You are considered an international student if you do not have U.S. citizenship, dual-U.S. citizenship, or have permanent residency.

Emerson College happily welcomes students from across the globe to participate in our Pre-College program. The Pre-College program offers high school students the opportunity to further their academic foundation. Due to the pandemic, all pre-college programming for 2022 will be online.

Please carefully review the following information:

1. Applying to a Summer Pre-College Program

Deadline: International students must submit all application materials by May 27, 2022.

  • All of Emerson's Pre-College Studio Programs and Summer Institutes for high school students are available to international students, with the exception of Digital Filmmakers which is open only to domestic US students. 
  • You may apply to two programs if you wish. If you apply to two programs, you must send us all required application materials for both programs.
  • If you are applying to one of the Pre-College Credit Programs — Acting, Creative Writers Workshop, Design/Tech for Stage and Screen, Musical Theatre, and Politics, Activism & Leadership Institute— you must submit an official secondary school transcript translated into English with your application.

2. Language Proficiency Test

For students from countries where English is not the national or primary language: Take the TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English, Cambridge English (Advance or Proficiency) or PTE Academic

If your native language is not English, you must provide proof of your proficiency in the English language.

If you are an International Baccalaureate (IB) student, or if you attend an English immersion school, you are not required to send TOEFL or IELTS scores. However, we require a letter of English proficiency from an instructor or a guidance counselor. 

If you submit one of the English Proficiency Examinations, please note the minimum score requirements for admission to Emerson College:

We will accept scores from the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition. At this time, we are unable to accept the IELTS Indicator and TOEFL ITP Plus for China.

3. Frequently Asked Questions

As an international student, can I apply to the Online Summer Pre-College Programs?

Yes. You can apply to the Online Summer Pre-College Programs, with the exception of Digital Filmmakers which is open only to domestic US students. 

Do I need an F-1 visa to apply to the Online Summer Pre-College Programs?

No, you do not need an F-1 visa to apply to any of the pre-college courses or programs that take place online. 

What format will online courses and programs take place?

The Summer Pre-College Programs will be offered both synchronously via Zoom and asynchronously via Canvas and the schedule will be Eastern Standard Time (EST).

If you have any additional questions, please contact: PreCollege [at]