International Students

If you are considering a Master in Sport Business Leadership at Seattle University, you are about to make a great choice! Seattle University is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report and included in The Princeton Review's Best Colleges guide.

Located in the heart of Seattle, the beautiful urban campus houses a community of over 7,400 students, with more than 850 international students from 51 countries around the world. 

As a prospective international student, you probably have questions about a variety of topics. Here you will find answers to most of those questions and contact information for people that can further respond to your inquiries. 


International students have requirements beyond the general application. We encourage you to visit Graduate Admissions for details. You will find information about having your transcripts evaluated for coursework completed outside of the United States (this is a requirement), a chart detailing English proficiency requirements and more. If you have further questions, please contact Graduate Admissions

Studying at Seattle University

As a graduate student, you will have access to university organizations, that will assist you in your academic journey, and answer questions.

  • The International Student Center will be available to answer your questions.
  • The English Language and Culture Bridge (ELCB) is designed to prepare non-native speakers of English for a productive academic career at Seattle University. Students who have not met Seattle University's English proficiency minimum for regular admission are admitted through ELCB and will have additional course requirements. We recommend students required to take ELCB courses to arrive in June so that they may complete these classes before MSBL classes start in August.
  • The Learning Commons Partnership provides writing assistance through the Writing Center and Research Services available to students at any stage in the research process. We encourage our students to take advantage of all services available to them.
  • The McGoldrick Collegium (open to all graduate students) offers an ideal place to study on campus, and opportunities to connect with the graduate student community.

Working in Seattle

As a graduate student on an F-1 Visa, you may be able to work on campus for up to 20 hours per week or work off campus through CPT or OPT training. 

  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is a paid internship that is required for your program. As MSBL requires at least one internship credit, this a great option for some students.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a temporary work authorization designed to give students experience in their field before or after graduation. This is only an option after you've been in the United States for one academic year.
    Make sure to check all the requirements for CPT and OPT.

If you are interested in pursuing one of these options while at Seattle University, we encourage you to contact us.

The Community

Our alumni network, faculty, staff, and students will ensure you are part of an ever-growing team, and if you're looking for a sense of community, Seattle University is among the most diverse independent universities in the Western United States. 36% of our students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, and we represent all 50 US states and 77 nations.

With approximately 100 clubs and student organizations, you will be able to find a student group or organization that shares your interests. Cultural heritage, sports, academic clubs, performing and visual arts are just a few of the student clubs that you can find at Seattle University.

Beyond Sports

Seattle has a wide variety of exciting professional, collegiate, and recreational sports, outstanding venues, and champion teams; but there is so much more that the Emerald city has to offer. The Cascade and Olympic mountains serve as a beautiful backdrop for the city and offer hiking and skiing opportunities just a short drive away. Puget Sound, Lake Union, and Lake Washington make Seattle a great spot for ferry rides, sailing, fishing, and other water sports. Seattle also has a vibrant nightlife, excellent cuisine, vast cultural offering, rich history, and a diverse environment. 


Maylon Hanold


(206) 296-2231

Rose Kaser

Program Coordinator

(206) 398-4610

Victoria Olive

Graduate Admissions

(206) 296-2217