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International Students Procedures & Deadlines

International students are warmly received into the MICA community. The presence of students from around the world enriches the quality of our student body. The College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. International students must meet all of the requirements for admission as freshmen or transfer students. In addition, they must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English for success in coursework at an American college.

International applicants should make substantial and realistic financial plans for proposed study in the United States. Certification of funds available to support each year of study at MICA will be required. We will send the certification statement form to you upon receipt of your application. Information regarding financial statements can also be found on the Admission & Financial Aid section of MICA’s Web site under Questions Frequently Asked By International Students. Annual expenses for international students typically run higher than for domestic students, due to travel costs and mandatory health insurance. International students are not eligible to work off campus during the first nine months of their student visa status in the United States. 

Before an international student leaves his or her home country, the student should have a letter of acceptance from MICA and a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant (F-1) Student Status (Form I-20) from the College. Students should make certain that their passport and visa are in order before coming to the United States.

To complete all requirements for admission, an international student must submit the following application materials to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Step 1: Application Form

You may apply using either the MICA Online Application or the Common Application (for Fall 2016). Please select one option to complete your application process. The application fee is $70 total ($60 application fee; $10 portfolio submission fee).

If you are unable to use either of these applications, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 410-225-2222 or admissions@mica.edu.

Step 2: Portfolio of Artwork

The portfolio should be a selection of recent artwork that represents your artistic interests and demonstrates your technical skills and ability. You should include examples of artwork that reflect the full range of your ideas, interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date.

Applicants must submit a portfolio of 12-20 pieces of artwork. Please follow the instructions provided in either the Common App or MICA Online Application to upload your portfolio submission.

Step 3: Essay

Choose one of the writing prompts listed on both the Common App and MICA Online Application forms and write an essay (250 word minimum).

Step 4: Letters of Recommendation

The recommendations of teachers, college counselors, or other professionals who can comment on your art and academic experiences are important to your application. At least one letter of recommendation is required for your application.

Please follow the instructions provided in either the Common App or MICA Online Application to submit your recommender requests and allow them to upload their letters of support through the application service you selected.

Step 5: Activities & Interests

Compile a list of activities, interests, and honors as explained on both the Common App and MICA Online Application forms.

Step 6: Transcripts

Applicants must provide official transcripts of all secondary academic work. Your counselor may submit your transcript through Common App (if you have chosen that application option), Parchment, email (records@mica.edu) or mail. Your transcripts must be translated into English by an approved translator. World Education Services (WES) is recommended, but not required.

Step 7: Test Scores

If your native language is not English you must demonstrate proof of English language proficiency to gain full admission. MICA requires a score result on The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 80 IBT (internet based test). MICA also accepts a band score of at least 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). SAT or ACT test scores may also be considered as a test of English proficiency. Your application will not be reviewed for admission without test scores, which must be received by application dealines: February 1 - April 15 for freshmen, March 1 - April 15 for transfer students. If you have not yet achieved the minimum score requests listed above, you should submit your current scores for review by these deadlines. After evaluation of all your admission materials, you may be admitted on a conditional basis with the requirement that you achieve minimum test score results within a limited amount of time to be granted full admission. For more information about the TOEFL exam, visit their website at www.toefl.org or e-mail toefl@ets.org.

Step 8: Immigration Information

Indicate your current immigration status and your intentions regarding immigration by completing the Immigration Information Form available online. This is required before a Form I-20 can be issued. Please complete this form even if you do not plan to study under an F-1 student visa.

Step 9: Demonstration of Ability to Finance Your Education*

Submit an Affidavit of Support and/or Certificate of Finance available online, as well as a notarized bank statement certifying that sufficient funds are available to support your study at the College. This is required before a Form I-20 can be issued.

*May be submitted upon receipt of admission notification

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Fall Enrollment

  • December 15 Application deadline to be considered for Early Action (Admission notifications mailed January 15).
  • January 15 Application deadline to be considered for Early Action II (Admission notifications mailed February 16).
  • February 1 Priority admission application deadline for FRESHMEN (applications received after this date will be considered until April 1 if space is available)
  • March 1 Priority admission application deadline for TRANSFER students (applications received after this date will be considered if space is available)
  • February 29 – March 4 Notification of admission decisions mailed to FRESHMEN who applied by February 1
  • April 1 Notification of admission decisions mailed to TRANSFER applicants who applied by March 1
  • April 15 Admission application deadline for FRESHMEN and TRANSFERS
  • May 1 Candidate Reply Date for FRESHMEN: tuition and housing deposits due
  • May 20 Candidate Reply Date for TRANSFER students: tuition and housing deposits due

Spring Enrollment

  • November 5 Application deadline for FRESHMEN & TRANSFER students (applications received after this date will be considered if space is available)
  • December 1 Admission notifications mailed
  • December 15 Candidate Reply Date: tuition and housing deposits due

International Frequently Asked Questions

To find out more about international student admission, view our Frequently Asked Questions.