Students from around the world study in our on-campus and online degree programs so they can take advantage of Prescott College’s unique experiential education in sustainability, social justice, and liberal arts. You will learn from renowned faculty and receive hands-on experience in the high demand areas of environmental studies, adventure education, psychology, education and more.
Below is some information specifically for international students to help you with the application process. Be sure to check the requirements and deadlines specific to your program as well.
Some Things to Consider Regarding Online Programs
Prescott College offers a number of fully online programs, where we are able to incorporate our unique educational model with the flexibility of learning your way from your home community. You'll get to customize and tailor your degree so that you can study what inspires you. This is not a one-size fits all approach to college - this is you taking control of your education. Prescott College uses a groundbreaking bioregional approach to distance learning, in which students apply what they learn in each course to their local communities. Whether you're interested in researching regionally specific examples of sustainability, economic development, wilderness education, energy production, food systems, and social justice, counseling, or your desired area of study — you'll develop skills in leadership, group organization, and conflict resolution. You can find out a little more about them by clicking here. Please do note that international students are not eligible to enroll in our post-bachelor teacher certification programs at this time.
Generally, immigration regulations allow three online credits as part of your total enrollment to count toward full-time requirements for F-1/J-1 students. For immigration purposes, hybrid classes are considered in-person classes. However, for some sponsors hybrid classes are considered online classes. Many sponsors have strict policies and limits regarding the number of online or hybrid classes a student can take throughout their degree program at Prescott College. Please check with your sponsoring agency to confirm their policy on online coursework or you may be responsible for the cost of those classes or encounter difficulty authenticating your diploma with the Ministry of Education of your home country after graduating.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting the required minimum score on one of the following tests taken within the past two years:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, 79 on the Internet-based, or 20 in each section of the revised paper-delivered test.
- IELTS academic band score of a 6.5
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (ESOL) score of a B or higher
- PTE score of at least 53
If you have studied at a high school, college, or university in a country where English is the native language then you may be eligible for a waiver of the English language proficiency requirement, click here for more information.
International Credential Evaluation
All international applicants must send their official transcripts to a recognized NACES agency, click here for a full listing of recognized providers. The type of evaluation required depends on the level of education completed outside of the United States.
International applicants seeking admission into one of our undergraduate programs who completed high school or its equivalent outside of the United States but have not taken college or university-level credit can request a high school equivalency report.
International applicants seeking to transfer college/university credit from an institution outside of the United States to a Prescott College undergraduate degree, as well as applicants into any of our graduate programs (master's or PhD), will need to request a course-by-course equivalency evaluation of all university work completed. Once the evaluation is completed, a copy of the report must be sent to the admissions office directly from the evaluating agency.
Since the evaluation process may take several weeks to complete, please start the application early and pay close attention to the priority deadlines of your desired program. The applicant bears all costs of the transcript evaluation services.
Demonstrated Financial Support
In order to receive an I-20 form, which will allow you to apply for an F1 student visa, accepted international students (including students living in Canada and Mexico) must demonstrate ability to pay for tuition and living expenses for one year of study at Prescott College. Funds may come from any dependable source, including scholarships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, personal funds, or funds from the student’s family. Documentation of personal or family funds should be on official bank letterhead stationery, be dated within the past six months, be from an individual bank account and show funds that are immediately accessible and transferable. Credit card statements, business accounts, property value documents, solvency statements, statements of income, and insurance policies may not be submitted as sources of financial support. If you are receiving financial support through an outside scholarship or sponsoring agency such as the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission, Kuwait Cultural Office, etc. a recent copy of your support letter is required stating the amount of support and duration of the award. Photocopies, faxes, and scanned documents are accepted. It may be wise to get several sets of original financial documents.
Copy of Passport Identification Page
All accepted international students will be required to provide a photocopy of the identification page of their passport. This ensures that the name and date of birth listed on your I-20 is accurate. The name and date of birth on your application for admission must match those listed on the identification page of your passport. If the names on your admission letters, I-20 form, and passport do not match, you may have difficulty during your student visa interview or when you enter the U.S.