International Students

Cornish College of the Arts welcomes passionate students from around the world to apply for admission to our programs in the visual and performing arts. International applicants should follow the same application process as either a new freshman or transfer student.

English Proficiency

Students who are admitted to Cornish, but do not speak English as their native and current language must submit an official score from an English proficiency exam. Our minimum scores are:

  • TOEFL composite score of 75 (iBT); or
  • IELTS score of 6.0; or
  • PTE Academic score of 54.

Cornish requires these exam scores, or completion of the Prep Pathway, in order to begin classes.

Prep Pathway for non-native English speakers

Applicants who are admitted to Cornish, but do not have the required English test scores, may choose to pursue an English skill-building pathway offered by Seattle Central College. This pathway allows students to live in Seattle while taking courses to improve their English skills, and then transition to Cornish College of the Arts.

Information on the Prep Pathway at Seattle Central College can be found here.

Additional documents required

If you are pursuing a student visa to study in the United States, Cornish will also request:

  • Copy of your passport
  • If already in the United States, copy of your current immigration status paperwork
  • Documentation of English Proficiency
  • Financial records showing that you are able to cover your education and living expenses for the first year of study.

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