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International Applicants

International Applicants

Each year, Medill welcomes international students from around the world. To apply, international students must have an undergraduate degree (or earn one prior to enrollment).

Below is some general information for international applicants. Please also see the specific application requirements for the IMC program.


Medill’s IMC degree is STEM designated. The CIP code is 09.0702. For eligibility and additional details on the OPT extension, please visit Northwestern’s Office of International Student Services.


Applicants with international transcripts must provide an English translation with their application if the transcripts were not originally issued in English. If you are an admitted student with an international transcript (except Fulbright candidates), you must submit an independent course-by-course credential evaluation and degree verification from a NACES provider (see for a list) and an official English translation of your transcripts (if not originally issued in English) at the time they submit their application.

If your undergraduate degree is a three-year degree, we will determine if it is sufficient preparation for our program.


If you are an international student who earned an undergraduate degree at a college or university where the primary language of instruction was not English, submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo scores. The TOEFL or IELTS or Duolingo must have been taken within two years of your application submission date. Send TOEFL scores to Medill using code 1699-18. The IELTS test must be the Academic version. If you are submitting IELTS scores you can provide the TRF number on your application instead of sending an official report. Please send Duolingo scores to Medill Graduate Admissions.

Please email Medill Graduate Admissions if you have questions about your eligibility for a waiver. We will consider waivers for applicants with significant English language skills from four years of study in the United States (college-level, high school, and/or relevant post-graduate work experience).

Financial aid

International students will be considered for selected Medill scholarships but are not eligible for federal financial aid. International students should plan to bear most, if not all, of the cost of attending Medill.

Visit our financial aid page for more information.


Information about applying for a student visa is provided upon admission to the program.