International Students

Rutgers is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the United States and is located in an area that is home to a wide variety of cultures. Applications from academically qualified international students are welcome and encouraged.

You are considered an international student if:

  • You are currently studying in the United States on a student visa (F-1 or J-1) in high school, college, or an English language program;
  • You intend to enter the United States with a student (F-1 or J-1) visa.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Overview

    • Click here for overview of the steps to completing an application for undergraduate admission for students who will hold an F-1 visa.

  • When to Apply

    • All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application and all necessary credentials by the due dates. For more information click here.

  • Applications

    • All applicants to Rutgers University use the same online application. Your application for admission is not complete until we have received all required items.

  • Academic Documentation

    • Your completed file consists of all the items included in the Checklist for Completing Your Rutgers Application. International students should also visit the International Student section of the university undergraduate admissions page here.

  • English Proficiency

    Regardless of US residency status, an English proficiency examination is required of all students whose secondary schooling has been outside the US in a country where English is not the principal language. Score reports must be from a test taken within the past two years and submitted directly to us from the testing service.

    Rutgers accepts the following standardized tests to determine the English proficiency of its international applicants.(the preferred test of the Mason Gross admissions office is the TOEFL iBT with all four sections; reading, listening, writing and speaking):
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB)
    • Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE)

    **Please note: Students who have earned a grade of "B" or better in a college-level English Composition course at an accredited US college (not a foreign affiliate) are exempt from the English language proficiency requirement. English courses that are designated ESL, non-native, or which require a special support component, or any courses taken outside the US, are not acceptable. Please also note that Rutgers University does not accept correspondence or online courses for the language proficiency requirement.

    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    • Acceptable TOEFL scores for Undergraduate enrollment at the Mason Gross School of the Arts are 550+ on the paper and pencil test (PBT) or 79+ on the Internet-based test (iBT). The Rutgers TOEFL code is 2765. Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • An IELTS score of 6.5 or higher on either the academic paper and pencil test or the academic computer-based test is acceptable. Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
    Michigan English Assessment Battery (MELAB)
    • The minimum acceptable score is 82 for Rutgers University-New Brunswick schools. Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service.
    Pearson Test of English - Academic (PTE)
    • The minimum acceptable score for the PTE is 53 system-wide. Your test score must be submitted directly to us from the testing service

    **If applicants do not meet the minimum scores required to enroll with a Mason Gross degree program, they may be conditionally admitted to our Performance and American Language Certificate program. For more information about the Mason Gross MPALS program please CLICK HERE. For more information about being conditionally admitted to Rutgers University based on English Proficiency please CLICK HERE.
     

GRADUATE STUDENTS

  • Overview

    CLICK HERE for overview of the steps to completing an application for graduate admission for students who will hold an F-1 visa.

  • When to Apply

    • All applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application and all necessary credentials by the due dates.

  • Applications

    • All applicants to Rutgers University use the same online application. Your application for admission is not complete until we have received all required items.

  • Academic Documentation

    • In order to receive your official admissions decision all supporting documents must be received by the posted due dates. All transcripts, mark-sheets, examination results, diplomas and degrees must be original or certified copies. If not issued in English, a translation must be provided from a professional translation agency.

  • English Proficiency

    • A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score is required if your undergraduate education was completed in a non-English speaking country. Even if you hold a master's-level degree from a U.S. or other English-speaking country you must still take the TOEFL or IELTS test.
    • Scores must be current within 2 years of the semester to which students are applying.
    • Students are exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores if they are a U.S. trained undergraduate or international applicant coming from English-speaking countries with a minimum of 3 years undergraduate education where the mode of instruction was English.
    • If students are missing required test scores, their application will not be reviewed by the graduate admissions committee.

    The Mason Gross Office of Admission's preferred ESL test is the TOEFL iBT with all four sections (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). Please note that the TOEFL PBT and CBT are being phased out. It is highly recommended students take the TOEFL iBT which includes an accurate assessment of the student’s speaking ability.
    Required minimum ESL scores for admission to a Mason Gross Degree program are listed below.
    TOEFL:
    TOEFL INTERNET (iBT): 83 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 75 (Graduate AD) **students applying to the MM, MA DMA and PHD programs mist earn a minimum of 22 on the writing, 23 on the speaking, 21 on the reading and 17 n the listening portions of the TOEFL iBT exam.TOEFL PAPER (PBT) **not recommended: 575 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 537 (Graduate AD) **students applying to the MM, MA DMA and PHD programs must earn a minimum of 5 on the TWE and/or 61 on the Written expression section of the TOEFL PBT exam.
    TOEFL COMPUTER (CBT) **not recommended: 233 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 203 (Graduate AD) **students applying to the MM, MA DMA and PHD programs must earn a minimum of 26 on the structure/writing section of the TOEFL CBT exam.
    IELTS:
    IELTS: 7.0 (Graduate MM, MA, DMA and PHD) and 6.0 (Graduate AD) **students applying to the MM, MA DMA and PHD programs must earn a minimum of 6.5 on the writing portion of the IELTS exam.

    ** Additional requirements for admission to some graduate degree programs: on-site writing sample is for all MM international applicants and all DMA applicants. Music Education Programs - scholarly writing sample is required for MM and DMA applicants. Interview for DMA.

APPLICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Please note: In order to receive an official admissions decision applicants must submit all required supporting documents by the posted due dates. All submitted transcripts, marksheets, examination results, diplomas and degrees must be original or certified copies. If not issued in English, a translation must be provided from a professional translation agency.

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