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Frequently Asked Questions

International Admissions

International students often ask similar questions about the University. If your questions differ from those on the following list, please do not hesitate to contact us admissions@salve.edu or +1 (401) 341-2908.

Where is Salve Regina?

The University is located in the historic seaport of Newport, Rhode Island, less than two hours from Boston. The city is a popular tourist destination and home to world-class sailing, the International Tennis Hall of Fame and iconic music and film festivals.

What’s the campus like?

Start by viewing the 360° virtual campus tour. Our 51 buildings and campus arboretum sit on seven 19th-century estates overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We are a residential campus with an active student body. Hike the Cliff Walk, go surfing at nearby beaches, explore Newport with our free bicycle loan program or make use of the University’s gymnasium, fitness center, aerobics studio and playing fields.

What do international students like about the University?

International students choose us for many of the same reasons that U.S. students do. We have small classes where faculty get to know you. There are internships and research opportunities, community service, a variety of academic and personal support services and free bus transportation with your University ID.

We also provide several international-friendly benefits, such as free airport pickup for Orientation, a dedicated immigration advisor, English language support and a team of international student mentors to guide you through the first year.

What can I study?

We offer a variety of academic programs, including undergraduate majors and minors, combined bachelor’s/master’s programs, certificates and doctoral degrees. International students can be found in every academic discipline and especially business (all concentrations), biology, global studies, psychology, chemistry, political science, studio art and engineering (3+2 dual degree).

How do I apply for admission?

A description of the application process, deadlines and required documents can be found on our webpage for international applicants.

Are SAT or ACT tests required?

Salve Regina is SAT and ACT optional and only requires test scores for nursing and education, and from students who have been homeschooled.

Is there an English as a Second Language program?

We ask students to meet a standard of English proficiency and do not offer ESL. However, we do have English for Academic Purposes, a program that provides academic language and cultural support alongside University courses.

What about food and housing?

We have different styles of residence halls for undergraduate students. Our meal plan provides unlimited access to the University’s main dining facility and you can find additional choices on campus or by exploring the 40-plus restaurants along nearby Newport harbor.

What about safety?

The Salve Regina campus and city of Newport both have reputations for being safe. Our security officers are on duty 24 hours a day and oversee residence hall access cards, the lost-and-found desk, emergency call boxes and on-campus medical transports.

Health Services maintains regular hours during the academic year. It is staffed by a caring and highly skilled team of nurse practitioners and a consulting physician. If necessary, Newport Hospital and major pharmacies are just minutes from campus.

When can I get an I-20 form and apply for a visa?

You will only receive an I-20 form after you have been admitted, pay the enrollment deposit and complete the financial certification form.

Can I get a full scholarship?

A limited number of scholarships cover full tuition but do not include room and board, books and incidentals. A contribution is expected each year from family resources, personal funds and sponsorships to cover the cost of attendance.

Can international students work in the U.S.?

Students who are in F-1 visa status are eligible to work on campus. When school is in session, the typical jobs average 10-20 hours per week. During approved breaks, students can work full time on campus.

¿Prefieres asistencia en español? Tenemos personal y estudiantes que puede responder preguntas o proporcionar un recorrido por la universidad. Contacte Santiago Durango, consejero de admisiones, al santiago.durango@salve.edu o +1 (401) 341-2352.