Information for International Students
Simon’s Rock enthusiastically welcomes applications from international students. Living with and learning from a diverse and talented group of peers is a key component of a Simon’s Rock education. International students greatly enrich our community with their perspectives and experiences. Our small classes and the personalized attention students receive both inside and outside of the classroom help international students to adjust to life on campus and in the United States. In recent years, our student body has included individuals from Brazil, Bermuda, Burma, Bhutan, China, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Israel, Kenya, Korea, Kosovo, Mexico, Namibia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Turkey, Singapore, Sudan, Tibet, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom.
We understand that international students may not be able to come to campus for an interview and are happy to arrange a skype or telephone interview at your convenience.
Simon’s Rock courses require a strong facility with the English language. Applicants for whom English is not a first language, and who have not studied in the United States or in an English-speaking country or attended a school in which English is the primary language of instruction for at least two years will be required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. For regular entrance, applicants should have a TOEFL score of 100 or above, or an IELTS score of 7 or above. Applicants who are prepared for the greater challenge of college at a younger age, but who need further instruction to advance their English language skills should consider applying through the Pathway to Academic Choice and Excellence (PACE) program at Simon’s Rock, which requires a TOEFL score above 80 or an IELTS score above 6.5.
International Students are eligible to receive Simon's Rock institutional financial aid and scholarships. All first-year applicants are considered for scholarships; a separate scholarship application does not exist. But do apply for financial aid since many scholarships include a need-based component; that is, recipients are selected on merit while amounts vary by need. To apply for scholarships and financial aid, international students must complete the International Student Financial Aid Application and the International Student Certification of Finances. Apply for both admission and financial aid by February 1 to be considered for the full range of merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid.
Students living abroad, who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States, will require a student visa to study at Simon's Rock. Following admission to the college, applicants requiring a visa will be sent an I-20, with which they may begin the F-1 student visa application.