Application details for International Students
Moore College of Art & Design welcomes women from around the world to pursue their education in the visual arts here in Philadelphia. Approximately 75-80 percent of the international students who complete the application process are accepted.
Throughout the College’s history, we have hosted students from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Poland, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Norway, Russia, Italy, India, Mexico, Kenya, Austria, Latvia, South Africa, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Sweden, Senegal, Liberia, Iran, the United Kingdom, Spain, the United Arab Emerates, the Czech Republic, Colombia, and Egypt.
International students are encouraged to work with EducationUSA advisors in their home countries, if they are applying from abroad. EducationUSA centers actively promote United States higher education around the world by offering accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information about education institutions in the United States and guidance to qualified individuals on how best to access those opportunities. Millions of prospective students learn about U.S. study opportunities through EducationUSA centers each year. Centers are staffed by professional advisers, many of whom have first-hand experience having studied in the United States themselves, and/or having received State Department-approved training about United States higher education and the advising process. Go to www.educationusa.state.gov/ for more information.
Completed Application with $60 Application fee.
All prior college and secondary school transcripts. Transcripts must be in English. For foreign credit evaluation, we suggest contacting World Education Services at 1.800.937.3895. WES can also easily be accessed on their website at www.wes.org.
TOEFL Test scores including The Test of Written English (minimum score 527 for the paper-based exam, 197 for the computer-based exam, 71 for the net-based exam). Go to www.toefl.org for more information. Students may opt to submit International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores in place of TOEFL scores. A band score of 6 must be achieved on the academic module for admissions consideration. Go to www.ielts.org for more information.
Portfolio of original artwork. For international applicants we accept portfolios via PDF.
Learn more about preparing your portfolio
Letter of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
International students are eligible for extensive merit scholarships. The average merit award for international students is about $10,500. The amount of merit scholarship a student receives is based upon her academic record and portfolio.
International students are not eligible for need-based financial aid from the College or the US government.
International students who are accepted to the College must provide financial documentation to prove that they will be fully funded throughout their program of study. An I-20 form will not be issued until the Admissions Office has received satisfactory financial documentation.
International Institutional Workstudy Program
All international students are guaranteed up to 10 hours per week of on-camus employment. Students are paid directly in exchange for employment.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit
Moore College of Art & Design may award a maximum of 3.0 studio elective IB credits and a maximum of 9.0 liberal art IB credits.
Regarding studio credits, the College may award 3.0 credits if a student receives a score of 7 on the Standard Level examination, or 3.0 credits for a score of 4 or better on the Higher Level examination.
Regarding liberal art credits, the College may award 3.0 credits per applicable exam if a student receives a score of 4 or better on a Higher Level examination.
No Standard Level examinations will be considered for liberal arts transfer.
Moore College of Art & Design may award 3.0 credits toward the liberal arts requirement for any CEEB Advanced Placement Examination in English, Art History or History with a score of 4 or better.
In addition, a maximum of 3.0 credits from AP studio art may be awarded with a score of 4 or better. These credits may be transferred in as a studio elective.
An official report of scores must be submitted to Moore directly from the College Board, Advanced Placement Program, Princeton, NJ.
Students are notified of AP credits awarded prior to registration.
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For more information about International Admissions, please contact:
& International Admissions Coordinator
Moore College of Art & Design
20th Street and The Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103