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Instructions for International Students

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International applicants are responsible for completing all of the application requirements to our degree programs.  Below is information on additional requirements specific to international students.


Submit all official academic records (transcripts or mark-sheets) for each year of post-secondary education (college/university), as well as official copies of the degrees you have been awarded. Copies of credentials must be validated by a school administrative officer such as a registrar or an official of the issuing institution, and must be attached to a certified (notarized) English translation and in original envelopes.

TOEFL Results
In addition to the standardized test requirement, students who speak a language other than English as their native language must also provide evidence of proficiency.  A minimum score of 100 on the iBT (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Please enter the Lynch School of Education code 3240 to ensure that the score report is sent to us, as student copies or photocopies are not accepted. 

You can obtain application forms and information about testing dates for the TOEFL from many U.S. consulates, USIA Centers, and TOEFL centers overseas by writing to: TOEFL Registration CN 6152 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 USA, or by going to

The TOEFL score is not required if:

  • you are a citizen of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English-speaking country of the Caribbean;
  • you earned your prior college or university degree in the U.S. or one of the countries listed above;
  • you are currently enrolled as a full-time student in a U.S. degree-granting program or at an American or English-speaking school in one of the countries listed above and will have completed two academic years of college/university work before beginning your studies at Boston College.

In order to attend the Lynch School of Education you must certify that you have sufficient funds.  Admitted students must first notify the Lynch School of their intention to attend Boston College, and must then submit a Confidential Declaration of Finances Form verifying the student's ability to cover his/her educational and living expenses.  This form requires you to specify the amounts and sources of funds, accompanied by official documentation (bank letters, etc.)  The Lynch School will supply this form upon offer of admission.  You should not submit this form until you have received an offer of admission from the Lynch School.  Not all expenses can be covered by BC financial aid; therefore, students must have personal resources to support their graduate study.

In computing expenses and funds, please note:

  • If your spouse will be joining you in the United States you will need to add at least $4,000 to the amount you will be required to certify; if your children will be joining you add at least $2,000 per child.

  • Students holding the Student (F-1) or Exchange Visitor (J-1) Visas will not be authorized to work except under extraordinary circumstances; therefore, the applicant should not look to employment, either part-time during the academic year or full-time during the summer, as a means of support while at BC.  Spouses who accompany students to the U.S. on the F-2 Visa are not permitted to accept any kind of employment in the U.S.

Visa Authorization

Provided this documentation is in order, BC will issue a Certificate of Eligibility Form (Form I-20 for an F-1 Student Visa or a Form DS2019 for a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa) for the student's use in obtaining a Visa. 

The Office of International Students and Scholars offers resources for incoming international students, including information on the Visa Application Process

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More than 76 countries are represented in the graduate student population.  Our international students provide diverse intellectual, cultural, and geographical perspectives and contribute to the learning environment of the Lynch School.