International Applicants

International Applicants

In order to be eligible for admission, international applicants must hold, or be in the process of obtaining, the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree. In addition to the standard application documents, international applicants are required to submit a transcript evaluation (see below ) and an English proficiency exam (see below), depending on where they completed their baccalaureate degree.

Please note:

  • Do not submit bank statements, proof of funds, or photocopies of passports with application materials.  Financial documents only need to be submitted if an applicant is offered admission, and these documents should never be sent to the Office of Admission.
  • Any documentation not issued in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

Application Deadlines

In order to provide enough time for visa processing, applicants who will require a student visa to attend Teachers College must submit their application by the following deadlines:

  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: February 1
  • Fall: June 1

Please note that if your program has an earlier deadline than the above, you must abide by the program deadline. Visit the Academic Programs page to confirm the application deadline for your intended program.

International Transcripts

Applicants who have completed, or are completing, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees at institutions outside of the United States are required to submit a course-by-course translation and evaluation. The evaluations must be prepared and sent by one of the two providers listed below.

Please note this does not pertain to students from the United States spending a semester or year abroad, often referred to as "study abroad."

Teachers College will accept evaluations from the following organizations:

These organizations provide several types of evaluations. Please select the course-by-course evaluation option to ensure your evaluation meets our requirements for admission review. To have your evaluation sent to Teachers College, select "Teachers College - Columbia University" (for WES) and "Teachers College, Columbia University" (for ECE). Evaluations sent to Columbia University will not be received by Teachers College.

Applications are not considered complete without a course-by-course evaluation. The determination of degree equivalency to a U.S. degree is at the discretion of the College. Once submitted to Teachers College, the evaluation becomes an official academic record and sole property of Teachers College upon its receipt.

English Proficiency

If you received your baccalaureate degree from an institution where English is not the sole official language of instruction, you must submit official scores from one of the below accepted English proficiency exams. Please note that an English proficiency test is required, regardless of where you received a graduate degree (if any).

In order to be considered official, scores must be sent directly from the testing administrator and have been taken within the past 2 years. 

The accepted tests and minimum scores are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum score requirement: 100 internet-based test (IBT)
    Teachers College institution code: 2905
  • IELTS English Language Test - Minimum score requirement: 7.0

If you have taken the TOEFL exam multiple times and your MyBest Score meets the minimums posted above, please have ETS send us score reports from all applicable test dates. Then, please contact the Office of Admission at to move forward with your application. 

Please note, applicants to the programs in Applied Linguistics and Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) must meet different minimum requirements on the tests above. Please consult the program website for more information.

Visa Information

If you require a student visa to attend Teachers College, the Office of International Students and Scholars will provide you with instructions after you have been officially admitted. 

  • Do NOT send bank statements, proof of funds, passport copies, or other visa-related documents to the Office of Admission.
  • TC does not provide student visa sponsorship for Advanced Certificate and Non-Degree students. An international student must gain acceptance into a degree program to receive a student visa (F1/J1) through TC. Non-degree or Advanced Certificate students must make their own arrangements for immigration/visa status.
  • If you have been invited by current TC faculty to collaborate on research, OR a TC faculty is your dissertation advisor, please contact the Office of International Students and Scholars for more information on the visa application process.
  • We strongly encourage you to apply for admission as early as possible to allow time for visa processing. 
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