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The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences has a wide-ranging international student population that ensures a richly diverse and stimulating environment. We welcome applications from all over the world. If you are not a citizen of the United States or do not hold official United States Permanent Residency status, you will need to provide the following additional information with your application:

  • Certified English translations of all transcripts and academic records. We encourage international applicants to visit our Frequently Asked Questions section on submitting transcripts.
  • Official English proficiency score report sent directly from testing organization which meets the minimum requirements.

English Language Proficiency

International Student Visa Documents

If you are offered admission following the academic review of your application and then accept that offer of admission, you will be notified via email to submit the documents listed below. International students must apply for the most appropriate visa that will allow you to enter the US to begin or resume your academic activities. Please review the University’s student visa process information page. Important: After you accept the offer of admission, you will receive an email with a link to set up your BU Login (“Kerberos Account”) and BU Email (“Office 365 Outlook”).  Please set it up as soon as possible as you will receive your I-20 at your BU email address.

***Our review of your international documents will begin on April 15, 2024, after the University announces the new tuition rates for the upcoming academic year. The University’s International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will start reviewing your file on May 1, 2024. In most cases, U.S. consulates will not issue any student visas before May 1, 2024, and international students on new student visas are not allowed to enter the U.S. before August 5, 2024.***