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International Student Resources

As an international student, you’ll apply as either a first-year or transfer, but with additional requirements. Use this page to learn more about our application process, financial aid and scholarships, and English language proficiency requirements.

The University of Rochester prides itself on being a global village. We are home to over 4,800 international students and scholars from around the globe. As a Rochester student, join a welcoming and diverse community that embraces students from all backgrounds around the world and more than 120 different countries.

Applying as an International Student

To become a student at the University of Rochester in the undergraduate College of Arts, Sciences and Engineering, you must apply either as a first-year or a transfer applicant. Please click on the appropriate box below to see all the required and recommended application materials.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

The University of Rochester is committed to welcoming international students each year who represent cultural and ethnic diversity from a wide variety of countries. We understand that there are numerous factors that may affect a student’s ability to pay for their college education. In some cases, the University will work with students and their families to identify available financial resources to make it possible for the student to attend.

During the application process, international applicants are required to demonstrate they have the financial means (either through private funds or sponsorship) to attend the University of Rochester. The documentation you must submit will depend on your  financial situation below.

Applicants who are able to meet the full cost of attendance must submit a completed International Financial Support Form (IFSF) with their application for admission.

  • Your application will remain incomplete without a completed IFSF on file.
  • Acceptable sources of funding are listed on the IFSF.
  • Applicants securing funding from their government, a private sponsor, or other source of funding not listed on IFSF should submit a copy of a sponsor letter as supporting documentation.

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If you are unable to meet the full cost of attendance for Rochester without need-based aid or sponsorship from the University, you must submit the CSS Profile.

  • The CSS Profile is used to determine your potential eligibility for need-based University of Rochester grant funding and must be completed each year of attendance.
  • Due to limited resources, only a small number of international applicants will qualify for need-based financial aid from the University.
  • Applicants unable to secure the needed funding to cover the cost of attendance either through private funds or sponsorship cannot be admitted to the University.

Merit Scholarships

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, are considered for merit scholarships. No additional documentation is required to compete for a merit scholarship. Since merit scholarships are awarded independent of a student’s need, you must still submit the appropriate documents with your application as described above to complete your application for admission.

English Language Exams

If your native language is not English and you completed your secondary or higher education in a non-native English speaking country, you must take either of the TOEFL or IELTS exams to demonstrate English language proficiency.

We encourage any student who takes the Duolingo English Test to also submit their results as part of their application. Rochester accepts Duolingo results as an optional item, but still requires the TOEFL or IELTS as proof of English proficiency.

Exam Recommended score Typical ‘strong’ score
IELTS 7.5 8.0+
TOEFL iBT Test 100

Admission to the University of Rochester is based on a holistic review process. Applicants whose test scores fall outside of the ranges displayed above are still encouraged to apply. If we evaluate your English proficiency to be at a level that would benefit from additional support to succeed at Rochester, you may gain admission through the English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP).

EAPP is a two-semester program that gives students additional time to focus on critical reading, reasoning, writing, and research skills. Students in EAPP begin coursework for their Rochester degree and EAPP in their first semester. Applicants to Rochester cannot apply to EAPP.

Requests to Waive English Proficiency Exams

Applicants may submit an English Proficiency Waiver Request if they meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • You are a native speaker of English
  • You completed at least three years of high school where English was the primary language of instruction
  • You are a transfer applicant who has completed a year or more of college-level courses taught in the United States, including at least one writing-intensive course

Waiver requests will be reviewed after the submission of an application and transcript. If approved, your application status will automatically be updated. International applicants must submit English proficiency exam scores or request a waiver by their application deadline.