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Maine College of Art welcomes applications from international students. Due to the time involved in fulfilling legal requirements, it is recommended that international applicants submit all application materials six months prior to the start of the semester.

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International BFA Application requirements

To apply for undergraduate admission:

Maine College of Art welcomes applications from international students. Due to the time involved in fulfilling legal requirements, it is recommended that international applicants submit all application materials six months prior to the start of the semester.

To apply for admissions as a full-time or part-time Bachelor of Fine Arts degree student, the following items must be submitted:

  1. A completed and signed application form.
  2. A non-refundable $60 U.S. currency application fee.
    Checks, money orders, and credit cards are accepted. Please do not send cash.
  3. Two letters of recommendation, preferably from two of the following: art teacher, guidance counselor, current academic teacher, and/or employer.
  4. A portfolio of 15-20 pieces of your most recent artwork.
    Ideally, half of these pieces should be done from direct observation of three-dimensional, live situations.
  5. Official transcripts from all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended. All documents must be in English, therefore, official translations are required. Only original copies of transcripts will be considered official, and they must arrive in an envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. If originals are not available, certified copies must be presented. Photocopies are not accepted.
    Please note: If transfer credit is being sought, applicants must request a credential evaluation report through World Education Services – www.wes.org.
  6. Demonstration of English proficiency.
    If your primary language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The following are acceptable forms of documentation: 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA. 
    • Written TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 550.
    • Internet TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 79.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA. 
    • Score of 6.5. 
  • Graduation from a U.S. high school with at least 2 years of high school English, not in conjunction with English as a Second Language (ESL) and documentation of a B average or higher.
  • Completion of 2 consecutive semesters of English Composition taken at a regionally accredited U.S. college while carrying a full-time course load and not in conjunction with ESL. A minimum grade of B is required in each semester.

How to get an I-20 Form

You will need an I-20 Form to apply for a student visa through a US Consulate or Embassy. Once you have been accepted for admission and submitted a $300 enrollment deposit, MECA will issue you an I-20 Form. You will need to submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions in order to receive your I-20:

  1. Declaration of Finances (DOF) form.
  2. The United States Citizen and Immigration Service requires that international applicants submit to MECA a declaration of finances (DOF) indicating that the applicant has financial resources adequate to provide for his or her expenses without resorting to unauthorized employment. The amount declared must reflect the total sum of tuition, fees and living expenses for one academic year of study and must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at MECA.
    1. DOF form for BFA
  3. Verification of Finances (VOF)
    All funds declared on the DOF must be substantiated by a verification of finances (VOF) from the student’s bank or sponsor’s bank.  All documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars, or the bank must supply the current exchange rate.  Official and original documentation must be provided.  All supporting documentation must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at Maine College of Art.

Please note: It can take up to six weeks for an I-20 Form to be processed and delivered to most countries.  You are encouraged to submit this documentation as soon as possible, especially if mail delivery may be slow from the US to your country.

International MFA Application requirements

To apply for admissions as a full-time Master of Fine Art degree student, the following items must be submitted:

1. A completed and signed application form.
2. A non-refundable $70 U.S. currency application fee. Checks, money orders, and credit cards are accepted. Please do not send cash.
3. A letter of intent of roughly seven-hundred and fifty words that  describes the applicant’s intended field of exploration. The letter of intent should include  an analysis of the applicant’s current work and goals for graduate study. Goals may include material, cultural, or critical contexts.
4. Up to twenty digital images or 10 minutes of video maximum via the online Slideroom application or on a disk.
5. A full curriculum vitae (education, employment history, exhibitions, publications, honors, etc.)
6. Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Only original copies of transcripts will be considered official, and they must arrive in an envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. If originals are not available, certified copies must be presented. Photocopies are not accepted.
7. Two letters of recommendation written by individuals who can speak from direct experience about the applicant’s potential to thrive within a rigorous, cross-disciplinary graduate environment. Letters should address the candidate’s ability to work independently, to contribute to an intensive learning community, as well as the candidate’s artistic promise.
8. Demonstration of English proficiency. If your primary language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The following are acceptable forms of documentation: 

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA.

    • Written TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 550.

    • Internet TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 85.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA.

    • Minimum score of 6.5.

  • Graduation from a U.S. high school or  with at least 2 years of high school English, not in conjunction with English as a Second Language (ESL) and documentation of a B average or higher.

  • Completion of 2 consecutive semesters of English Composition taken at a regionally accredited U.S. college while carrying a full-time course load and not in conjunction with ESL. A minimum grade of B is required in each semester.

Some candidates may be interviewed by the Admissions Committee. Finalists may be required to make a presentation of their work to the Committee or submit additional written work as requested.

Accepted international students will need to complete the Declaration of Finances (DOF) form.

How to get an I-20 Form

You will need an I-20 Form to apply for a student visa through a US Consulate or Embassy. Once you have been accepted for admission and submitted a $300 enrollment deposit, MECA will issue you an I-20 Form. You will need to submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions in order to receive your I-20:

  1. Declaration of Finances (DOF) form. 
  2. The United States Citizen and Immigration Service requires that international applicants submit to MECA a declaration of finances (DOF) indicating that the applicant has financial resources adequate to provide for his or her expenses without resorting to unauthorized employment. The amount declared must reflect the total sum of tuition, fees and living expenses for one academic year of study and must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at MECA. 
  3. DOF form for MFA 
  4. Verification of Finances (VOF) 
  5. All funds declared on the DOF must be substantiated by a verification of finances (VOF) from the student’s bank or sponsor’s bank. All documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars, or the bank must supply the current exchange rate. Official and original documentation must be provided. All supporting documentation must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at Maine College of Art.

    Please note: It can take up to six weeks for an I-20 Form to be processed and delivered to most countries. You are encouraged to submit this documentation as soon as possible, especially if mail delivery may be slow from the US to your country.