Sep 27, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog | Expires Aug. 2030 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog | Expires Aug. 2030

International Student Admission

The University is authorized under federal law to enroll international students. A prospective student should write to the Director of International Programs, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan 48710-0001; or, E-mail Instructions and application materials will be sent, and must be returned to the Office of International Programs. The application and additional information is available at When the application is approved, an I-20 certificate will be mailed. Prospective students should not make plans to leave their country before receiving this certificate and obtaining a student visa from a U.S. consular office.

Prospective international students must present a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS score, or successfully complete SVSU’s English Language Program before beginning a degree program. Conditional admission is available for students meeting all requirements except for the English language requirement.

Tuition and fees for international students are the same as for U.S. students claiming residency in a state other than Michigan.

English Language Program

Saginaw Valley State University offers full-time, intensive English language training for students who need to improve their English language ability. English Language Program (ELP) courses include:

  • Preparation for study at SVSU or other colleges and universities.
  • Preparation for the TOEFL exam.
  • General use of written and spoken English.
  • Academic advisement (information about studying in the U.S.)
  • Orientation to U.S. culture and university life.

For information, contact the Office of International Programs, 160 Wickes Hall, at (989) 964-4473 (phone), (989) 964-6066 (fax), or send E-mail to