Information for International Graduate Students
Transcripts | Recommendations
English Proficiency Requirement
Conditional Admission | Certification of Finances | Scholarships
Obtaining a Visa | Housing
We welcome your interest in Mills College. As an international student, you will find that understanding the American regulations on international student admission is of utmost importance to your success in enrolling in a graduate program. The International Applicant Packet and information below describes the specific procedures that you must follow if you apply to and are admitted to Mills.
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. There is no exception to this requirement.
English Proficiency Requirement
Graduate programs in English require minimum TOEFL scores of 600 on the paper-based test, 100 for the internet-based test, an IELTS overall band-score of 7.0 or higher, or 70% on the DET. All other programs require a minimum of 550 on the paper-based test, 80 for the internet-based test, an IELTS overall band-score of 6.5 or higher, or 60% on the DET.
It is the expectation of Mills College that all students meet the minimum English proficiency requirements for their program. For students who receive a score just below the required minimum, they may retake the TOEFL or IELTS, enroll in ELS, or take the DET and receive a passing score.
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 must 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, IELTS, or DET 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.
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.
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
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.
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