Potential International applicants interested in attending Loma Linda University, must be independent and self sufficient, must meet the following admissions criteria for International Applicants as well as all requirements from their program of choice.
Where to begin
Please review the LLU International student application information along with the following information on this page which applies to the programs offered through the School of Allied Health Professions.
1. Research our program and degree options online and then
2. Decide which program is right for you. Many of our programs require college coursework or requirements that need to be completed before applying.
Make sure you take courses that are transferable to other Institutions and that you complete all required prerequisites required.
Before you Submit your Application
We recommend you start the following process before you apply to LLU since this process can take additional time to complete.
You will need to have your college transcripts evaluated by a LLU approved Transcript evaluation service.
Transcripts from Evaluation services not LLU approved will not be accepted. The applicants will be required to resubmit them to an approved evaluation service and may decrease your chances of acceptance. If you are applying to Nutrition and Dietetics or Clinical Laboratory Science Programs, please use designated evaluation services listed below.
You will also want to complete the English Proficiency requirement by taking the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam
Certification and Licensure
Some Programs may require applicants to have and provide proof of National Registry/National Board Certification within the United States in order to be considered. Check with the program or department directly to inquire.
All students are required to apply online at Loma Linda University. If you are having problems with the online application, please contact us so we may assist you. There is a non-refundable application fee of $60.00 (US Currency) at the time of submitting your application.
If you are applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Orthotics or Prosethics or the Physician Assistant programm, please apply using the external application services listed on our admissions page.
You may apply online during open enrollment periods as designated by the program.
Acceptances to the school are not granted immediately once you submit an online application. Please allow time for us to receive, review, process, and verify your application and transcripts. The process can take several weeks or months normally and can vary from student to student. We recommend that you apply as early as possible to ensure you meet program deadlines. Some programs fill their class rosters as completed applications are reviewed and processed. It is imperative to make sure you have met and submitted all required elements. Some programs are quite popular and receive more qualified applications than there is space for.
All requirements, transcripts, and test scores must be submitted, received, and reviewed before any admissions decision can be made. This includes the evaluation, transcripts, program requiremens, and completed online application.
Provisional Acceptances cannot be granted early until the complete admissions process has occurred.
Once your confirmation deposit is processed you will receive your LLU Login and PIN in the mail.
You will need to fulfill all admissions and program requirements including course prerequisites and requirements, plus meet all international student financial responsibilities, to be considered to your chosen program.
What to submit when applying:
Please DO NOT send...
Your application is incomplete until we receive all the required elements.
Once accepted at Loma Linda University, the student will need to send the following to the University before the first quarter registration is cleared...
Checking application status
Admission decisions are made by the department admissions committee and notifications are sent by the admissions office. The program director or department will have the most up to date status or can check on the status of a student. You will be notified once a decision has been made.
Admission decisions are sent officially in letter form from the Allied Health Admissions Office. Some programs may opt to contact students earlier either by phone or email. Please make sure your contact information is current.
Please allow additional time for International Student Acceptances. International applications typically take longer to receive, verify and review.
Sending admission requirements
Points of Contact
If you have further questions after reviewing our online information, please contact the following persons by email. They can provide further detailed information for international students.
When contacting us it is helpful if you can let us know if you have applied or plan to apply. Please provide your program of interest. Due to time differences, please allow ample time for responses via email.
We request that you do not email multiple contacts regarding the same issue or questions at the University. The above contacts can help you directly.
Official transcripts or mark sheets must be attested by the affiliated university and sent directly from that institution to admissions processing at Loma Linda University. Do not send sealed transcripts on behalf of yourself, they will not be accepted as official.
Request official transcripts to be sent from each college or higher educational institution you have attended. High school transcripts are also needed for students who do not have a previous Associate's or Bachelor's degree or if your program requires proof of high school math or secondary school courses.
Please contact Helen Martinez, our Admissions Director if you have questions regarding international transcripts.
The LLU school code for the CLEP TOEFL and GRE is 4062
The PT department code is 48.
Have your transcripts and evaluation results sent to the following address:
11139 Anderson St.
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda CA 92350-0001
Please submit your LLU application and supporting documents early! LLU must have time to process all necessary immigration documents and send them to you for your visa application. Governmental papers take time. Please be sure to apply early and have your transcripts and evaluation sent early so we will have time to offer an acceptance and then follow the standard immigration procedures to get you here before your classes begin.
TOEFL exam scores must meet a minimum of the following in order to be eligible for acceptance into all SAHP programs. If a score is below the following, the student must retest until the minimum score is reached.
TOEFL scores must be received as part of the admissions process before admissions decisions can be made. Students may apply first and have scores sent before the program application deadline.
Courses at Loma Linda University are taught in English and proficiency of the language is a requirement. Lectures are often delivered at a rapid rate and note taking is expected. Term papers, theses, and exams are expected to be written in clear and correct English. Therefore, it is necessary for the prospective student to possess a high proficiency in the English language.
Regardless of nationality or citizenship, an applicant whose native language is not English or whose secondary education has been given outside the U.S. is required to pass the TOEFL, the IELTS, or their equivalents.
Requests to waive the requirement for an approved test of English Proficiency must be submitted to the University Academic Affairs Committee. The request must include adequate justification for the waiver. An applicant may be not offered acceptance before the waiver request is approved. Please contact the International Student Affairs office to begin the process.
NOTE: As a reminder, all visa applicants are required to have a personal verbal interview with a visa officer. If the interviewing officer feels that the level of English communications is inadequate for the level of study, they will deny the visa. Therefore, this waiver has consequences when not taken seriously.
Once you have been accepted and to procure an I-20 visa you will need to send an advance of $8,000 refundable deposit, which will be held for your final quarter of study.
Mr. Martin Aguirre
International Student Services
Loma Linda University
11139 Anderson St. SSC 1201
Loma Linda, CA 92350-0001
United States of America
Earning an advanced degree in the United States can be very expensive. Prospective students must provide evidence of financial support for their educational and living expenses for the entire period of their stay. An estimate of tuition, fees, and living expenses will be provided by the International Student Services office after the acceptance letter has been issued and received by the office. All tuition rates are figured in US Currency.
Loma Linda University does not offer financial assistance in the form of financial aid, scholarships, or loans to International applicants. However, some programs have a few assistantships (i.e. part time employment) and there are some US Financial Institutions that can provide co-signed educational loans to qualified International Students.
Current tuition rates are for tuition only and does not include university enrollment fees, personal living nor transportation costs. All living, room and board, transportation, and books are extra and are the students' personal responsibility.
The current quarterly university enrollment school fee is $768 per quarter and covers various student benefits and services. Typically there is an increase in fees annually which occurs usually in June (Summer qtr) of each year.
Flying to LLU
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is the best International airport for our area. LAX is about a 1.5- 2 hours drive to LLU, depending on traffic. San Diego (SAN) is another International flight alternative but is about 2 1/2 hours drive from LLU, depending on traffic.
Ontario, California (ONT) is the closest airport for domestic flights and is about 20-30 minutes away from LLU. Palm Springs (PSP) is an alternate domestic airport which is smaller than ONT about an hour away. PSP has car rentals but no shuttle service.
The University does not offer shuttle service for students to and from the local airports. Students are responsible for making their own individual arrangements. Shuttle service can be obtained at www.supershuttle.com.
Transportation around the campus
Loma Linda University is located in a city environment with periods of congested traffic to and around the campus and Loma Linda community. Students are responsible for their own time management planning and transportation both on and off campus. Students must be licensed and insured to be able to operate automobiles in the State of California. Parking is free but automobiles must be registered with the LLU Parking and Traffic Service, through the student registration portal. The Loma Linda University Medical Center operates, on a limited daily schedule, free shuttles between Loma Linda University Medical Center and outlying Loma Linda Medical Center buildings and parking lots.
San Bernardino County has public bus services, for a fee from different points in Loma Linda and on our Loma Linda Campus to neighboring cities of San Bernardino, Redlands and other outlying cities some of which have their own bus service.
See Omnitrans bus information.
Students may also opt to purchase bicycles or scooters to get around but special parking is required and these modes of transporation still require registration with LLU Parking and Traffic Services.
International students are not allowed, by student visa regulations, to work full time, however, regulations allow part time (up to 20 hours per week) of on-campus employment. An International student must be officially accepted to LLU and be on campus to be eligible to work. While a few part-time jobs are available on campus, the competition for them is high and often the hours and the wages maybe minimal, so International students should not expect to fund their education this way.
Many Allied Health Professions have licensure regulations for working within the US., so check with the department for further information.