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International Applicants

Information for International Students and Applicants with International Transcripts

Transcripts | English Proficiency Requirement 
Conditional Admission | Certification of Finances
Employment |  Obtaining a Visa | Housing

The School of Education welcomes applications from international students (who seek to enroll on a student visa) for the following programs only:

MA in Education with emphasis in Early Childhood Education
MA in Education with emphasis in Child Life in Hospitals
MA in Infant Mental Health
MA in Educational Leadership 
Doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership

International applicants who will need a student visa to enroll should refer to each of the headings below as well as to the admission information for all applicants to the Mills College School of Education. Additionally, the Mills College Office of Graduate Admission provides an International Applicant Packet with specific descriptions of the procedures you must follow. Please be aware that it is very important to meet the application deadlines in order to meet these requirements. 

If you are applying as a US citizen or permanent resident but have completed undergraduate or graduate work in another country, please refer to the directions under Transcripts below.

Mills College requires all applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from outside the US to submit hard-copy official transcripts from their institution for all undergraduate and graduate work. If the transcript is written in a language other than English, we require one official transcript in the native language and one official transcript with a certified English translation. In addition, applicants are required to have their official transcripts evaluated by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to ensure that it is equivalent to a four-year US baccalaureate degree. 

Written recommendations sent in support of your application should speak to your English writing and speaking abilities, potential for success in graduate studies, as well as your commitment to your academic purpose. Special recommendation forms are provided as part of the online application or are available for download on the program application page.

English Proficiency Requirement
All non-native speakers of English are required to show proof of English language proficiency unless they hold a bachelor’s degree from an English speaking, regionally accredited university or college located in the US, Canada, Australia, or Great Britain. Mills College accepts the following for proff of English language proficiency:
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score 80 on iBT
International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum band score 6.5
English Language School (ELS) Level 112 Certificate
Duolingo English Test (DET) minimum score of 60%

Conditional Admission
Students who have met the program academic requirements but have not yet satisfied the English language proficiency may be admitted to Mills under the conditional admission policy. Students admitted under conditional admission may enroll in an English for Academic Programs course at an ELS Language Center and complete the ELS Level 112 Certificate, or meet the minimum TOEFL, DET, or IELTS requirements for their program prior to enrolling at Mills. Conditional admission is valid for up to one year. Students who do not complete the language requirement in that time must re-apply to Mills.

To learn more about the ELS Language Center, please visit www.els.edu.

Certification of Finances
The Certificate of Finances form and bank statement are due prior to enrollment. Mills cannot issue your form I-20 without these documents.

US government regulations require that international students show evidence of guaranteed funds to support their tuition and living expenses while studying in the US.

These funds may be provided by a person other than the student and this may be indicated on the Certificate of Finances form. Official documentation of the funds, usually in the form of a bank statement, is also required.

United States government regulations prohibit students with an F-1 student visa from employment off campus. While the visa does allow for on-campus employment, such jobs are very limited. International students in our ECE programs do often have assistantships in the Children's School.

Many third party or country-specific organizations may offer scholarships to international students. Please refer to this sampling of outside scholarships.

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.

Obtaining a Visa
When we send you the I-20 form, you will take the form, passport, and proof of your ability to support your college education (bank statements, letters of credit, scholarship letter, etc.) to the nearest US consulate. Please make an appointment in advance. An official at the consulate will stamp an F-1 visa inside your passport. Together with your I-20 form, this visa will enable you to enter the United States and to be a student at the institution named on the I-20. Should your plans of study change, you must contact us immediately to update your record and status. Consult with the nearest US consulate or embassy if you have any questions about the visa application process.

On-campus housing is available for graduate students. Please see the Housing section of the website for more information about on-campus housing. Mills College generally advises international students to plan to live on campus, if possible, in the first year in order to develop a support system with other students as they learn about the fascinating resources in the Bay Area.

If you plan to live on campus, the College recommends they apply for on-campus housing early. If you plan to live off campus, we advise you to research commuting options and neighborhoods or contact us for assistance.

Do You Have Questions?
If you have further questions about the graduate admission application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at +1.510.430.3309 or grad-admission@mills.edu.