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International Students

SCI-Arc’s diverse international student body comes from forty-eight different countries. Citizens from other countries are reviewed for admission on the same basis as citizens of the United States of America.

Our B.Arch, M.Arch 1, M.Arch 2 and Master of Science degree programs have been approved by the U.S. government as official STEM designated programs of study under its Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology category (CIP code 04.0902). STEM designation will allow highly skilled international students who graduate from SCI-Arc in the above programs of study, to apply for the 24 month OPT extension and possibly remain in the U.S. for a maximum of 36 months on the F-1 visa.

International students, who would like to apply please visit our International Applicants page for more information on procedures and requirements. 

All admissions application materials must be submitted in English. Applicants who have attended or are attending an educational institution outside of the United States (U.S.) are required to have their transcripts evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES), to determine the equivalence of their education to the United States educational system.

All international students applying from non-English speaking countries are required to submit official test scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score requirement is ninety-two (92) for the internet-based TOEFL, or a 7.0 band score for the IELTS. All test score reports must be uploaded directly to SlideRoom no later than the appropriate application deadline. SCI-Arc’s TOEFL School Code is 7802. Students who have successfully completed a minimum of two years of formal instruction at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction are eligible to waive this requirement. Only test scores completed within the past two years will be accepted. 

If accepted to SCI-Arc, students whose TOEFL/IELTS test scores do not meet our minimum requirement will be required to enroll in SCI-Arc’s four-week summer ESL workshop prior to the start of their program. 

I-20/DS-2019 Information

Upon acceptance to SCI-Arc, all international students will be provided with the documentation needed by the Office of Admissions in order to issue their I-20/DS-2019 Form. The I-20/DS-2019 Form is used to initiate the process for obtaining a visa (F-1/J-1). Documentation and specific details regarding this process will be provided to the student along with their acceptance letter. 

I-20s will not be provided to international students entering into SCI-Arc’s short term summer programs (Making+Meaning (M+M) and Design Immersion Days (DID). Students will be responsible for acquiring their own visa for the duration of the program. 

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