International Students

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Staying at Hartford

Situated along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, midway between New York City and Boston, Massachusetts, Hartford International University (HIU) is an ideal place to participate in global dialogue. The HIU boasts a strong population of students from many faith traditions and from homes all over the world. International students are welcomed, nurtured and challenged in the Hartford International environment. Our faculty and staff strive to create a campus community that supports our students in both life and study. Hartford International accepts international students into Master of Arts degrees, various Certificate Programs, and other courses of study upon qualification. For more on how to become a student and requirements for admission, please see our Application Process on the next tab.

Application and Admission

Hartford International is authorized under federal law to enroll full-time nonimmigrant alien students. It is the policy of Hartford International that all international students enter the U.S. with an F-1 visa. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Internation Students

English Language Proficiency

Students who do not have English as a first language, or as a primary language in previous academic studies, are required, prior to application, to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination and achieve a minimum score of 550 (written version), 213 (computer version) or 80 (internet version), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a minimum score of 6.5. Applications for admission will not be processed without official TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Additionally, students pursuing graduate level studies at Hartford International for whom English is a second language are required within the first month of their enrollment to undergo assessment of their English language ability. Based on this assessment, students will either be free from any further formal English language training, or be required to successfully complete the appropriate level of English language preparatory course at the English Language Institute of the University of Hartford. The appropriate level of preparatory course will be determined by the staff of the English Language Institute (in consultation with the Dean of the Hartford International or her/his designee) based on an assessment of the student’s abilities in listening comprehension, reading comprehension and writing skills. The course must be taken either immediately prior to or during the first two terms of enrollment at Hartford International.

The cost of the course must be considered part of the requisite costs for the student’s program of study and included in the amount of financial obligation for which the student seeks and receives financial guarantee/sponsorship. (See International Student Costs Table below.)

This requirement may be waived by the Admissions Committee based on factors that have come to its attention during the admission process, such as previous degrees earned in which English was the language of study or previous long term residence in the U.S. or other country where English is the primary language.


Applicants are required to present transcripts in English or accompanied by a certified English translation. Admitted students with non-U.S. transcripts will be required to submit evaluated transcripts completed by a credential evaluation service. You do not need to have your transcript evaluated unless you have been admitted. Your admission will be provisional until an evaluated transcript is received and reviewed. We must receive your evaluated transcripts within three weeks of the date on your admission letter.  We recommend Spantran as the most economical option for transcript evaluation. HIU will be notified directly when the transcript evaluations are completed.

International Student Merit Scholarships

HIU selects a limited number of recipients to receive two-year merit scholarships for international students who intend to matriculate as full-time, degree-seeking students for our Master of Arts for Interreligious Studies or our Master of Arts in Chaplaincy.

Please see the guidelines to apply for a scholarship:

  • Must have a 2.8 GPA from previous collegiate work
  • Must take classes in-person
  • Must be registered for 9 or more credits per fall and spring semester
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA at HIU
  • Must submit an essay answering the following question: “How will the HIU program impact your academic or professional goals?”

Please email your intention to apply for this scholarship and your essay to

Financial Sponsorship

Although applications for admission from international students are not reviewed on the basis of the student’s financial status, Hartford International must receive a letter of financial guarantee from a scholarship agency or a private individual (in the latter case documentation of personal or family funds on bank letterhead or in the form of a legally binding affidavit must be included) before the I-20 “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status” can be issued. This form is required for international students seeking a student visa. The letter of financial guarantee must show sufficient funds to meet the costs outlined in the Estimated International Student Costs Table.

All policies in the Hartford International 2021-2022 Catalogue and the Hartford International Student Handbook apply; however, international students (and research scholars) should make special note of the policies and procedures listed below.

Course Registration

To maintain their F-1 visa status, international students must be enrolled in a full-time course of study which is defined as 9 credits per semester (registration during summer session is not required). International students who have completed all of their coursework must register for their final requirement in the following semesters.

In order to maintain full-time status during the final phase of their degree program, students must follow these guidelines:

  • 3-credit final paper or project: If the student has registered for the 3-credit final requirement, and is not enrolled in any other courses during that semester, the final requirement must be completed and examined within that semester. If the student has registered for the 3-credit final requirement and is still enrolled in one or more courses during that semester that are required for the completion of the degree, the final requirement must be completed and examined by the end of the following semester.

Any exception to this policy must be approved by the Academic Policy Committee and the Designated School Official.

Note: This policy allows students opting for the three-credit final requirement (M.A.) a maximum of two regular semesters before being examined on it.

Health Insurance

All international students and research scholars are required to carry adequate major medical insurance (accident, illness, hospitalization), medical evacuation, and repatriation insurance for the duration of their enrollment (and occupancy of Hartford International apartments, when applicable) at Hartford International.


Normally, international students are required to live on campus for the first year of their study at Hartford International, subject to housing availability. For more detailed information, contact the Director of Administration and Facilities. Several rental options for student housing are also available in the surrounding area.

Any student living on-campus must receive the meningococcal vaccination (meningitis) and provide documentation to the Registrar’s Office. Students who do not comply with this requirement within one month of moving on-campus will be asked to leave student housing.

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Tuition & Fees

Master of Arts Degree Program

The following table provides an estimate of total costs for the Master of Arts degree program on a full-time basis taking two academic years and two summers to complete. These figures are based on the costs of the student alone who is housed in one of HIU’s international student apartments. Students who come with a dependent or dependents should add approximately $1000/month to overall expenses.

These costs are based on the very minimum amount of time in which it is anticipated the program may be successfully completed therefore, the costs are the minimum anticipated amount and are not in any way provided as the definitive or final costs and should not be interpreted as such. Individual student costs will vary depending on residence, lifestyle, program requirements and normal economic fluctuations.

Estimated International Student Costs

To complete the Master of Arts degree – based on 18 months full-time study*

*18 months represents four semesters of 9 credits each semester

Tuition 2021-2022: $2,349/course (36 credits) $28,188
Books 11 courses at approximately $100/course (estimate) $1,100
Additional Fees Application ($50), Comp. ($200) Graduation Fee ($185) $435
Housing (On-Campus When Available) 18 months at $650*/month (rent includes utilities, monthly cleaning, internet service and local phone service) Does not include summer housing. $11,700
Food 18 months at $300/month (estimate) $5,400
Total Tuition, Books, Fees, Housing and Food $46,823
Additional Costs(all costs are estimates)
Health Insurance – Required Health Insurance costs vary significantly based on age, health,etc.; Insurance premiums can vary from $1000 to $3,000($1,500 is an estimate) $1,500
Computer (approximate) Computer Equipment ($1,000) $1,000
Phone 18 months at $60 (plan prices vary, $60 is an estimate) $1,080
Personal Expenses Clothing, postage, recreation, toiletries, etc.18 months at $50/month $900
Transportation Public transportation; 18 months at $45/month;Does not include cost of transportation to and from the United States $810
TOTAL Estimated Program Costs – M.A. degree $52,113

*Subject to annual increase

**Each course is 3 credits

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