international graduate applicants

The general requirements for graduate admissions are given on the Graduate Application Process page. Additional documents required for international MA, MFA, and Post-Baccalaureate applicants are listed below.

English Language Proficiency 

SFAI’s rigorous studio and liberal arts curriculum demands a substantial mastery of English reading, writing, and verbal skills. If English is not your first language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  

To be admitted to the MFA program you must have a TOEFL score of 580 or higher (paper-based), 92 or higher (Internet-based), or 237 or higher (computer-based).

In lieu of the TOEFL, applicants may submit results of the Academic IELTS. To be admitted to SFAI's MFA program, a minimum Academic IELTS score of 7 is required. Please note, the General IELTS is not accepted.

To be admitted to the MA program you must have a TOEFL score of 600 or higher (paper-based), 100 or higher (Internet-based), or 250 or higher (computer-based).

In lieu of the TOEFL, applicants may submit results of the Academic IELTS. To be admitted to SFAI's MA program a minimum Academic IELTS score of 7.5 is required. Please note, the General IELTS is not accepted.

In some cases the English Language requirement may be waived at the discretion of SFAI. To be considered for this waiver please respond to the following questions and include this response with your admission application.

  1. Was the last degree that you earned at an institution outside of the U.S.?

  1. Did you earn your Bachelor’s degree from an institution where the language of instruction was English?

  1. Did you complete one or more years of graduate level coursework in English?

  1. If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, please submit to SFAI documentation from the institution that your studies were conducted in English. 

  1. Please submit a statement of one page or less with details below on your experience with the English language and why you feel you should qualify for a waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS.

Official sealed transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work, both completed and in-progress

SFAI requires the equivalent of a four-year U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher education. International students or students who studied at international schools must submit official copies of original academic documents or transcripts from all postsecondary schools, issued in their original languages and accompanied by certified English translations. If you have academic experience beyond a four-year bachelor’s degree, those transcripts must also be submitted.

Guidelines for the submission of documents or transcripts for several countries can be found in the chart below. Please refer to the country in which you attended school and submit the appropriate document. Transcripts and Diploma Supplements for three-year degrees from Bologna Accord countries will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

For countries not mentioned, please submit similar documents: four-year bachelor’s or equivalent degree, academic transcripts, and degree certificates. 

For questions about document requirements, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@sfai.edu

Country Please submit the following along with certified English translations of all documents
Argentina
  • Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Brazil
  • Four-year Bacharel or four-year Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Canada
  • Four-year bachelor's degree or bachelor's degree from Quebec
  • Official academic transcript
China
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcript with percentage scores
  • Official degree and graduation certificate
Colombia
  • Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
France
  • Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Germany
  • Diplom
  • Official academic transcripts for the Vordiplom and Diplom
  • Official academic diploma for the Diplom
Iceland
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Official academic diploma
India
  • Four year bachelor’s degree or master’s degree
  • Official university-issued mark sheets
  • Official degree certificate
Israel
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcript
Mexico
  • Four-year Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Pakistan
  • Four-year bachelor’s degree or master’s degree
  • Official university-issued mark sheets
  • Official degree certificate
Singapore
  • Four-year university bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcript
South Korea
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official academic transcript
Spain
  • Licenciado or Título
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma
Switzerland
  • Four-year Lizentiat or four-year Diplom
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Official academic diploma
Taiwan
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Official Academic transcript with percentage scores
United Kingdom
  • Honours bachelor’s degree or four-year bachelor’s degree (Scotland)
  • Official academic transcript
  • Official academic diploma

International Student Visa Requirements

It is strongly recommended that students begin the visa application process as early as possible.

For details on the required materials for the visa process, please see the International Students section of our website.

If you have questions regarding the visa application process, contact the Global Programs Office.