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International Students


Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

International students seeking admission to a degree program must submit an official TOEFL or IELTS score report. The ETS code for the Woods College of Advancing Studies is 3276. We require a minimum TOEFL score in the range of 90-100 (iBT). IELTS requires a minimum score range of 6.5-7.5. These criteria may be waived if English is the main/primary language of instruction at your school, which must be indicated in an official letter from the institution. While test scores and grades offer some indication of students' academic promise and achievement, we also value highly other aspects of each applicant, for example, strength of character, extracurricular distinction, personal statement, recommendations, and personal qualities.
Official transcripts of all high school and college level work (translated in English) and a copy of Passport/Visa are also required.

Please note international students pursuing a program with a student visa will need to complete the program in 1.5 years (3 academic semesters).


For all international students and non-native English speakers, interviews are conducted as part of the application process. The purpose of the interview is for the admission committee to gain a better sense of an applicant and how the program fits his or her academic and vocational needs. Additionally, the interview provides the committee an opportunity to assess a student’s specific information and to address the unique needs one may have in transitioning to Boston College.  The interview will last no more than 15 minutes.  Interviews will only be scheduled once an application has been submitted.


Admission Deadlines

Spring 2018: November 1st
Fall 2018: June 16th 

Official transcript submission for international applicants

All students who have, or are currently attending, an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation  indicating the following:

For BA applicants: conferral of a secondary school degree that is equivalent to a U.S. high school’s degree from an accredited institution.  

For MS applicants: conferral of an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  

This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral.
This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted to complete the application.

Please request a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation for all international institutions where a degree was conferred from one of the following agencies:

Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117

World Education Services Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087


International students accepted to a degree program must also complete and submit a Declaration and Certification of Finances (DCF) form:

For applicants to the Bachelor of Arts program - Bachelor's DCF form.
For applicants to the Master of Science in Leadership & Administration program - MSLA DCF form.
For applicants to the Master of Science in Applied Economics program - MSAE DCF form.

Please do not submit the DCF form as part of your application. This form is completed ONLY after acceptance into your program.

Additional resources for accepted international students can be found in the Office of International Student and Scholars International Student Handbook and Welcome Guide.

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