International Students

International students coming to Carnegie Mellon who aren't U.S. citizens or permanent residents may need to obtain an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from the Office of International Education (OIE). If you're already in the U.S. on F-1 status, and will be returning to your current school next fall, you don't need an I-20 from us. 

What is Carnegie Mellon's policy regarding TOEFL scores?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if your native language is not English. Carnegie Mellon requires TOEFL scores of 102 or better or an IELTS score of 7.5 and above. Carnegie Mellon carefully reviews the sub-scores of each of these exams and considers those candidates with reading, listening, speaking and writing sub-scores of 25 or more on TOEFL and 7.5 or more on IELTS to be candidates with high levels of English proficiency. Please arrange to have these scores sent no later than March 1st. Carnegie Mellon's TOEFL code is 2074.

Do I need an I-20?

If you'll be coming to the U.S. from overseas and will either:

  • return to your overseas high school/college
  • attend Carnegie Mellon or another school in the U.S. in the fall

You MUST complete the necessary paperwork to obtain an I-20. If you're admitted to the summer Pre-College program, the Office of International Education (OIE) will send you paperwork (an International Student Information Form and an Affidavit of Support Form) that you'll be required to complete to obtain an I-20. The Form I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Students who receive an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon must arrive on Thursday, June 27, 2019 in order to complete a mandatory immigration check-in on Friday, June 28, 2019 to maintain legal status in the U.S.  Admitted students will be sent more detailed instructions regarding this mandatory check-in. 

If you have any immigration questions, contact the Office of International Education (OIE) at:

T: 412-268-5231
F: 412-268-7832

Due to the lengthy process for obtaining international documentation we recommend that international students be mindful of the application deadline. Applying earlier will provide the time necessary to process information as quickly as possible for I-20 administration.