International Students

An “international” student at Bates is someone who is not a U.S. citizen. If you are a U.S. citizen living outside of the United States, you should follow the same procedures as U.S. citizens when applying for admission or financial aid. The same applies if you are a permanent resident of the United States (holder of a “Green Card”) or a dual citizen (of the United States and another country).

Application procedures for Bates, as well as other American colleges, are quite different from those in many other countries. To gain familiarity with the terminology and basic procedures, we recommend visiting EduPass, which offers information on everything from cultural differences to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


For non-U.S. citizens, the Bates International Financial Form (PDF) is required whether or not you plan to apply for financial assistance.


The submission of standardized testing, such as the SAT I, SAT II, and the ACT, is optional for all students. Students who speak English as a second language are required to submit their scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language or a parallel form of testing* (this includes non-native English speakers who attend English-medium schools or live in the U.S.).

Bates does not offer courses for intensive English or English as a second language. While we have no minimum for the TOEFL score, the average score of the international students at Bates is 637 on the paper-based scale, 270 on the computer-based scale, and 100 on the internet scale.

Score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service or the College Board  and should be received by the deadline. The institutional code for Bates is 3076. Photocopies will not be accepted. Submitting unofficial copies of test results is not recommended. Learn about Advanced Standing.


*We will accept results from the following standardized tests in place of the TOEFL: The University of Michigan’s English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the University of Cambridge’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS) , the University of Cambridge’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), the University of Cambridge’s Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), the University of Cambridge’s First Certificate in English (FCE), the College Board’s English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT), the Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST), the Carleton Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment, and the Advanced Placement International English Language Examination (APIEL).


Frequently Asked Questions

+Who qualifies as an international student during the admissions process at Bates?

An international student at Bates is defined as a non-U.S. passport holder or permanent resident of the U.S. (Green Card) whose immigration status requires them to obtain a visa to study in the United States.

+I am a U.S. passport holder but I live outside the U.S. Am I considered an international student?

No. Regardless of the country of your residence, if you have a U.S. passport or you are a permanent resident of the United States, you are not considered an international student in the application process.

+Is the TOEFL required for all international students?

Our policy states that all non-native English speakers (even those who attend English-medium schools, or those who live in the US/ UK/ Australia/ New Zealand/ etc.) are required to submit a TOEFL score or some other parallel form of testing. We do not accept the SAT I in lieu of the TOEFL since this test is not designed specifically to evaluate English language proficiency.

The standardized tests which we are familiar with that are considered parallel tests to the TOEFL are:  the University of Michigan’s English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), the University of Cambridge’s International English Language Testing System (IELTS) , the University of Cambridge’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), the University of Cambridge’s Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), the University of Cambridge’s First Certificate in English (FCE), the College Board’s English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT), the Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST), the Carleton Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment, and the Advanced Placement International English Language Examination (APIEL). If you have access to any of these exams, we most certainly will accept your results in place of the TOEFL.

+Are the SAT/ACT test scores optional for International students as well?

Yes, the submission of standardized testing, such as SATI, SATII and ACT, is optional for all students applying to Bates. This includes international students. Since SATI, SAT II and ACT scores are not required as part of the application process at Bates, you will not be penalized if you choose not to submit your scores.

+Can I submit an attested copy of SAT/ACT / TOEFL scores, or do they have be sent directly from the testing service?

We request that all students submit their official SAT score reports through Collegeboard and their ACT and TOEFL score reports through ETS. Remember that Bates is test optional for SAT/ACT and you are not required to send in your SAT or ACT scores.

+Does Bates offer interviews to International students?

Yes, Bates offers interviews to all students during their senior year. If you will have the opportunity to visit campus prior to the application deadline, you are welcome to request by calling +1-207-786-6000. If you are unable to visit campus, you may request an interview via this webpage and we will do our best to connect you with one of our alumni representatives.

+Does Bates offer Skype interviews?

Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to offer Skype interviews at this time.

+Does Bates offer need-based financial aid to international students?

Yes. Bates meets 100% of your calculated need if you are admitted and your financial aid package will consist of grants (do not need to be paid back) and work-study (on-campus work opportunities). Note, financial aid packages for international students do not include loans.

+Is Bates College need-blind?

No. Bates College is need-aware. This means that a student’s financial aid intention may or may not impact their application decision. Bates has a limited pool of financial resources, and hence, we are unable to offer unlimited financial support to all applicants.

+Does Bates offer merit-based scholarships?

No, Bates does not offer merit-based scholarships. As Bates is committed to providing educational access for all students, all of our financial aid is need-based. Bates meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for students who qualify for aid, regardless of citizenship.

+What financial forms and documents do I need to submit?

All international students are required to submit the Bates Financial Statement for International Students. If you are applying for financial aid, please click here to learn more about the financial aid application process.

+Do I need to submit the Bates Financial Statement for International Students even if I am not applying for financial aid?

All international student applying to Bates are required to submit the Bates Financial Statement for International Students. If you are not applying for financial aid, you are not required to submit supporting documents.

+I am a Dual Citizen of the United States, do I need to submit the Bates Financial Statement for International Students?

No, if you are applying for financial aid, you will submit the FAFSA for federal aid and the CSS profile for institutional aid.

+How should I submit the financial aid documents?

You may send us scanned copies of the Bates Financial Statement for International Students form and the supporting financial documents via email to admission@bates.edu. Please make sure to list your full name as listed in the application and your application decision round in the body of the email.

+Does my financial aid package change between application rounds, such as Early Decision and Regular Decision?

No, your financial aid package will look exactly the same whether you are applying during the Early Decision rounds or Regular.