Applying as an International Student
If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you are considered an international student. You will complete the same application and be evaluated the same way all Bennington applicants are evaluated. However, as an international student, there are a few additional steps.
English Language Proficiency
Any applicant (US citizen or international) must demonstrate English proficiency unless one of the following describes you:
- You are a native speaker of English.
- You will have been taught fully in English for at least three (3) years by the time you graduate secondary school.
If you do not meet the above criteria, you must submit one of the following to demonstrate English proficiency:
- TOEFL (Bennington score report code: 3080)
- ETS also recently launched TOEFL iBT® Home Edition to help test takers affected by test center closings.
- Duolingo English Test (DET)
- Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)
While Bennington does not a have a minimum score for these exams, successful applicants typically have at least 100 on the TOEFL, 7 on the IELTS, 120 on the DET, or 70 on the PTE Academic. In addition to these exams, we will use any writing samples in the application or interviews to further assess a student's English skills.
You must demonstrate competence in English before you will be considered for admission. The College does not offer courses in English as a Second Language (ESL).
Your official transcripts from all years of high school must be submitted directly from your school. If your transcripts aren't in English, an official translation should be submitted along with the originals. The equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma is required.
Standardized Test Scores | Optional
SAT and ACT are optional for all applicants. If you would like to include scores but are unable to have official scores sent directly to Bennington, you may request that your school official either submit them with the Common Application school report or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews are optional, but encouraged. These one-on-one conversations with an admissions counselor allow us time to get to know you, to hear about your goals and interests, and to learn about the questions that drive you and your work. Likewise, these discussions are a good opportunity for you to ask us about Bennington. Students who are unable to visit campus can schedule a video interview.
Scholarships and Financial Aid for International Students
International students may receive need-based and/or merit-based financial aid from Bennington. Financial aid is available to applicants in all decision rounds: Early Decision I, Early Decision II, Early Action, and Regular Decision. You must submit a financial aid application in addition to your admission application to be considered for need-based aid.
Required Forms and Important Notices
- If you intend to apply for financial aid, please review and follow the instructions. Financial Aid deadlines are the same as Admissions deadlines.
- Regardless of whether or not you will apply for financial aid, if you enroll at Bennington, you are required to submit an International Student Certification of Finances. This form, which must be received and approved before the College issues an I-20 Form, verifies that you have the financial resources for all coming years at Bennington to meet expected education costs not covered by financial aid. Financial aid recipients complete the Certification after accepting Bennington's offer of admission.