International Programs - Shorter University

International Programs

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What do I need to know before I travel?

Find out important information you will need to know before you make your trip to the United States.

Why Shorter?

Shorter University is ranked a Best Southeastern College by the Princeton Review. It is easy to see why. We have faculty from around the world, some who obtained degrees from schools like Harvard University, The Julliard School, the University of Denver, and the University of Virginia. Our small, interactive classes mean they can give students personalized attention and support.




Big Cities. Big Community.

Location map showing Shorter University in relation to 3 major cities

Shorter has easy access to Atlanta–one of the biggest and most diverse cities in the United States–as well as Birmingham and Chattanooga. Even still, there is always something going on right here on campus. At Shorter, we are a caring community that wants to see all our students succeed academically and grow spiritually.

Facilities & Services on Campus

  • Writing support and personal tutoring
  • Academic advising
  • Career counseling
  • Health Services
  • Private or shared accommodations
  • Dining facilities open every day

  • 24/7 emergency phone line
  • Counseling services
  • Sports and recreation facilities

Admission Requirements

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  • Cambridge Test of English: 160
  • IELTS- 5.0
  • TOEFL- 61
  • SAT- 900 overall (450 on both the critical reading and math sections)
  • ACT- 19 composite
  • PTE- 44
  • iTEP- 3.0-3.4


  • Cambridge Test of English: 160
  • IELTS- 5.0
  • TOEFL- 68
  • SAT- 900 overall (450 on both the critical reading and math sections)
  • ACT- 19 composite
  • PTE- 47
  • iTEP- 3.5-3.9

You do not need to submit a test score if:

  • You are a transfer student who has completed more than 24 transferrable credits
  • You studied at Atlanta English Institute (AIE) and completed its IEP program (Level 7).
  • You studied at Georgia Tech Language Institute and passed all 700-level academic track courses with a B-average
  • You studied at an EF Language Center and completed University Prep level C1-3
  • Get information about Shorter University’s Partnership with AEI for your ESL needs:

We are proud partners of Atlanta English Institute (AEI) for your ESL needs.

International students who wish to attend Shorter University and meet all academic requirements but still need further English Proficiency, can apply and obtain a conditional admission to Shorter University.

You can complete your English training at AEI and once you finish their IEP program (Level 7) you can enroll at Shorter University.

AEI has more than 25 years of experience in providing academic excellence in English as a Second Language Training (ESL) in Atlanta. It is located in the heart of the metro Atlanta area within easy reach of the highway and public transportation. Shorter University is only 1 ½ hr. to the north of AEI.

To obtain more information about AEI, please contact:

Jenny Vega | Admissions Coordinator
Atlanta English Institute
4000 DeKalb Technology Parkway
Building 500, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30340
Main: 770-455-9226 | Fax: 770-455-8336

If you have completed an ESL program in any other center that is different from those listed here, please provide us with details about the program and level you achieved because you could be exempt from further English proficiency tests.

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International students need to show financial means to support their studies and living expenses while the United States. Once their financial support documentation is approved, an I-20 will be issued so that the student may proceed in the visa application process.