International Applicants

Bates welcomes students with a variety international backgrounds and experiences to apply. Non-U.S. citizens, dual citizens and permanent residents with the United States, and Americans studying abroad for secondary school all contribute to the dynamic global community at Bates. In total, over 80 countries are represented among the Bates student body.

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, consider exploring EduPass, which offers information on everything from cultural differences to English-proficiency exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies as an international student during the admission process at Bates?
An international student at Bates is defined as a non-U.S. citizen whose immigration status requires a visa to be in the United States.

I am a U.S. citizen but I live outside of the United States. Am I considered an international student?
Your application is reviewed by where you attend school currently, so your candidacy will be reviewed by a member of our International Admission Committee. For financial aid, you are considered domestic due to your U.S. citizenship. You are a student with an international background.

Who is required to submit an English-proficiency test?
If English is neither your native language nor the primary language of your secondary school instruction, then results of an English-proficiency test, the TOEFL or IELTS, are required. The Office of Admission accepts all versions of the TOEFL or IELTS tests.

Is standardized testing optional for international students?
Yes, the submission of the SAT or ACT has been optional for all students applying to Bates since 1984. Your application will receive full consideration for admission whether or not you choose to submit these standardized tests.

Can I self-report my standardized test scores, or do they have to be sent directly from the testing service?
We accept both official and self-reported test scores. Review our webpage for more details on score submission.

How much is the application fee to apply to Bates?
The U.S. $60 application fee is automatically waived for non-U.S. citizens applying to Bates for first-year admission – no requests for fee waivers or additional financial documents are needed.

Non-U.S. citizens applying for financial aid and seeking transfer admission are eligible for a fee waiver. To receive a transfer application fee waiver code, please email Margaret Galligan-Schmoll at

Does Bates accept recorded interviews conducted through InitialView or Vericant?
Yes. InitialView and Vericant include a recorded interview and writing sample. Please list Bates as a recipient for your recorded interview and designate a star or heart if Bates is a top choice college for you.

Does Bates offer need-based financial aid to international students?
Yes. Bates meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, regardless of citizenship status. Your financial aid package will consist of scholarship grants and on-campus employment. Bates’ financial aid packages for non-U.S. citizens students do not include loans.

What financial forms and documents do I need to submit?
Non-U.S. citizens are required to submit a bank letter if you are not applying for financial aid. If you are applying for need-based financial aid, please submit the CSS Profile. If your parents are divorced or separated, each parent will complete their own CSS Profile. If the CSS Profile fee presents a serious financial hardship to you and your family, you may complete the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA) and upload it to your application status page after you apply.    

As a non-U.S. citizen, can I apply for financial aid after being admitted to Bates?
No. The intent to apply for need-based financial aid must be indicated prior to the release of your admission decision.

Is Bates College need-aware?
Yes. This means that, on occasion, a student’s financial need may impact their admission decision. Bates has a generous, but limited, pool of financial aid for non-U.S. students.

Does Bates offer merit-based scholarships?
No. Bates is committed to providing educational access for all students so our financial aid is need-based. Bates meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for admitted students who qualify for aid, regardless of citizenship status.

I am a dual citizen or permanent resident of the United States. Do I need to submit financial forms for non-U.S. citizens?
No, if you are applying for financial aid, dual citizens and permanent residents with the U.S. will submit the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.

Would my financial aid package be better if I applied Early or Regular Decision?
Your financial aid package will be the same if you are admitted to Bates through either round of Early, or Regular Decision.

Is Bates a Davis-partner college?
Yes! If you attend one of the United World Colleges, you are eligible for U.S. $25,000 per year towards your need-based financial aid from the Davis Foundation .

Can I contact a current Bates student?
You are welcome to Ask a Student. Due to privacy, the Office of Admission cannot provide contact information for additional Bates students without prior approval from that current Bates student.