International Applicants

An international student at Bates is someone who is a non-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 English-proficiency exams.

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. 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 country. Am I considered an international student?
No. Regardless of the country of your residence, if you are a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident, you are not considered an international student in the financial aid process.

Who is required to submit an English-proficiency test?
If English is neither the native language nor the primary language of secondary school instruction, then results of an English-proficiency test like the TOEFL or IELTS are required.

Is standardized testing optional for international students?
Yes, the submission of standardized testing (such as SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT) is optional for all students applying to Bates. Your application will receive full consideration for admission whether or not you choose to submit your standardized testing.

Can I submit a certified-true copy of my standardized test scores, or do they have to be sent directly from the testing service?
If submission of your official standardized testing presents a financial burden for you and your family, your secondary school official can submit a certified-true copy of the original test report with the Common Application Secondary School Report. If you are admitted to and enroll at Bates, then official score reports must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service or the College Board.  The institutional code for Bates is 3076.

How much is the application fee to apply to Bates?
The application fee is automatically waived in the Common Application for non-U.S. citizens applying to Bates for either first-year or transfer admission. No requests for fee waivers or additional financial documents are needed.

Does Bates offer interviews to international students?
Bates offers interviews to students during their final year of secondary school. If you will have the opportunity to visit campus prior to the application deadline, you are welcome to request a personal interview online. If you are unable to visit campus, you may request an alumni/a interview, although there might not be any trained interviewers in your area. It is rare for international applicants to have a personal interview as part of the admissions process.

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

Does Bates offer Skype interviews?
If the Admissions Committee has questions regarding your candidacy after reviewing your application, a member of our staff may contact you to schedule a Skype interview.

Does Bates offer need-based financial aid to international students?
Yes. Bates meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for admitted students. As an international student, your financial aid package will consist of scholarship grants and on-campus employment. 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, on occasion, a student’s financial need may impact his/her application decision. Bates has a generous but limited pool of financial aid.

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

What financial forms and documents do I need to submit?
All international students are required to submit either the College Board’s Certification of Finances form if not applying for financial aid or, if applying for need-based aid, the International Student Financial Aid application.

I am a dual citizen of the United States, do I need to submit forms for international students?
No, if you are applying for financial aid, dual citizens with the U.S.  will submit the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.

How should I submit the financial aid documents?
You may send scanned copies of the Certification of Finances, International Student Financial Aid application, and supporting financial documents via email to Please list your full name as listed in your application in your email.

Would my financial aid package change between application rounds, such as Early or Regular Decision?
No, your financial aid package will be the same whether you apply for Early or Regular Decision.

As an international student, can I apply for financial aid after being admitted to Bates?
No. The intent to apply to financial aid must be indicated on the admission application.

What if a recent natural disaster in my area has affected my ability to submit my application before the deadline?
For relevant information about application deadlines, financial aid, fee waivers, and testing, please see our message for students and educators affected by recent natural disasters.