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We encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible. In order to apply to ECSU, click on "apply online":
Once you complete this application, you will also need to:

  • email a copy of your high school diploma along with the transcripts
  • a bank statement showing you have sufficient funds to attend ECSU
  • a copy of your passport\
  • a copy of your TOEFL scores verifying your English proficiency if you are coming from a non-English speaking country.

All these documents need to be translated in English.

Graduate students

The office of International Programs coordinates international student admissions. In order to be considered for admission, International applicants should submit the following items:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Overall undergraduate GPA equivalent to 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Application: International applicants may apply online but are also required to submit a paper application
  • Application fee
  • Transcripts: two official transcript, mark sheets, or document with official seals should be provided from each college or university that you have previously attended. The document should be provided in your native language of issue as well as an official, notarized or certified copy in English. ECSU participates in evaluating international transcripts through World Educational Services (WES).
  • Three letters of recommendation (check for specific program requirements)
  • English Proficiency. If English is not your native language and you have not completed at least one year of education at a United States School, you are required to take a standardized English Language exam. The university accepts either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and scores must be forwarded to the University by the testing service. An IBT TOEFL score of 20 on each section for a total minimum score of 80, 550 (paper-based), or 213 (computer-based), or IELTS score of 6.5 I recommended meeting the language exam requirement. Official reports of standardized admissions test results must be send directly to the university by the testing service (GRE or MAT, check for specific program requirements)
  • Health form
  • Financial information along with certified evidence of financial resources to cover educational costs and living expenses.

What is the benefit of studying in the U.S.?

  • If you study in the U.S., you will be able to experience new cultures and meet people from many different countries. In addition, you will be able to improve your English, the language most often used in medicine, business, and international communications.

What is the benefit of studying in Elizabeth City?

  • The Harbor Of Hospitality - Located where the narrows of the Pasquotank River open up and the river begins widening out on its course to the Albemarle Sound, Elizabeth City is the economic and commercial hub of the northeastern North Carolina mainland. Although it was founded in 1793, it did not take on economic importance until the Dismal Swamp Canal was completed in 1805. The Canal linked the sounds and rivers of northeastern North Carolina with the port of Norfolk, allowing area planters and lumber companies a safe and quick method of transporting their goods to market. Today, the Canal is a means of transportation for thousands of pleasure boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway, and Elizabeth City has become a favorite stop. The town's waterfront has experienced a revitalization that includes new docks and boat facilities, shops, and most recently, the Museum of the Albemarle's new facility. The Museum interprets over 400 years of local history and is a wonderful introduction to the heritage of the region. The book the 100 Best Small Towns in America by Nom Crampton lists Elizabeth City at 65th. The best scores went to towns that ranked lowest in crime and highest in these categories: growth, per-capita income, per capita bank deposits, proportion of young adult, number of physicians, public school expenditure per pupil and proportion of college-educated residents.
  •  As northeastern North Carolina's four-year institution of higher education, Elizabeth City State University has been an important academic and cultural center for the region. A constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system, ECSU is committed to fulfilling our mission of serving as a valuable resource for building the state's intellectual capital through teaching, research and community outreach.
  • Our students are exposed to exciting research opportunities that extend their learning beyond textbooks and classrooms. Learning is enhanced by innovative instructional and informational technology. Students may also take advantage of specialized academic support programs. Several of our academic and research initiatives such as the Drug Information Center afford students with opportunities for community service.
  • The university provides an academically rigorous, stimulating learning environment and a faculty committed to the education of each student. ECSU ranked second among Top Public Baccalaureate Colleges in the South and 11th among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the 2010 "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report.


Housing & Student Life

The university's residence halls offer convenient access to classes and great opportunities to make new friends. The department of Housing and Residence Life provides a living and learning environment for students. Ten residential buildings and one off-campus facility provide housing for 52% of the student body. Students living on campus participle in hall meetings and attend workshops coordinated by the Resident Managers and the student Assistant in each building. Some of the workshop topics include personal safety, solving roommate conflicts, and college drinking. Approximately 72 students receive residence life training each year to serve as desk assistant and resident life assistant in the resident halls.

Contact Person: Arvin Mullen, Housing and Residence Life (252) 335-3761

Student's organization & clubs

A variety of social, academic, and service organizations exist on campus to aid in the holistic development of ECSU students. Membership is open to all students who maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and who are officially enrolled in the university. With over 40 registered organizations such as the International Club. There should be one to meet your interest.

Costs, Scholarships, & Financial Aid

These are the estimated costs of tuition, fees, books, health insurance, and living expenses for a full-time international student.

Undergraduate (Per Semester)

Note: The Health Insurance Fee will be charged to all students enrolled in six or more credit hours. Students who have a comparable health insurance plan should log onto http://www.bcbsnc.com/student

To waive the fee by September 15 for the Fall semester and January 31 for the Spring semester. You only have to waive one time per academic year. Students who waive in the Fall do not have to complete the waiver again for the Spring tem.

Book rental: $170.00 per semester (optional) for undergraduate students only and charged in advance for all students enrolled full-time. To have the fee removed, contact the Office of Student Accounts.

Room Rental: Rates (see chart below for applicable dorm assignment)

Tuition and fees are subject to change by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors without notice.

How do you get to Elizabeth City State University once you arrive at the airport?

You should purchase a plane ticket from your country to Norfolk International Airport, Virginia. Please provide us with your airline, flight number, and the day and time of your arrival. One representative member of ECSU will be waiting for you at the airport.