International Applicant Checklist

Please begin by reviewing the First-Year or Transfer application checklists, as all application credentials listed on these pages are also required for international students. In addition, international students are also required to submit:

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English Proficiency Testing Results

If your first language or the primary language spoken in your home is not English, you must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). However, an applicant may request an English proficiency waiver. Waiver requests must be received by the application deadline and must accompany a complete application. The decision to waive the English proficiency requirement is at the discretion of the Board of Admissions. To submit a waiver request, please email

InitialView and Vericant Interviews

As an additional way to demonstrate your English language proficiency, BU recommends scheduling an optional interview with InitialView or Vericant. Please note that the submission of TOEFL or IELTS results are also required.

Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP)

If your TOEFL or IELTS score is below the required minimum, it is possible that you can still be admitted to BU by attaining the minimum score before classes begin. You may choose to come to campus early and enroll in intensive English courses at our BU Center for English Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP). Once you’ve achieved proficiency in English, you can continue your studies at BU.

Copy of Data Page of Passport

All international students must supply a photocopy of the photo/data page of their current, valid passport. This can be uploaded via the Common Application, emailed to, or faxed to 617-353-5334. PDF is our required file format.

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