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).