International Students

Drawn from around the globe, our students share a rich mixture of ideas, talents, customs and backgrounds in a collaborative environment.  Within a total collegiate student body numbering around 400, students hail from 35 countries, 35 states and speak more than 20 languages. Over 30% of our students are international.


English Language Proficiency:  

Students whose first language is not English must either submit a TOEFL, IELTS score or a certificate from ELS Language Centers in order to meet the English proficiency requirement for admission to the Conservatory. Scores received from tests taken more than one year prior to the application deadline are not valid. Photocopied score reports will not be accepted. International students who have completed at least two years of full-time academic study at an English-speaking college or university at the time of application may request to be exempted from this requirement. 

TOEFL [Test of English as a Foreign Language]:  school code of 4744

  • Master of Music:  80 ibt (71-79 considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Bachelor of Music, Artist Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma:  71 ibt
  • Professional Studies Diploma:  no minimum requirement, 61 preferred

IELTS [International English Language Testing System]

  • Master of Music:  6.5 IELTS 
  • Bachelor of Music, Artist Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma:  6.0 IELTS
  • Professional Studies Diploma:  no minimum requirement, 5.5 preferred 

English Language Services (ELS)

  • Master of Music:  level 110
  • Bachelor of Music, Artist Certificate, Postrgraduate Diploma:  level 109
  • Professional Studies Diploma:  no minimum requirement, level 107 preferred

Conditional Admission:  Non-native English speakers who do not meet the English language proficiency at the time admissions decisions are made, but who have submitted a TOEFL or IELTS score or are enrolled in ELS Language Centers, may be offered conditional acceptance to their desired program . Those students accepted with this status are eligible for Conservatory scholarships and have until July 1 to fulfill the English proficiency requirements. Those who do not fulfill the requirement will not be allowed to enroll at the Conservatory.

Professional Studies Diploma:  International applicants to the Professional Studies Diploma in Instrumental Performance degree program who are non-native English speakers must submit a TOEFL or IELTS score at the time of application.  This does not need to be a passing TOEFL score, but will be used as an indicator of English language abilities.  

In order to take academic classes while at the Conservatory, non-native English speakers must meet the English language proficiency requirements outlined above. Those Professional Studies Diploma candidates who do not wish to register for academic coursework  will be limited to taking the following courses: ENS 200–513, GED 210/211, GED 212/213, IND 500, IND 600, IND 650, PRF 202–342, PRF 352–362, PVL 600 or PVL 620. Students wishing to take any courses outside of those listed must receive special permission from the course instructor. 


International students must also provide notarized translations of their transcripts if the originals are not issued in English. The Office of Admission may require that international transcripts be evaluated by an organization specializing in foreign credential evaluation, such as World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

Required materials for international applicants applying for scholarship

International applicants applying for scholarship must submit ALL forms as described here in order to be eligible for merit-based and/or need-based scholarship. International students cannot be considered for any U.S. federal or state grants or loans, but can only be considered for Conservatory scholarships.