International Applicants

Applications from international applicants are welcome to our on-campus and online degree program offerings. For more information about student visa types, please visit the United States Department of State, Education USA web site at: https://educationusa.state.gov/your-5-steps-us-study.

On-Campus program admissions

International applicants applying to any of our on-campus degree programs will be required to apply for a F-1 student visa or have an existing and active F-1 student visa status at another institution that can be transferred upon admission into Prescott College. All international applicants admitted into any of our on-campus programs are required to attend an on-campus orientation and complete all of their degree requirements (coursework) as a full-time student on the Prescott College campus.

Online program admissions

International applicants applying to the PhD or the MS Counseling program will be required to attend an on- campus orientation and a series of on campus residencies as part of their degree program. Therefore, if admitted, an international student must be prepared to apply for a short-term F-1 student visa to ensure their attendance at the on-campus orientation and each of the required residency components of their program. International students enrolled in any of our distance programs may complete their degree at a part-time or full-time pace.

English Language Proficiency

International applicants whose primary language is not English, or who attended school in a non-English speaking country, must prove English proficiency. Applicants must demonstrate the following minimum scores taken within the last two years to demonstrate their English proficiency to demonstrate academic readiness to pursue their studies at our institution.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, 79 on the Internet-based, or 20 in each section of the revised paper-delivered test.
  • IELTS academic band score of a 6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (ESOL) score of a B or higher
  • PTE score of at least 53

International Educational Evaluation

Transcripts from other countries must be evaluated by an international credential evaluation service. Original  educational documents of high school and/or college transcripts and proof of a conferred degree is required. All international applicants or applicants who are U. S. citizens who have obtained high school or college/university credit from an institution outside of the United States must submit official transcripts for an evaluation by an approved and accredited NACES agency, click here for a full listing.

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International applicants seeking admission into one of our undergraduate programs who have not taken college/university credit from an institution outside of the United States can request a high school equivalency report. International applicants seeking to transfer college/university credit from an institution outside of the United States to a Prescott College undergraduate degree, as well as applicants into any of our graduate programs (master’s or PhD) will need to request a course-by-course equivalency evaluation. Since the evaluation process may take several weeks to complete, please begin your application completion process according to our priority deadlines. The applicant bears all costs of the transcript evaluation services.

Demonstrated Financial Support

All accepted international applicants (including applicants living in Canada and Mexico) must demonstrate ability to meet educational expenses while studying at Prescott College for the first year. This is called “financial certification.” This is the same standard that consular and Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) officers will use to determine an applicant’s financial stability. Applicants should anticipate that they will be required to present documentary evidence of financial support at the time they apply for a visa and again to the CIS when they arrive in the United States. Funds may come from any dependable source, including scholarships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, personal funds, or funds from the applicant’s family. Documentation of personal or family funds should be on bank letterhead stationery, or in the form of legally binding affidavit from CIS. It may be wise to get several sets of original financial documents.

Identification Documentation

All accepted international applicants will be required to show proof of their identity through a valid passport to apply for a F-1 applicant visa. Applicants with a current active F-1 applicant visa from another U.S. college or university may request a transfer through the institution’s designated school officer. Additional information on the F-1 applicant visa process can be found on the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.