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International Student-Athletes

There are over 17,000 international student-athletes enrolled and competing at NCAA schools. International student-athletes add much to the learning environment within intercollegiate athletics. If you are an international college-bound student-athlete, this page will help you learn more about the various academic requirements you need to meet. Your academic documents are required to establish your official graduation timeline, which is important for your amateurism certification.

Learn more about amateurism requirements on our amateurism page.

Use the resources in this section to help you on your journey to becoming an NCAA student-athlete. Start by registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center as early as possible to make sure you stay on track to meet the eligibility standards.

International Document Submission Guidelines

International college-bound student-athletes must submit the following academic documents:

Your academic records for years nine and up, in your native language and translated to English

Proof of graduation, including certificates, diplomas or final leaving exams

SAT or ACT scores

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High school transcripts issued by many Canadian provinces do not include marks from the ninth school year. If your transcript does not include your ninth year, you must request that the school where you completed your ninth year submit a transcript of your marks for that year to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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Country-Specific Information

The NCAA Eligibility Center sends a welcome email to international students to welcome them to the initial-eligibility process and provide specific information about the academic documents required from their country. Review the email sent to international student-athletes by country.

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Student Visas

If you need an F1 student visa, you must meet specific requirements for admissions eligibility, financial ability and academic status. Failure to follow appropriate regulations could affect your immigration status. NCAA schools issue Form I-20, not the NCAA national office.

Please contact the school recruiting you for further information.

Contact information

Customer Service Hours
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST
Monday through Friday
International phone number: 317-917-6222

NCAA Eligibility Center International Contact Form

Document/Transcript Mailing Address:
NCAA Eligibility Center
International Certification Processing
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136

Overnight/Express Mailing Address (FedEx, UPS, DHL):
NCAA Eligibility Center
International Certification Processing
1802 Alonzo Watford Sr Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202