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International Profile

The academic and social environment at Southern Connecticut State University encourages students to discover who they are, what they want to be, and how to realize their dreams.

Student success is Southern’s highest priority
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, this public university offers 117 undergraduate and graduate programs, unique research opportunities, access to fascinating internships, a vibrant campus, and a commitment to preparing strong leaders.

Our nationally renowned faculty in our five schools—Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Graduate Studies, and Health and Human Services—challenge you to meet high standards of academic rigor and integrity.

You will discover that Southern is a community of students and faculty, administrators and staff, all dedicated to providing the knowledge and opportunities you need to succeed as a student, grow as an individual, and develop as a professional. When we talk about “higher education” at Southern, we mean education in all of its forms: academic and personal, theoretical and practical, professional and emotional. We are committed to educating the complete person: the person who wants a career and a life.

Southern continues its development as a thoroughly modern campus, with a new School of Business and an expanded library and brand-new science building in progress. Southern’s ongoing expansion of its science programs has been greatly enhanced with the opening of the 103,608-sq. ft., four-level academic science and laboratory building. Situated adjacent to Jennings Hall, the current home for the sciences, the new building will enhance the ongoing expansion of Southern’s science programs and the University’s capacity to educate more students in the STEM disciplines—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Office of International Education
The Office of International Education (OIE) serves inbound international students (degree-seeking and short-term exchange) as well as outbound students interested in studying either abroad or at a partner institution in the United States. We also serve Southern faculty members interested in establishing programs abroad and members of the Southern community interested in participating in a Fulbright Program.

Our current international students come from all over the world, including countries such as Venezuela, Canada, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Nigeria, Spain, India, Bermuda, Korea, Belarus, and the Netherlands, and we are excited these numbers are on the rise! Our staff members are committed to facilitating as smooth a transition as possible for international students.

Sustainable Southern
Southern Connecticut State University is listed in The Princeton Review’s 2014 Guide to the 322 Greenest Colleges. Southern’s commitment to sustainability is evident through campus-wide waste reduction and recycling, water and other resource conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable electricity generation.

Southern’s Office of Sustainability connects students, faculty, and staff with the information, people, and tools they need to make our campus more sustainable. We are committed to engaging everyone to make healthy and environmentally conscious decisions in all aspects of campus life.

A student-centered university
Southern understands the tremendous power of education and its ability to transform lives. The campus has a vibrant, culturally rich, and ethnically diverse environment. The faculty and staff are a talented, dedicated group of people whose first priority is to educate and assist students. Southern students are inspired by the research, scholarship, and creative activity of our professors.

As a student-centered institution, Southern views student success as its highest priority. In addition to its extensive academic offerings, Southern offers a wide array of academic support services to strengthen and enrich the classroom experience and meet academic and career goals.

Student life
One of the great things about Southern is the energy on campus. Southern offers a wide range of services and programs for students to motivate and enrich their learning and contribute to their individual growth. Recognizing that much learning occurs beyond the physical boundaries of the classroom, we dedicate ourselves to maximizing the fullest potential of both the individual and the campus community.

Students who balance their academic work with cocurricular activities are more inclined to achieve success in academic and other pursuits, create opportunities for personal development, and are better prepared for life after graduation. Southern’s many campus clubs and organizations provide rich educational, social, leadership, and cultural opportunities both on and off campus. Cultural events are planned through the Office of International Education. We also offer 19 highly competitive NCAA Division II men’s and women’s athletic teams.
Achieving successful outcomes
Completing a degree program and preparing for today’s job market require students to be well prepared, creative, and able to use a variety of programs and services to develop necessary skills.

Beginning with freshman year, students are matched with a faculty advisor. Southern’s Academic and Career Advising Center works with students to help envision the connection between present academic experience and future plans. Our goal is to broaden students’ perspectives with respect to their career choices.

From study abroad and advanced research opportunities to service learning and internships, Southern students have outstanding experiences and great preparation for careers.

We invite you to visit our vibrant campus to see firsthand how Southern can shape your future and then to join us in pursuing your educational dreams.



New Haven, Connecticut, is a multicultural city just 90 minutes from New York City and fewer than three hours from Boston. As an extension of the classroom, the city of New Haven is a vibrant center for arts, culture, history, and entertainment. The city is home to five colleges and universities, so you’ll find yourself immersed in a dynamic college experience.


Type of university: Four-year public university

Size of Campus: 168 acres

Number of Students: 10,825 undergraduate and graduate students; over 2,600 students living on campus

Number of Faculty: 439 full-time faculty, 82% of whom hold the doctorate or appropriate terminal degree in their field, and 593 part-time faculty members, many of whom are practitioners in their fields

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees: Five schools—the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Health and Human Services, and the School of Graduate Studies­—offer more than 100 degree programs ranging from business to secondary education, biology to studio art, and communication disorders to history. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees are awarded, as well as graduate certificates, sixth-year professional diplomas, and doctoral degrees in educational leadership and nursing education.

Geographic Diversity: 37 states represented; top five are Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts; 26 foreign countries represented, including Germany, China, South Korea, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom

International Student Services: Office of International Education, career services, tutorial centers, orientation, People To People International Friendship Club, student clubs and activities

International Student Budget: (Per year)
Out-of-State Tuition and Fees*  $21,870
On-campus Housing and Meals* $11,345
Total* $33,215

Additional costs may be incurred, including books, supplies, medical insurance, and personal expenses for students living year-round in the New Haven area. Cost varies depending on which residence hall you are assigned.

* Estimated expenses for a full-time international undergraduate student residing on campus for the academic year, September through May 2015–2016

Test Score Requirements:
• GPA: Average grade equivalency for new incoming students is 2.7 on a 4.0 U.S. grading scale or what is equivalent to a letter grade of a B-.
• English proficiency minimum scores: TOEFL—72 iBT/525 paper; IELTS—6; certificate of completion from ELS Academic English Level 112; SAT: 900 (combined Critical Reading and Math only); ACT: Composite score of 19

Application Deadlines and Fees: Application fee is $50. Deadline for both first-year and transfer international students is May 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.