Mills College is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students and encourages applications from graduates of colleges and universities abroad that have the equivalent of a regionally accredited four-year US bachelor's degree, and international students who have graduated from US universities. Admission of international students is highly competitive and is based on a close examination of a variety of credentials.
International applicants must submit the same application materials as American applicants. In addition, international applicants are required to submit additional supporting materials; see below.
Certification of Finances
International applicants should be aware that financial assistance is very limited. Even applicants who receive financial aid must be prepared to contribute significantly to the cost of their education. Failure to pay outstanding fees prevents students from registering for classes and endangers maintaining valid visa status.
US government regulations prohibit students with an F-1 student visa from off-campus employment. Mills College is, unfortunately, unable to offer on-campus jobs to international students except in situations where departmental assistantship opportunities are awarded upon acceptance. Mills financial aid is very limited, and the College cannot guarantee assistance to any graduate student.
For fall admission, these tests should be taken by the end of October of the preceding year. International students interested in applying for spring admission should contact the Office of Admission as soon as possible to discuss application and visa timelines.
Most programs require a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test, 80 for the internet-based exam, or an IELTS overall band-score of 6.0 or higher. Graduate programs in English and computer science require minimum TOEFL scores of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 for the Internet-based exam, or an IELTS overall band-score of 7.0 or greater.
The I-20 form will allow international applicants to apply for an F-1 student visa to study in the United States. Applicant students should make an appointment at their nearest U.S. consulate in their country and take the I-20 form, their passport, proof of their financial ability, proof of payment of SEVIS fee, and copies of their educational records to their appointment. Upon consulate approval, an official at the consulate will affix an F-1 visa inside the passport. Together with the I-20 form, this student visa will enable the student to enter the United States.
It is important for international students to follow US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations. A prospective student may not obtain an I-20 from one institution and use it to attend another. International students must be in continuous full-time enrollment in order to maintain their valid student visa status.
The College advises international applicants to communicate clearly with the US Consulate or Embassy in their country to receive the most accurate information and guidance in seeking opportunities for study abroad.
If international students plan to live on campus, the College recommends they apply for on-campus housing early. If international students plan to live off campus, the Office of Graduate Admission advises them to research commuting options and neighborhoods.