International Application

International Applications require additional materials beyond the standard application materials. Please review the following requirements.


Video Requirement

All international students (non-US citizens) must submit a three-minute video. State your name and your intended major. Answer each of the following questions:

  1. How do you plan to advance your community as a result of your study in the field of communication?
  2. Discuss a significant person in your life and describe the ways in which you have been influenced (positively/negatively and why).
  3. If you were to describe where you grew up to someone who hadn’t visited there before, what would you highlight?

Please post your video on a video hosting website like Vimeo or Youtube. You are welcome to password protect the video, if you wish, but please remember to include the password with the link. You must write this link on a Microsoft Word document or PDF; you will need to upload the document to your online application. Our application system does not allow you to upload a video file.

Test Codes

  • TOEFL: Institution Code 3245, Department Code 83
  • GRE: R7090

Required exams

Students who have studied at a NON-English speaking school must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS. Information on these tests may be obtained at U.S. embassies and consulates, information agency offices, education commissions and foundations, and binational centers.

TOEFL Minimum Scores

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of all applicants who
did not study at an English-speaking school. All College of Communication graduate
programs require a minimum TOEFL score of 100. Applicants who do not meet this
requirement will not be considered for admission.

On your testing day, use TOEFL institution code 3245 to indicate BU COM as a recipient
of your scores. Please allow 6–8 weeks for results of paper and pencil tests and two
weeks for internet-based test results.

To make arrangements to take the TOEFL visit

IELTS Minimum Scores

We require a total score of 7.0 or higher on the IELTS. Scores below 7.0 on the IELTS will not be considered for admission.

Please Note

Students who have studied at an English-speaking school must only take the GRE.