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International Admission

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High School Summer Program Applicants

Because the High School Summer Training Program is a non-credit program, you will not need a student visa in order to attend. However, you may need a non-immigrant Visitor Visa if you are not a citizen of a country eligible for travel to the U.S. without a visa.

There are no additional documents necessary during the admissions process as an international applicant to the summer program. However, all application documents must be in English or translated into English. Because the program is taught entirely in English, participating students must be confident in intermediate written and spoken English.

Undergraduate Applicants (BFA)

You are considered an international freshman applicant if you were educated outside of the United States at any time during high school/secondary school; you are considered an international transfer applicant if you currently attend a college outside of the United States. In addition to the requirements on the Theatre School Undergraduate Admissions page, the following items may also be required of international undergraduate applicants:

Submit official transcripts, in the original language, from all high schools/secondary schools attended, for all years attended. If the official transcript is in a language other than English, you will also need to submit word-for-word English translations of all pages.

Students educated outside the U.S. for secondary school (high school) are required to submit an exam score that meets our English proficiency requirement. Students can demonstrate proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the following exams:

Test/Exam English Proficiency Requirement  Send Scores to DePaul
TOEFL 80 on the IBT TOEFL with no subsection lower than 17  ETS TOEFL
School Code: 1165
IELTS Academic 6.5 on the IELTS Academic IELTS 
Duolingo English Test (DET) 115 on the DET DET
SAT minimum evidence based reading and writing score of 540 CollegeBoard SAT
School Code: 1165
ACT minimum reading score of 18 and English score of 20 ACT
School Code: 1012
PTE Academic minimum English academic score of 53 N/A
Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test 59 on the PdT overall with no subsection lower than 17 ETS TOEFL
School Code: 1165

Note: TOEFL, IELTS Academic, and PTE Academic exam scores are valid for two years.  SAT and ACT exam scores are valid for five years. Scores that are older will not be accepted.


Graduate Applicants (MFA)

In ​addition to the requirements found on the Theatre School Graduate Admissions page, the following items may also be required of international graduate applicants:

If you attended a college or university outside of the United States for your undergraduate education, you must submit official educational credentials (transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates) and an evaluation fee directly to one of three evaluation companies. The evaluator will then provide DePaul with a general evaluation of your studies and certified copies of your international educational credentials which will be used during the admissions review. It does not matter which company you choose to use; choose only one:

DePaul will not accept evaluations from any other evaluation companies and will not accept any international educational transcripts/credentials without an evaluation from One Earth, ECE or EP. To determine what credentials you need to submit for an evaluation, please refer to the website of your chosen evaluation company. 

If you are a non-native English speaker who has not completed a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States, you must submit test scores as proof of English language proficiency. Test scores are official only when sent to us directly from the testing vendor. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.

Test/Exam English Proficiency Requirement  Send Scores to DePaul
TOEFL Required: 80 on the TOEFL with no subsection lower than 20. We prefer to see TOEFL scores of 96 or higher with all sections 22 or better. ETS TOEFL
School Code: 1165
IELTS Required: 7.0 on the IELTS with all section scores of 6.5 or higher. We prefer to see IELTS scores of 7.5 or higher. IELTS 
Duolingo English Test (DET) 115 on the DET DET

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