YSU International Programs Office COVID-19 Update

05/04/2020 SAT/ACT Test Optional

Due to the coronavirus cancellation of national ACT and SAT test sessions, Youngstown State University is implementing a “test optional” decision process for admission to the university. The new process means that certain international students (see English Proficiency Requirements), who usually need to submit ACT or SAT standardized test scores to be evaluated for admission to YSU, are not required to do so starting Fall Semester 2020. The change, approved by the YSU Academic Senate earlier this month, will remain in place through Spring Semester 2021.


04/24/2020 International Graduate Admission Updates

YSU accepts Duolingo English Test for international graduate admission purpose. For Master’s programs, A minimum score of 105 on the  Internet-based test by graduates of foreign universities who are nonnative English speakers. For doctoral programs, a minimum score of 115 is required. Scores over two years old by the beginning of the term applicants wish to enter are not acceptable. This test is taken online from your home computer and is proctored.  Arrange with Duolingo English Test to have your official Duolingo (DET) score sent to our office.  This is sent electronically to our office, and we will receive results within 2-3 days after testing. 


04/13/2020 International Graduate Admission Updates

The College of Graduate Studies continues to implement changes to accommodate delays and loss of service as testing agencies, colleges and universities continue to work remotely in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. In order to minimize negative impact on admission, the following changes are effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

Domestic students are requested to have official transcripts sent to the College of Graduate Studies electronically.  Unofficial transcripts will now be accepted for the purpose of making admission decisions.

A practice similar to the one we have been using with International applicants for several years will be followed. Students accepted based on unofficial transcripts will need to provide official transcripts by the end of their first semester of study to continue enrollment. Students admitted for the summer term will have until the end of the following fall term to provide the graduate college with official transcripts.

GRE Testing and Scores
The GRE is now available for home testing everywhere except for China and Iran.  
If a student is from a country where the test is not available, the College of Graduate Studies will still forward the application in Recruit for your consideration and admission recommendation despite lack of a test score.

Admission decisions are made based on many factors. This waiver allows program directors and deans to make their admission recommendations utilizing information that is available - ensuring that applicants’ admission to programs will not be delayed or denied because a standardized test is not currently available, because of where they live.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

We are deferring payment of the application/credentialing fee to a later date.  When you log in to your account, you will find instructions on how to use the promo code COVID-19 Defer to submit your application without paying the fee during submission.  This code will only be available for a short time during the current public health situation.

Again, this is not a waiver of the fee.  It is a deferral of the fee, and we will require payment regardless if you are accepted to the program or not.  If you use the code to submit your application, we will contact you for payment at a later date.

We understand these are difficult times right now, and we do want to assist anyone who is having difficulty paying the application fees due to the current COVID-19 crisis.

College of Graduate Studies & International Programs Office



To all current applicants for Fall 2020 intake, 

We understand that paying the application fee may be challenging under the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective on March 31, 2020, YSU will defer application fee for applicants applying for Fall 2020 intake and have not been able to pay it. With that being said, you do not need to pay application fee before your arrival on campus. The application fee will be billed to your student account once you are enrolled at YSU. We hope this will help you move your application process forward. 

Please take care.

Office of International Admissions


03/25/2020 Alternative English Test Accepted for International Undergraduate Admissions

To all current applicants,

To cope with difficulties of taking traditional on-site English proficiency tests, YSU will be accepting the online English proficiency test: Duolingo English Test.  The minimum requirement for international undergraduate admissions is 95 out of 160. The minimum requirement for general graduate admissions will be published later. Please continue to check this page for updates. 

All the best,

Office of International Admissions




To Future YSU Penguin,

We hope this letter finds you safe, happy and healthy. As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds around the world, we wanted to be in touch to share with you some updates from Youngstown State.

In order to keep our community as safe as possible, YSU has placed all Spring 2020 courses online. Students are currently still studying - Just in a different format. The entire YSU community looks forward to holding physical, face-to-face classes again as soon as the COVID-19 situation is safely behind us. 

Q: Are you still processing applications?

A: Yes. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are all required to work remotely. We will continue to process application files. However, it is anticipated that the email advisory, application processing time, and I-20 package mailing will be delayed. Please note: We will issue electronic acceptance letter in PDF format as student official acceptance letter from now.

Q: Will this affect my future as a YSU student? 

A: YSU will continue to issue I-20s in anticipation of holding physical classes again in Fall 2020. You can rest assured knowing that the University has your best interests, including your safety, health and education, at heart.

Q: Can I still apply for a visa? 

A: We believe the vast majority of US consulates and embassies are operating normally. However, due to recent announcements by the US president, there are some travel restrictions in place for certain countries. 

You can check visa appointment wait times here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html

You can check travel restrictions here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html

If any updated information becomes available, we will inform you in writing using this email address. The entire staff at Youngstown State University sends our good wishes to you during this unique and challenging time. 


All the best,

International Programs Office

Youngstown State University

Jones Hall 1042, 1 University Plaza,

Youngstown, OH 44555