS-2019) form will be issued. However, high English proficiency, alone, does not assure acceptance into a program.