Applying to Degrees+ as an International Student

Students from all over the world are welcome to apply to Degrees+ powered by Outlier! To learn more about the available programs, click here.

If you are logging in from a country other than the United States, the application process may be a little different. Not to worry! We’re here to walk you through it. 

Here are some fast facts regarding International Students and the Degrees+ program:

  • International Students are not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • For many, the program’s affordability and payment plan options may be enough to finance the degree. Click here to learn about Golden Gate University’s payment plans.
  • Depending on your level of English, you may need to submit exam scores indicating that you are ready for coursework and set up for success.  More on this below
  • Golden Gate University is not able to sponsor F1 or J1  visas for online programming.  The Degrees+ associate degrees are offered exclusively online.

English Language Proficiency Exams

Some international students may receive a request to submit their English Language Proficiency exam scores.  This notice will come in an email after you submit your application.

Golden Gate University accepts exam scores from TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, and Duolingo.  The following scores are required for admission:



TOEFL*  (Test of English as a Foreign Language)


IELTS*  (International English Language Testing System)


PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic)


Duolingo English Test


*IELTS/TOEFL Home Edition is also accepted

Please note, that Golden Gate University may also request exam scores from any student in the event that English language proficiency cannot be confirmed by the application materials alone.

Students may also satisfy the exam score requirement by way of employment history or by completing English language coursework from an accredited university.

Test Results and/or application are NOT required for students wishing to take individual Outlier courses, outside of the Degrees+ program.

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