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International Admission

As a prospective student coming from outside of the United States, there are additional materials (listed below) that you will need to submit as part of your application to The Theatre School. 

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)

In addition to the requirements on the Theatre School Undergraduate Admissions page, the following items may also be required of international undergraduate applicants:

Transcript Translations

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.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Students educated outside of the U.S. for high school/secondary school are generally required to submit proof of English proficiency, unless this requirement is waived by one of DePaul's International Admissions Counselors. Students who completed all four years of high/secondary school in a country whose official/native language is English may be exempt. Click here for a list of countries that meet this requirement. Otherwise, you can prove your English proficiency through any one of the following:

  • A minimum TOEFL score of 80, no section lower than 17 (internet based TOEFL), 213 (computer based TOEFL), or 550 (paper based TOEFL). DePaul University's institutional code is 1165. You can access information about the TOEFL test and register at
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5. To learn about the IELTS test and register to take the test, please visit
  • A minimum evidence based reading and writing score of 550 on the SAT
  • A minimum reading score of 18 and an English score of 20 on the ACT
  • A minimum Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic score of 53. To learn more about the Pearson Test of English please visit

For 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:

Transcript Evaluation

If you attended a college or university outside of the United States, 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 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. 

Proof of English Language Proficiency

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 either TOEFL or IELTS scores as proof of English language proficiency. The minimum scores for admission to The Theatre School are a TOEFL score of 80 (with all section scores of 20 or higher) or an IELTS score of 7.0 (with all section scores of 6.5 or higher.) We prefer to see TOEFL scores of 96 or higher (all section scores of 22 or better) or IELTS scores of 7.5 or better. Test scores are official only when sent to us directly from the testing vendor.

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