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International Student Requirements

International Student Admissions

Earn Your Degree from Anywhere in the World

Join a multi-national community full of rich insights and diverse perspectives—Capella students hail from all 50 U.S. states and 59 countries.

All Capella's courses are offered online, so you can earn your degree anywhere with Internet access. You will enjoy comprehensive support—including academic advising, career counseling, and tutoring—from the comfort of your home, coffee shop, or military base, regardless of where in the world you may be.

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Email or call your enrollment counselor at 1.866.679.9682 for a step-by-step walkthrough of the admissions process and details of your specific requirements.

  • US: 1.888.227.2736
  • CANADA: 1.866.734.5934
  • ALL OTHER: 1.612.339.8650

Who Is an International Student?

If you live outside the U.S., or are not a U.S. citizen, you may be an international student. For admissions purposes, international students include anyone who has completed their most recent academic coursework, degree, or credential at an institution outside the U.S.

Student Visas

Because Capella is an online university, we cannot provide the documentation required for student visa requests. Some of our programs require students to participate in clinical practica or internships in the U.S. If you enroll in one of these programs, travel to the U.S. in order to participate will be your responsibility.

Admission Requirements

International students must have attended an internationally recognized institution, be fluent in English as demonstrated by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and have transcripts evaluated and reviewed for eligibility. Additional admission requirements vary by program.


Accreditation is an important credential to look for when choosing a university. Capella is an accredited university based in Minneapolis, MN, USA.


Professional licensure is a goal of many Capella students. Licensure requirements vary from place to place. It is each student's responsibility to understand the requirements for their country or region to ensure that their selected program meets those requirements.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Payment

Your enrollment counselor can help you understand the cost of your Capella degree and discuss your financing options with you.

Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available to U.S. citizens and eligible non-U.S. citizens. There are many other ways to save time and money on your degree, including employer reimbursements and scholarships.

For Canadian Students

Canadian students are responsible for determining their eligibility for Canadian Loans and Tax Credits. Capella courses may not meet certain requirements for Canadian loans and tax credits, including, but not limited to, the minimum week and continuous enrollment requirements.

The Canada Revenue Agency has an extensive library of relevant documents and information pertaining to Canadian loans, scholarships, grants, and tax credits. You can also obtain educational information by subject from Canada's Library and Archives, the Ontario Student Assistance Program, or scholarships for international study at International Scholarships.

To learn more about international admission requirements, email or call an enrollment counselor at 1.866.679.9682. Refer to your program for detailed admission requirements

Payment Options

Capella accepts several convenient options for paying your tuition, including:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Electronic check
  • Wire transfer