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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 MSJ program.


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 they were not originally issued in English) prior to enrollment.

If your undergraduate degree is a three-year degree, Medill 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) scores. The TOEFL or IELTS 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 earned your four year, bachelor's degree from a non-U.S. institution where the language of instruction was English, you may request a TOEFL/IELTS waiver. To request a waiver, please provide official documentation from your college or university that the language of instruction was English.

Financial aid

International MSJ applicants are eligible for some Medill scholarships. All students are encouraged to research potential sources of external scholarships.

Loans for international students may be available under certain circumstances, but international students are not eligible for U.S. federal student loans. Visit our financial aid page for more information.


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