International Student Admission

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Rhode Island College welcomes international students, who add to the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of our campus community.

International Admissions Process

We look forward to sharing our international admissions process with students who wish to study or who are currently studying in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa. This does not include permanent residents (who can supply a copy of both sides of their resident alien card) or refugees. International applicants who are transferring from another U.S. college or university must notify the registrar of the "sending" institution of their plans to transfer to Rhode Island College.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, currently we do not offer scholarships for international students. 

International students pay the out of state resident tuition and fees.

More on RIC Tuition and Fees

Proof of English proficiency can only be waived for students whose native language is English and who are applying from a country whose native language is English. 

We currently do not offer application fee waivers.

We currently do not offer a fee waiver code for English proficiency exams. 


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RIC is an exclusive member of the Common Application. All students applying for undergraduate admission must submit the Common Application. 

International Admissions Process

Application Requirements

  1. A completed Common Application and $50 nonrefundable application fee. International students currently living or studying in the U.S. must also supply a home country address on the application. 
  2. Official transcripts of all academic records. Transcripts from any institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by a US evaluation company such as Spantran Pathways - Rhode Island College (offers discounted services) or any current member of the National Association of Credential Services (NACES). Evaluations must include an equivalency of your credentials in terms of U.S. education, a course-by-course evaluation with grades, and English translation.
  3. English Proficiency Scores
  4. Financial Declaration Form

English Language Proficiency

Students whose native language is not English are required to submit English proficiency scores. We currently accept scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and Duolingo English Test. 

Test Scores

Minimum required scores:

  • TOEFL (Web-based): 79
    TOEFL (Computer-based): 213
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • Duolingo: 110

Student Visas

If you are accepted to Rhode Island College and require an F-1 Visa, financial documentation totaling the cost of attendance is required prior to receiving your I-20 Form.

Currently Rhode Island College does not accept J-1 Visas. Students would need to obtain an F-1 along with their J-1. 

Students can not enter the US on a B1/B2 Visa and expect to change it to an F-1 when they are in the US. 

Important Deadlines

  • Early Action: December 15
  • Spring Admission (January): December 15
  • Regular Decision: March 15 (The deadline for fall 2024 admission has been extended. There's still time to apply now)
  • Enrollment & Housing Deposit: RIC has made the decision to extend our enrollment deposit deadline. Enroll now!

Tuition and Fees

International students pay the out of state tuition rate. Undergraduate Tuition and Fees provides this cost and additional details. In addition, students should be familiar with the housing costs if they decide to live in one of the residence halls on the Rhode Island College campus.

International students are not eligible to receive federal student aid or Rhode Island College merit scholarships. 

Meet Our International Admissions Counselor

We look forward to sharing our international admissions process with students who wish to study or who are currently studying in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa. 

One-on-one appointments are offered virtually on Zoom and last approximately 30 minutes. During your appointment you will learn more about the international admissions process and will have the opportunity to ask questions. 

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Contact Us

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

If you need information about the application process, scholarships and financial aid, transfer credits, and more, our dedicated team of admissions counselors are here to guide and support you from your first campus visit to your first day of classes.