International Applicants

There is not a separate application for international applicants. Please complete the application appropriate to you status as an incoming first-year or transfer student. You should indicate your citizenship according to the passport with which you plan to enter the United States.

Who is an international student? An international student is anyone who brings an international perspective to campus. Every year Brown welcomes students from around the world. In fact, about fifteen percent of our students come from abroad. The International Students Resources web portal provides links and information to support services and offers a view of what you can expect as an international student at Brown.

If you decide to apply, we encourage you to review the following information that is unique to international students. The Guide for Applying contains important information on the application process in general. Please also review the information for first-year applicants or transfer applicants, depending upon your situation.

Admission Criteria
In considering whether or not Brown is the right choice for you, you should feel confident that your accomplishments would allow you to be admitted to a leading university in your own country.

Brown first-year students will have completed 12 years of primary and secondary schooling. You should plan to sit for national examinations, such as the GCE A-levels, German Abitur, French Baccalaur√©at, and submit the predicted scores for those examinations as part of your credentials for admission to Brown. 

Students who have completed 13 years of schooling and who have completed their external national examinations for college-level work with exceptional results may be eligible for some advanced standing or transfer credit at Brown once they become sophomores. International certifications most commonly earned by our students are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-levels; other national "13th-year" certification programs, however, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. It should be noted that neither course credit nor enrollment credit is granted for AS or O-level exams.

A student who wishes to apply for advanced standing in order to graduate in fewer than eight semesters must present his or her official credentials for review by the appropriate academic dean and departments. Whether or not a student formally receives transfer credit for the results of his or her national examinations, the student may use approved results to satisfy prerequisites for more advanced courses at Brown. Formal review is not offered until a student has been admitted and has matriculated.

Proficiency in English
Since English is the language of instruction at Brown, you must demonstrate that you:

  • Understand rapid American English as spoken in the classroom
  • Express thoughts quickly and clearly in both spoken and written English
  • Read the language with ease

English language proficiency must be achieved before you are admitted. Brown does not offer courses in English as a Second Language for its undergraduates and does not accept on a provisional basis students who are deficient in English. We highly recommend that international applicants or students whose first language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and arrange for Brown to receive the official results. A TOEFL score of 600 or above on the written exam or 100 or above on the internet-based exam, or an 8.0 on the IELTS,  is expected in most cases. If your score on the SAT Critical Reading test is above a 650, it is not necessary to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

The Application Process
All applicants to Brown complete the Common Application as described in the Guide for Applying. Although the forms are geared toward the U.S. secondary school system, they may be used to convey the specifics of any nation's educational system.

Documents or information that will be part of your application file should be written in English or be accompanied by official translations along with original documents in the original language.

Although an English proficiency examination is not required for admission, we highly recommend that all students whose first language is not English submit the results of the TOEFL or the IELTS. 

Financial Aid
Financial aid for foreign citizens is limited. If you wish to be considered for financial aid at any time during your four years at Brown, you must apply at the time of admission. Please refer to the financial aid deadlines and instructions for Prospective Students.

Awards are not given in cash, but as credits toward the cost of tuition, fees, room, and board. Financial aid covers books and some personal expenses, but does not cover vacation and summer expenses.

Immigration regulations and restrictions on off-campus summer employment in the United States make it imperative that overseas applicants know exactly where they can obtain funds (e.g. family resources, government grants, or savings).  All applicants should consult local education officials and make every effort to obtain outside sources of financial aid.  You may also find it helpful to contact your local EducationUSA office (www.educationusa.state.gov), and to explore various online resources such as www.edupass.org, www.fundingusstudy.org, www.collegeboard.org, or www.finaid.org.  In addition, NAFSA, the Association of International Educators (www.nafsa.org) can provide you with information and publications on financing an education in the United States.

If you have questions, please email us at international@brown.edu