- How To Apply
- 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.
Guidelines for International Applicants
To apply, follow the standard application directions. Here are some guidelines specifically for international students. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact your dedicated international admissions counselor.
Assistant Director of International Admission
- +1 413-528-7568
- Skype: lmarvel
- WeChat: elizabethmarvel
An interview with an admission counselor is required of each applicant. We’ll just
be getting to know you as a live, talking, thinking person. And we’ll be glad to answer
any questions you or your parents have about us. Interviews can be scheduled before
or after the application is submitted.
We prefer that the interview be in-person as part of a visit to campus. 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.
To schedule an interview contact Elizabeth Marvel.
Language Proficiency Requirements
Simon’s Rock courses require a strong facility with the English language. If you are
an international student with any of the following, you do not need to take the English Proficiency test.
- English is your first language
- You attended a school in which English is the primary language of instruction for
at least two years
- You studied in the United States or in an English-speaking country for at least two
If none of the above are true, you must submit scores from the Test of English as
a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Duolingo English Test (DET), or International English
Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants should have a TOEFL score of 100 or above,
DET score of 71 or above, or an IELTS score of 7 or above. Students who score below
these minimums will be considered for our Pathways to Academic Success (PACE) Program, which includes an English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum concurrent to the
Scores should be sent directly to Simon's Rock. Choose one of the agencies listed
below for your testing.
Test of English as a Foreign Language
Add Simon's Rock to your score recipients list by entering our ID code 3795
International English Language Testing System
Requests for score delivery to Simon's Rock must be submitted directly to the test
center where you take the IELTS test.
Duolingo English Test
Can be taken online at anytime. Once you receive certified test results, you can log
into your account, click on the “Send Results” button next to your test results and
select “Bard College at Simon's Rock.”
Financial Aid and Scholarships
International Students are eligible to receive Simon’s Rock institutional financial
aid and scholarships.
How to Apply for 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. Visa costs are to be incurred by the student and are not included in the cost of room
and board. Entry visa renewal periods differ by country and are subject to change
Bard College at Simon’s Rock is committed to creating a safe space for community members
of all citizenships, including immigrants.
Commitment to International and Immigrant Community
When to Apply
Most students apply to the College as 10th and 11th graders. Students in their last
year of high school (equivalent to U.S. grade 12) are eligible to apply to start college
in our spring semester, which begins in January. Students who graduate from high school
early or at a young age are also eligible to apply. If you are an 8th or 9th grader,
consider applying to Bard Academy.