Great news for international U.S. CPA candidates!

As of February 1, 2020, you are now eligible to sit for the U.S. CPA Exam in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany. Testing centers in these countries no longer require residency or citizenship to sit for the exam, so you can pursue your CPA without traveling to the U.S.

Along with making the test more convenient, this change will also allow you to reallocate time and financial resources that would have spent on travel to better prepare yourself for the exam.

How to Apply to an International Test Location

The application process for international test takers is very similar to the U.S. process. First, you’ll need to establish your eligibility, and then follow the basic steps outlined below.

  1. Register through a U.S. jurisdiction that participates in international testing. (Learn more here.)
  2. Contact the Board of Accountancy (or its designee) in that jurisdiction to obtain application materials.
  3. Submit your completed application and the required fees.
  4. Use the Notice to Schedule (NTS) you receive to apply to take the exam at an international location.

Locations and Eligibility Requirements

Testing Center Locations


The United States and GuamAll eligible CPA Exam candidates
England, Scotland, Ireland, and GermanyAll eligible CPA Exam candidates
JapanCitizens or long-term residents of:


The U.S.

BrazilCitizens or long-term residents of:

Antigua/Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St.Kitt/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent/Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, U.S. Venezuela

Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, UAECitizens or long-term residents of:

Bahrain, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, UAE, U.S. Yemen, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

Have Questions?

To find out if you’re eligible to take the CPA Exam or to learn more about the process of becoming a U.S. CPA, connect with one of our qualified international eligibility consultants. They can review your case, answer your questions, and help set you on the path to success – all for free.

Connect with a U.S. CPA Exam Eligibility Consultant