Admission to Academic Program Steps - Applying from Abroad

Applying to Sinclair is easy. Please follow these steps:

Step 1: Application for Admission

Fill out the online Admission to Academic Program application at

Step 2: Official Transcripts

Successful completion of a secondary high school program is required for admission. Please send an original transcript (record of subjects/courses and grades) and verification of graduation. If your transcript is not written in English, an original transcript with English translation by a certified translator is acceptable. Please note: the high school or secondary documentation is still required even if you have college or university work.

Step 3: English Proficiency

TOEFL or IELTS scores ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION. If you do not have TOEFL or IELTS scores, you will be admitted to English Now!, our Intensive ESL program.

  1. Submit your score or transcripts from one of the following:
    TOEFL: A minimum of IBT-61, CBT-173, or PBT-500 (Sinclair's school code is 1720)
    IELTS: A minimum of 5.0

    ELS Center: If you have completed Level 109 at any ELS center in the U.S., you may submit your ELS transcripts and certificate of completion in place of the TOEFL or IELTS score.

    College-level English: If you are a transfer student and have completed one full year of college-level English at a university or college in the USA with a grade of C or higher, you may submit an official transcript in place of the TOEFL or IELTS score

    Duolingo English Test: A minimum of 49
  2. Write a brief personal statement of your educational background and your academic goals in the United States. This statement may be typed or neatly handwritten.

Step 4: Financial Resources

Applicant and the sponsor must complete the Financial Statement Form. You are required to submit financial documentation that equals or exceeds one full year of expenses, a minimum of $17,500, for the program of study you are interested in pursuing. A Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will not be issued until financial information is provided.

Please be aware that there is a non-refundable $20.00 application fee that will be added to your fee bill for the first semester. Please do not send the application fee with your application.

Step 5: Mail Your Application Documents

Please mail all application documents to:

International Education Coordinator
Building 2, Room 334
Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460

Or email your application and documents to: