International Students

38% of current Longy students are from countries outside of the contiguous United States. We look forward to working with you throughout the admission and enrollment process.

Please carefully review the important information below. 

English Proficiency

All applicants for whom English is not a first nor primary language must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).  While there is no minimum score for the TOEFL, prospective students who present consistent scores on each subsection and a composite score of at least 63 will be more competitive candidates for admission. Similarly, a score of 6 or higher on the IELTS will strengthen a prospective student’s application.

The TOEFL reporting code for Longy is 3467. Longy must receive the test results by March 1 for Fall Admission.

Completing a full-time degree program at a college or university where English is the language of instruction may be grounds for a waiver of the TOEFL requirement. All students seeking this waiver must submit a written request for a TOEFL waiver; this should be uploaded in the attachments area of the application.


English Language Programs in Boston

We encourage all incoming students to improve their English language skills prior to enrolling at Longy and during the course of their degree. Boston offers a number English as a Second Language (ESL) programs during the summer months and during the academic year. Many Longy students have successfully improved their English through the following program: 

My Language Solutions (MLS)
Davis Square
402 A Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144  U.S.A
(+1) 617.500.3215

International School of Boston 
45 Matignon Road
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 499-1451 

Northeastern University

Boston Language Institute
648 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-262-3500 x228

Boston Academy of English
38 Chauncy Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02111

English Language Center Boston
11 Beacon St Floor 2
Boston, MA 02108
+1 (617) 536-9788

Boston School of Modern language
814 South Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02131
+1 617-325-2760

Boston University Center for English Language and Orientation Programs
890 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02215

Talk English School
99 Bedford Street, Suite 100 
Boston, MA 02111
+1 (617) 426-3500

ELS Language Centers
125 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 574-4820




Translated Transcripts

All transcripts from institutions outside of the United States must be translated into English.  Longy prefers translations via one of the following services:


Admitted International Student Information & Financial Documentation

All international students must submit financial proof that they are able to supply the full amount for the Cost of Attendance for all years of their prospective program.

A student who has been admitted and chooses to enroll in the conservatory will be sent detailed instructions for completing their financial documentation. International Student packets are typically sent via email in April.

All forms and supplementary documentation must be returned to the Office of Admission and Student Services by May,

Incomplete forms and documentation will not be accepted and may cause delays in I-20 processing.

Documents should include the following completed forms:

  • International Student Information Form
  • Financial Support Form
  • Affidavit of Financial Support Form 

Supplementary documentation should include:

  • Copies of all previous I-20s
  • Copy of I-94 Record of Arrival/Departure
  • Original Bank Statements

Students currently studying in the U.S.A. at another institution 

Optional documentation:

  • Evidence of other Financial Assets

Documentation of other financial assets is only required if the full cost of attendance amount for all years of the chosen program is not shown in the bank statements provided by the student. In this case, the student is required to provide evidence of assets totaling the value of the cost of attendance. This may be presented in the form of land deeds, copies of all fixed deposits held, letters of sponsorship, evidence of employment etc.

All supplementary documentation must be original.

Students should retain two copies of all submitted materials for visa processing and their own personal records.

All admitted international students must be in possession of a valid I-20 and U.S. visa in order to enter and stay in the country for the duration of their studies.

Admitted students must apply for an F-1 student visa. Dependents (spouse/children) of students are eligible to apply for an F-2 visa.

For more information about visa processing please see the International Student Page.

Students must submit financial documentation and proof of English proficiency in order to be issued an I-20.

I-20s are typically issued by the following dates:

June 1st - Master of Art in Teaching program (Los Angeles)

July 1st - All other programs (Cambridge)

Please do not contact the Office of Admission and Student Services with requests to expedite the I-20 process prior to the above dates other than in case of emergency.

  • "One particular thing I like about Longy is that there are so many students from around the world; it permits us to interact with and learn about other cultures and people. Now I have really good friends from China, Russia, Turkmenistan, Spain, and of course from the U.S., so, the community at Longy is a multicultural and fascinating one!"
    Juan Camilo Gonzalez, UD Clarinet '18