CPA Exam Requirements for International Students

The registration process for international students seeking to take the Uniform CPA Exam is very similar to the registration process for citizens and permanent residents of the United States. By the time you finish reading this blog post, you should have an excellent understanding of what you need to do to satisfy the CPA Exam requirements for international students. Let’s waste no time and jump right in.

First Things First

We have to settle this once and for all. Iggy Azalea is the realest, and she is so fancy 🙂 Now that we got that out of the way, the first thing you, an international student, need to determine is which jurisdictions (United States’ states or territories) participate in administering the CPA Exam to international students. A common question that arises is, “Is there some sort of uniform agency or organization that is in charge of determining CPA registration eligibility for international students?” In short, the answer is no. As NASBA puts it, “You must first select a participating U.S. jurisdiction, contact the Board of Accountancy (or its designee) in that jurisdiction to obtain application materials, and submit a completed application and required fees as instructed.” It is important to note, however, that the jurisdictions of Alabama, California, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, the Northern Marina Islands, and Virgin Islands do not participate in the international administration of the CPA Exam. Upon completing the steps above, you will receive a Notice to Schedule that will allow you to take the CPA Exam at an international location. For more information, please read The International Informed Consent Agreement.

Fees on Fees

As you may be aware, the CPA Exam fees can be pretty expensive across different jurisdictions. In addition to the domestic testing fees, you as an international applicant would be responsible for CPA Exam sections taken internationally. Specifically, the fees by section are the following:

AUD $307.97
FAR $327.49
REG $307.97
BEC $327.49
Total $1,270.92


Testing Locations

The country in which you are a citizen or hold legal status as a permanent resident determines which countries you are eligible to sit for the CPA Exam. For example, if you are from Japan, you are eligible to take the CPA Exam in either Japan or the United States. If you are from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, or Venezuela, you are eligible to take the CPA Exam in either Brazil or the United States. If you are from Bahrain, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, or Yemen, you are eligible to take the CPA Exam in Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, or the United States. For further clarification, please reference the International Testing Center Eligibility Table. However, if you receive a Notice to Schedule that is designated as international, you would not be able to take the CPA Exam in the United States. In order to do so, you would need to notify NASBA and request a domestic Notice to Schedule.

Lastly, although the CPA Exam is offered in countries outside of the United States, it is important to note that the CPA Exam is offered only in English. For additional information, please review International Testing FAQs or AICPA’s CPA Exam International Applicants. As always, remember to breathe.

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