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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.

Tests for English language for International Applicants

If you are an international student, and English is not your first language, you must submit English language test scores. Medill will accept Duolingo or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) language test scores. These two tests are preferred by Medill. Medill will accept at-home versions of these English language tests. The Duolingo or TOEFL tests must be taken within two years of your application submission date. Send TOEFL scores to Medill using code 1699-18. Please upload your Duolingo scores in your admissions application. For the video portion of the Duolingo exam, provide the link in the “Additional Information” section.

Medill allows you the option to self-report your received test scores in your application, or to manually type in your scores without ordering an official score report to be sent to Medill. Once you submit your application, we will review these unofficial scores along with the rest of your file. If we decide to offer you admission based on these unofficial scores, it will be on the condition that we receive the official scores at least 30 days prior to enrollment (or the start of classes).

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.