International Students

64% 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 email lconrad(at) to request a waiver 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 international applicants are required to submit official transcripts from their most previous institution. This transcript must be an official English translation. This translation cannot be done by the applicant. All students must complete their studies and earn their respective credentials (certificates, diplomas, etc.) before enrolling.

Longy prefers translations via one of the following services:

Other transcript translation services are available HERE.

Admitted International Student Information & Financial Documentation

International students enrolling in the conservatory will be sent detailed instructions for their financial documentation in a International Student Packet. These packets will be sent via email beginning in April.


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.

  • All forms and supplementary documentation must be returned to the Office of Admissions and Student Services by June 1.
  • All bank statements and/or proof of financial asset must be original
  • Students should retain two copies of all submitted materials for visa processing and their own personal records.

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

International Student Packet Documentation, Due by June 1:

  • International Student Information Form
  • Financial Support Form
  • Affidavit of Financial Support Form 
  • Original Bank Statements
    • Include evidence of other financial assets if bank statements do not cover cost of attendance*
  • Copy of passport
  • Copies of all previous I-20s (if applicable)

Students currently studying in the U.S.A. must also submit: 

  • SEVIS transfer form
  • Copies of all previous I-20s (if applicable)
  • Copy of I-94 Record of Arrival/Departure

*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.

For more information about the F1 visa and I-20 processing, please see the International Student Page.

All F1 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 educational program

I-20 Mailing Dates:

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

July 1st - All other programs (Cambridge)

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

Mailing Address:

Longy School of Music of Bard College
Office of Admissions
27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States of America

  • "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