International Applicants

What is the estimate of expenses for international applicants?

The International Students and Scholars Office provide an estimate of expenses that should be sufficient for one year of attendance at Boston University. The estimate of expenses for international applicants may be found here. Please note that the Estimate of Expenses is updated on a yearly basis.

How should international applicants provide proof of financial support?

International applicants applying to a masters program must provide financial documents that demonstrate the ability to pay for your expenses at Boston University for a minimum of one year. We accept checking or savings bank account statements, bank loan statements, scholarship award letters, and support letters from the government or independent organizations. The financial documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars. It should clearly state your name and/or sponsor’s name. If sponsored, a legalized letter from your sponsor is required. More information can be found hereAll documents should be original copies. Photocopies are not accepted.

The financial documentation is NOT required for international Ph.D. applicants.

Must I submit the International Applicant Coversheet?

The International Applicant Coversheet is part of the online application. The form should be completed, signed and mailed to the Admissions Office with a copy of your passport and financial documentation. If the applicant sends the documents after recommendation of admission, this could cause delays in the admissions and visa process.

Do you accept the IELTS instead of the TOEFL?

Yes, we do accept the IELTS. The minimum score required of international applicants is 6.5. Please visit the IELTS website at for more information regarding testing dates and score reports.

What is the TOEFL minimum requirement?

The minimum score requirement is 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). For the computer-based test the minimum score for each section are as follows: Reading-21, Listening-18, Speaking-23, Writing-22.