School of Human Movement, Sport, & Leisure Studies
Application Protocol for International Students
International applicants must send their documents to the Center of International Programs, 1106 Offenhauer West, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403. Once the Center for International Programs has received all necessary documents for an applicant, her/his file will be evaluated according to Graduate College admission eligibility standards. Files that do not meet Graduate College standards will not be forwarded to the School of HMSLS.
A complete international applicant file includes the following documents:
- An application (with fee) for admission to BGSU via the Graduate College and International Programs Office. Send the Graduate College your Transcripts, GRE and Fee.
- Complete a 2-3 page Personal Statement. In addition there are certain other stipulations for the completion of an international application and these include:
a. Indicate the specialization in which you are interested (Developmental Kinesiology, Leisure and Tourism Studies, or Sport Administration) and who you wish to work with as your advisor.
b. In your Personal Statement international applicants to Leisure and Tourism Studies or Sport Administration who have not taken course work in areas listed in the boxes below should include an explanation of how their life experiences fulfill the requirements of those areas:
Leisure and Tourism Studies
Major Concepts of Leisure or Introduction to Travel and Tourism
Entering student will be expected to have had coursework or life experiences in the areas listed below. Students who are admitted with deficiencies in any of the academic area must take course work at the undergraduate level prior to graduating.
Organization and Admin of Recreation or Admin/Management of Travel & Tourism
Public or Interpersonal Communication
Recreation Program Development or Special Event Planning in Travel & Tourism
Undergraduate Internship in Sport or 1-year practical experience in Sport.
Evaluation of Recreation Services or Evaluation/Assessment of Travel and tourism
Micro Computer applications or programming
Recreation Areas & Facilities
Financial Aspects of management
Management or Organization Behavior
Public Relations or Promotions
3. Submit a Resume.
4. A Graduate Assistantship application if you wish to be considered for a graduate assistantship.
5. Valid TOEFL or MELAB scores. TOEFL and MELAB scores are valid for two years after the date of testing. Upon receipt of your application, additional information about TOEFL AND MELAB examinations will be provided by International Programs
6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; GRE scores are valid for five years after the date of testing; if necessary, the GRE may be taken after arrival at Bowling Green State University;
7. Transcripts: Two official transcripts and diplomas (including English translations). Neither copies of transcripts nor transcripts issued to students are acceptable. Applicants must submit transcripts from ALL institutions attended (except BGSU), regardless of the number or type of credit hours taken, terms attended, or whether transfer credits are reflected on another transcript. The Graduate College will not send applicants’ files to the School of HMSLS from evaluation until all transcripts have been submitted
8. Three letters of recommendation from your professors; the recommendations should attest to your academic accomplishments as an undergraduate student and predict your potential as a graduate student (e.g., reading, writing, thinking critically, reflecting, intellectual effort, etc.); for HMSL admission and funding, please do not request recommendations from coaches, athletic trainers, or other individuals who cannot provide an academic recommendation; if you apply to affiliated sites for funding, recommendations from the aforementioned individuals would be appropriated in addition to the letters from three professors; letters of recommendation must be sent directly to the Center for International Programs.
9. A Financial Statement. International students who do not receive graduate assistantships must provide a written guarantee of financial support of at least $19,600.00 US. Upon receipt of your application, additional information about the financial statement will be provided by International Programs.
- International students should apply for their visas as early as possible.
- Some international students may experience initial difficulty obtaining a visa to study in the United States the first time they apply. You will need to work closely with the International Programs Office.
- International students who are admitted or funded after June 1 might be required to defer their enrollment until January of the following calendar year.