Am I considered an International Student?

You will notice that our enrollment statistics indicate that a growing percentage of our student population has been educated abroad (nearly 15 percent in the Class of 2019). At Barnard, the broad category of "international student" may apply to:

1.    a citizen of a country other than the United States who has been educated abroad

2.    a US citizen educated abroad

3.    a US citizen or citizen of a country other than the United States who has been educated at an international school which follows a system similar to the United States


Perspective in Context

Applications for admission to Barnard College are always read with careful consideration of contextual information that might affect student course selection, i.e. the rigor of the curriculum, a student’s individual life circumstances, and, in the case of international students especially, global and cultural perspective. The Office of Admissions acknowledges that students who live abroad may have education experiences that differ from their peers who studied in the United States, and we recognize this important factor as we review applications. We also value the fact that international applicants, regardless of citizenship, have much to offer from their backgrounds and experiences as global citizens.


Application Requirements

The Barnard community includes undergraduates from all over the world. Barnard welcomes applications from international students following the same application procedure and presenting the same credentials, or the regional equivalent, as domestic candidates. Fluency in the English language is essential for admission. Please submit materials as described under the Application Requirements for First-Years or Transfers (no separate International Student application is required). In some cases, additional credentials may be required, as described below.


Secondary School Curriculum and Credentials

Barnard expects each applicant to challenge herself in the most demanding curriculum available. In order to help us understand your transcript better, please note the following:

  • Students must request that their high school and/or college send an official TRANSCRIPT or EXAM RESULTS via e-docs or mail. (Certificates or copies of certificates are NOT required and should NOT be submitted)
  • Students with transcripts or official documents not issued in English need to provide certified English translations along with the official documents.  (Your school may be able to guide you to third party organizations who regularly provide these translations.  Contact us if you have questions.)
  • Students who apply for admission during their last year of secondary school should clearly state the name of the certificate or degree they expect to receive and when they will receive it. Students who have taken external national or board examinations should submit examination results as well as transcripts for each year of secondary-level study.
  • Students should NOT submit other academic or activity certificates.


Required Testing for International Students

All students are required to submit official results from either the College Board SAT Reasoning Test OR results from the ACT Assessment Test. Learn more here about the SAT exam and the ACT exam.

In addition to SAT/ACT requirements, students whose primary language is not English and who have studied in English for less than four years should submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Contact us with questions if you are unsure whether these exams would be required.

If students are able to travel to a country where the SAT is offered, it is strongly recommended that they do their best to sit for the required testing. (For students in China, for example, the SAT is offered in Hong Kong and the ACT is offered at several sites in China. We also recognize that SAT exams have been restricted in Korea this year. Please let us know if you have specific questions, and we will consider minor adjustments to testing requirements based upon circumstances for international students.)

The most competitive candidates for admission generally receive a score of 7 or higher on the IELTS or a TOEFL score of 600 or above on the written test, and 100 or above for the Internet-based test.



An interview with a representative of the Barnard community (senior interviewer, staff member, alumna) is an option available, but not required, for first-year applicants in their senior year of high school. International students are invited to schedule an interview if they plan to be on campus between mid-June and mid-December.

If students are unable to travel to campus, it may be possible to arrange an off-campus interview with an alumna near your home between mid-September and December.

Information about scheduling on-campus or alumnae interviews may be found here.

For students in China and South Korea, we often have far fewer alumnae interviewers than we have requests. Additionally, the time difference between the United States and Asia further complicates our ability to offer Skype interviews, so we have connected with an organization that offers comprehensive interviews. For one fee, they send your interview video/report to all colleges on your list that use their service. Please contact the following organization directly for more information:


If you are concerned that fees would present a hardship for you and your family, please do not hesitate to contact us at for an alternative solution.



Students who are attending high school in Mainland China are invited to contact Jennifer Fondiller at with questions. Students attending high school in all other non-US locations should contact Joseph Martinez, Coordinator of International Recruitment, at Alternatively, please contact


Financial Aid for International Students

Barnard’s financial aid program supports the College's institutional priorities of access, quality, and diversity. All Barnard aid is based on financial need, and we are committed to offering the College's educational opportunities to as many students as possible. Unfortunately, limited federal and state aid funds severely restrict Barnard's ability to cover the need of all eligible international first-year applicants. A small number of need-based scholarships are available to international first-year students each year. Selection for these scholarships is extremely competitive and, given that Barnard meets full demonstrated need for admitted students, the review of applications for admissions for International Students is need sensitive.

International students with financial need should review International Financial Aid information and submit the appropriate forms by the dates required. Barnard is unable to provide financial aid to international transfer students

Students who are not US citizens or US permanent residents are considered international or foreign applicants for financial aid purposes. However, if a student’s parents file a US federal income tax return, the family should complete a CSS PROFILE Application instead of the College Board International Student Financial Aid Application.


College Board PROFILE Form for International Students

Students who are not US citizens or permanent residents are considered international applicants for financial aid purposes. Given that international applicants are not eligible for federal and state aid resources, Barnard’s ability to assist all eligible international applicants with institutional funds alone is seriously constrained. Barnard College has designated a small fund to provide scholarships for entering first-year international students. Consideration for these awards is extremely competitive. Applicants who wish to be considered for aid should complete the College Board PROFILE form for International Students by February 15 and must submit documentation of foreign income to Financial Aid. Please note: International students who have not applied for aid at the time of admission should not expect financial assistance during future years at Barnard. In addition, please note that we are unable to assist transfer international students.


United World College Students

United World College (UWC) students bring a wealth of experience from all over the world to the Barnard College community. Through a unique partnership, any UWC graduate admitted to Barnard with financial need will receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 provided by the Shelby Davis Fund. Please note that UWC graduates will be evaluated for need using the same guidelines as all other Barnard financial aid applicants.