INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FAQs
Q: How does Mount Ida College define international freshmen and international transfer students?
A. Mount Ida College defines an international freshman student as anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; he or she must be entering his or her first year of college. An international transfer student is anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and has already completed university level courses at another institution. American citizens who reside in other countries or who attend foreign schools are not considered international students.
Q: What should I do if I am an international student transferring from another college or university?
A. You can find complete criteria instructions here. Please be aware that you will need to have all of your transcripts from universities outside of the United States evaluated by an outside agency before sending them to Mount Ida College. Agencies provide evaluation of educational credentials and course-by-course reports. Two recommended agencies for the evaluation of credentials are World Education Services and the Center for Educational Documentation.
Q: Do I need to submit both TOEFL and SAT/ACT scores?
A. All first year and transfer international students whose first language is not English must submit results of either the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL) or English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum language proficiency score for admission to Mount Ida is 525 pBT (paper-based test), 69-70 iBT (internet-based test), 193 cBT (computer-based test) or score of 6 for English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students with TOEFL scores below 525/69/193, must take Mount Ida College’s ESL Plus Program.
SAT/ACT scores are not required for admission. However, if you have taken either of these tests, you may submit the scores in lieu of a TOEFL score. They may be sent directly from the testing agency or indicated on your official high school transcript.
Q: How do I receive a student visa to study at Mount Ida?
A. Upon receipt of all the required documentation, your application will be reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students who are accepted for admission will receive an acceptance letter and the Form I-20 in order to apply for an F-1 Student Visa. International transfer students studying in the U.S. will already have student visas and should complete the F-1 Transfer Student form.
Q: Does Mount Ida offer financial aid to international students?
A. International students with a strong academic profile may qualify for a President’s Merit Scholarship. Your declaration of financial support must indicate the equivalent of $40,000.00 USD available regardless of any scholarships awarded. Federal Financial Aid for international students is not available.