- 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.
International students greatly enrich our community with their perspectives and experiences.
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. 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
Guidelines for International Applicants
You’ll find general application instructions here; below are special considerations for international students. If you have any questions,
please feel free to contact your dedicated international admissions counselor:
International Admissions Counselor
The interview is an important part of the application process. It gives us the chance
to listen to you and learn more about your motivation for applying to early college.
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.
Bard College at Simon’s Rock provides an intellectually rigorous liberal arts education
to bright, motivated adolescents who are ready for college after the first or second
year of high school. Simon’s Rock is also home to Bard Academy. If you are a student
in a middle school program (or its international equivalent) who is ready for an enriched
9th and 10th grade experience that will prepare you for early college at Simon’s Rock, you’ll
find information about Bard Academy and an application for admission here.
Language Proficiency Requirements
Simon’s Rock courses require a strong facility with the English language. If English
is not your first language, and if you 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, you 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. Scores must be sent directly to the Office of Admission or included on
the official transcript; our TOEFL DI code is 3795.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
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.Scholarships are awarded based on
merit, but amounts of awards vary by need, so it is still important to complete a
financial aid application.To apply for scholarships and financial aid, international
students must complete the International Student Financial Aid Application and the International Student Certification of Finances. You should submit these forms at the same time as your application for admission
to be considered for the full range of merit-based scholarships and need-based financial
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.