Apply Undergraduate Programs: International Admissions

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To be considered for admission to an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), or Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree, you must submit the following:

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IMPORTANT: While not required for admission to Burlington College, all international students will be required to submit proof of available financial resources to cover the educational and living costs associated with attending Burlington College for one academic year. This is a necessary requirement for immigration purposes. Currently, international applicants to Burlington College will need to show proof of sufficient financial resources in the amount of US$ 33,503 to cover tuition, living expenses and miscellaneous costs. There is no financial aid available for students. More information regarding this requirement can be found in the After You Are Accepted section.

Submit Proof of Secondary School (High School) Completion

 

  • What is this?
    This is official proof that you completed the equivalent of High School in the United States.

  • Why is this needed?
    In order to admit a student to an undergraduate degree program, we are required by our regional accrediting body to verify this information.

  • How to Submit?
    International Students must directly mail to Burlington College a final official transcript indicating a date of graduation, a certificate of secondary school completion, or an official completion examination score report (whichever is customary in your country). Documents must be originals or certified copies and in English or a certified English translation.
    While not required, you may also submit your proof of secondary school completion via WES or ECE.

 

Submit Proof of any Post-Secondary Coursework (if applicable)

  • What is this?
    This would be an official transcript from another US or foreign college/university.

  • Why is this needed?
    We are required to receive and evaluate any existing post-secondary credit, even if you withdrew or did not pass. This is also needed so that transfer credit can be applied to your academic degree at Burlington College

  • How to Submit?
    • Transcripts from US institutions must be sent directly to Burlington College from the issuing institution.
    • Transcripts from non-US institutions must be submitted through an international credential verification service, such as WES or ECE. Students will need to have their official post-secondary transcripts sent directly to the credential verification service and request that a course-by-course evaluation be sent direction to Burlington College.

 

Proof of English-Language Proficiency

 

  • What is this?
    International students whose native language is not English must take an approved test of English proficiency. The college recognizes TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International Language Testing System). For any other test, please contact Admissions to verify that it will be accepted. Minimum required scores are:

    TOEFL (Internet‐based): 80 | IELTS: 6.5

  • Why is this needed?
    This is required by the federal regulations governing international students in the US. Most importantly, however, it ensures that you have the necessary language abilities to be successful in your program of study.

  • How to Submit?
    Students must request that an official score report be sent directly to Burlington College from the testing agency. Copies or scans will NOT be accepted for purposes of admission. Burlington College codes are:

    TOEFL: 1119 | IELTS:

    Exemption Options:
    • Students with 4 years of study at a non-US institution where English is the primary language of instruction (secondary or post-secondary)
    • 1 academic year at a US secondary or post-secondary institution
    • If you are a citizen of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada (except Quebec), Cook Islands, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom (including Caribbean territories), United States, Zimbabwe.

 

Submit Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

  • What is this?
    It is very common in the US for colleges and universities to request letters of recommendation from applicants. These letters are generally written by a teacher, supervisor, mentor, or other leader who knows your academic, personal, and/or employment background. Burlington College requires a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation to be considered for admission.

  • Why is this needed?
    As part of the admissions process we try to look at all aspects of an applicant. While your prior academic history is important, to get a full picture of who you are we value what others who know you have to say. In some cases, we may contact your recommender to learn more about you.

  • How to Submit?
    Letters can be uploaded to the Common Application online or sent directly to Admissions via fax, email or post. It is preferred for the writer of the recommendation to send to us directly.

Submit Application Essay


What is this?
The application essay is part of the application process and is written by the student. Your Application Essay should be 2-3 pages in length (double-spaced) and can be on any topic but it should be about you and allow us to learn more about you. You may also choose to write your essay as an answer to one of the following questions:

  • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  • Describe your most important dreams for your future. What are they and how do you plan to achieve them?
  • A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Give your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrates the importance of diversity to you.

Why is this needed?
The application essay gives the college an opportunity to learn more about you beyond what can simply be listed on the application. The essay is an opportunity for you to tell us more about you and help us get to know you better. In addition, the essay has value after you have been accepted and allows your advisor to know a little more about you as well.

How to Submit?
The essay can be uploaded to the Common Application online or sent directly to Admissions via fax, email or post.

Submit $50 (U.S.) Application Fee

 

  • What is this?
    An application fee is standard in the United States. It must be paid before your application is considered complete and is non-refundable.

  • How to Submit?
    The application can be paid via check drawn on a US Bank or by credit card online.

 

Submit Portfolio (B.F.A. Candidates Only)

 

  • What is this?
    Students applying to any of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs are required to submit a portfolio.

  • How to Submit?
    Please submit three (3) of the following options:

    • A .mov clip of less than five minutes. The subject can be a full piece or excerpt, and can be any subject or genre.
    • Eight (8) photographs – either black and white or color, and either film or digital
    • Three to five (3-5) life drawings – either figure or still life
    • Three to five (3-5) design compositions – 2 dimensional
    • Three to five (3-5) images of 3 dimensional work (wood, ceramics, sculpture, glass, metal, etc.)
    • Three to five (3-5) paintings in any medium

We suggest that the work reflect your interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date. It may be in any media, may be finished or in sketch form, and may be the result of an assigned class project or a self-directed exploration.

Your portfolio must be submitted as digital image files on a CD or data DVD. Do not mail physical portfolios, nor email the digital copies. The complete file size can be no more than 40mb. Each image in your digital portfolio should be submitted as a separate file in .jpg format. Time-based work or performance pieces may be submitted as QuickTime or .mpg files on a CD or data DVD.

Be sure to include a work description sheet. Number the examples you are submitting and on your description page list the corresponding number, medium, size, date of completion and title for each work. It is very important that your full name and address be clearly noted on each CD or DVD and description page submitted.

 

Apply


To be considered for admission to an Associates of Arts (A.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), or Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) degree, you must submit the following:

IMPORTANT: While not required for admission to Burlington College, all international students will be required to submit proof of available financial resources to cover the educational and living costs associated with attending Burlington College for one academic year. This is a necessary requirement for immigration purposes. Currently, international applicants to Burlington College will need to show proof of sufficient financial resources in the amount of US$ 33,503 to cover tuition, living expenses and miscellaneous costs. There is no financial aid available for students. More information regarding this requirement can be found in the After You Are Accepted section.



Submit Proof of Secondary School (High School) Completion

  • What is this?
    This is official proof that you completed the equivalent of High School in the United States.

  • Why is this needed?
    In order to admit a student to an undergraduate degree program, we are required by our regional accrediting body to verify this information.

  • How to Submit?
    International Students must directly mail to Burlington College a final official transcript indicating a date of graduation, a certificate of secondary school completion, or an official completion examination score report (whichever is customary in your country). Documents must be originals or certified copies and in English or a certified English translation.
    While not required, you may also submit your proof of secondary school completion via WES or ECE.

 

Submit Proof of any Post-Secondary Coursework (if applicable)

  • What is this?
    This would be an official transcript from another US or foreign college/university.

  • Why is this needed?
    We are required to receive and evaluate any existing post-secondary credit, even if you withdrew or did not pass. This is also needed so that transfer credit can be applied to your academic degree at Burlington College.

  • How to Submit?
    • Transcripts from US institutions must be sent directly to Burlington College from the issuing institution.
    • Transcripts from non-US institutions must be submitted through an international credential verification service, such as WES or ECE. Students will need to have their official post-secondary transcripts sent directly to the credential verification service and request that a course-by-course evaluation be sent direction to Burlington College.

 

Proof of English-Language Proficiency

 

  • What is this?
    International students whose native language is not English must take an approved test of English proficiency. The college recognizes TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International Language Testing System). For any other test, please contact Admissions to verify that it will be accepted. Minimum required scores are:

    TOEFL (Internet‐based): 80 | IELTS: 6.5

  • Why is this needed?
    This is required by the federal regulations governing international students in the US. Most importantly, however, it ensures that you have the necessary language abilities to be successful in your program of study.

  • How to Submit?
    Students must request that an official score report be sent directly to Burlington College from the testing agency. Copies or scans will NOT be accepted for purposes of admission. Burlington College codes are:

    TOEFL: 1119 | IELTS:

    Exemption Options:
    • Students with 4 years of study at a non-US institution where English is the primary language of instruction (secondary or post-secondary)
    • 1 academic year at a US secondary or post-secondary institution
    • If you are a citizen of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Canada (except Quebec), Cook Islands, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom (including Caribbean territories), United States, Zimbabwe.

 

Submit Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

  • What is this?
    It is very common in the US for colleges and universities to request letters of recommendation from applicants. These letters are generally written by a teacher, supervisor, mentor, or other leader who knows your academic, personal, and/or employment background. Burlington College requires a minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation to be considered for admission.

  • Why is this needed?
    As part of the admissions process we try to look at all aspects of an applicant. While your prior academic history is important, to get a full picture of who you are we value what others who know you have to say. In some cases, we may contact your recommender to learn more about you.

  • How to Submit?
    Letters can be uploaded to the Common Application online or sent directly to Admissions via fax, email or post. It is preferred for the writer of the recommendation to send to us directly.

Submit Application Essay


What is this?
The application essay is part of the application process and is written by the student. Your Application Essay should be 2-3 pages in length (double-spaced) and can be on any topic but it should be about you and allow us to learn more about you. You may also choose to write your essay as an answer to one of the following questions:

  • Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
  • Describe your most important dreams for your future. What are they and how do you plan to achieve them?
  • A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Give your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrates the importance of diversity to you.

Why is this needed?
The application essay gives the college an opportunity to learn more about you beyond what can simply be listed on the application. The essay is an opportunity for you to tell us more about you and help us get to know you better. In addition, the essay has value after you have been accepted and allows your advisor to know a little more about you as well.

How to Submit?
The essay can be uploaded to the Common Application online or sent directly to Admissions via fax, email or post.

Submit $50 (U.S.) Application Fee

 

  • What is this?
    An application fee is standard in the United States. It must be paid before your application is considered complete and is non-refundable.

  • How to Submit?
    The application can be paid via check drawn on a US Bank or by credit card online.

 

Submit Portfolio (B.F.A. Candidates Only)

 

  • What is this?
    Students applying to any of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs are required to submit a portfolio.

  • How to Submit?
    Please submit three (3) of the following options:

    • A .mov clip of less than five minutes. The subject can be a full piece or excerpt, and can be any subject or genre.
    • Eight (8) photographs – either black and white or color, and either film or digital
    • Three to five (3-5) life drawings – either figure or still life
    • Three to five (3-5) design compositions – 2 dimensional
    • Three to five (3-5) images of 3 dimensional work (wood, ceramics, sculpture, glass, metal, etc.)
    • Three to five (3-5) paintings in any medium

We suggest that the work reflect your interests, experience and abilities in the arts to date. It may be in any media, may be finished or in sketch form, and may be the result of an assigned class project or a self-directed exploration.

Your portfolio must be submitted as digital image files on a CD or data DVD. Do not mail physical portfolios, nor email the digital copies. The complete file size can be no more than 40mb. Each image in your digital portfolio should be submitted as a separate file in .jpg format. Time-based work or performance pieces may be submitted as QuickTime or .mpg files on a CD or data DVD.

Be sure to include a work description sheet. Number the examples you are submitting and on your description page list the corresponding number, medium, size, date of completion and title for each work. It is very important that your full name and address be clearly noted on each CD or DVD and description page submitted.