As an international student, you may need to meet additional requirements when you apply, such as submitting proof of English proficiency and getting your foreign credentials evaluated.
In addition to the application requirements for your specific academic program, as an international applicant, you'll also need to submit the following documentation to be considered for admission:
After being accepted into a program, you'll have to submit the following to get a Form I-20 and to start the F-1 student visa process:
A credential evaluation helps our admissions team understand the courses you have taken, grades earned, or the degree you received from an institution outside of the United States. If you are applying to one of our programs with foreign credentials,
you'll need to obtain an independent credential evaluation to determine U.S. equivalency.
We recommend these agencies for your credential evaluation. Please contact the agencies directly for more information about their services.
Undergraduate Credential EvaluationCourse-by-course evaluations are required for admission into undergraduate programs.
Graduate Credential EvaluationGeneral or document-by-document evaluations are required for admission into graduate programs.
The transcripts you submit with your application must be original documents, bearing the official institution or college stamp, and must be received by our Admissions Office in envelopes sealed and unopened by the sending institution. Transcripts must be in English. If your transcript is not in English, please supply a notarized official translation of the transcript.
If an official credential evaluation is submitted, unofficial transcripts are acceptable so long as official transcripts were provided to the evaluation agency.
We want to ensure that you can successfully participate in the curriculum for your program. If your native language is not English, we require that you demonstrate your English proficiency through one of these options.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)To submit your official TOEFL score, indicate Lesley University's CEEB code of 3483. You must earn a minimum score of:
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Official Cambridge English Exam
ESL Program Partnerships in BostonWe have three English as a Second Language (ESL) program partnerships in Boston where you can attain English proficiency and satisfy the English language requirement for our programs. You must provide proof of successful completion of the program, and a letter of reference from the program coordinator or teacher in support of your English capabilities at the college level.
Undergraduate ApplicantsIf you have graduated from high school, secondary school, or an associate's degree program that was taught in English, you may qualify to have the English language proficiency requirement waived. If this is not noted on your transcript, please request a letter from your high school, college, or university stating that your language of instruction was English.
Graduate ApplicantsIf you have completed a college or university degree program in which the language of instruction was English, you may qualify to have the English language proficiency requirement waived. If this is not noted on your transcript, please request a letter from the registrar at your college or university stating that your language of instruction was English.
Need-based financial aid is not available to international students; therefore, applicants need to submit a certification of finances [pdf] from a bank stating that they have sufficient funds available to cover the cost of a Lesley education. The certification of finances must be dated and submitted no earlier than 3 months before the start of your first semester so as to be a current reflection of funds.
You can access an approximate cost total for each of our programs on our website that includes estimated tuition and fees, but does not include living expenses, books, or art supplies. Our Admissions Office will supply you with a more comprehensive estimation of expenses for your certification of finances.
We have calculated the approximate cost of one year of full-time study in our campus-based undergraduate programs.
To find your program's approximate cost, visit your specific program's web page and access the cost table from the left hand menu ("Program Cost").
Undergraduate: First-Year or Transfers
Undergraduate: Degree Completion
International Undergraduate Student Exchange
Graduate or Doctoral
International Student Services Office
International Student Orientation
F-1 Student Visa Process
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