Moore College of Art & Design welcomes international students from around the world to pursue their education in the visual arts here in the city of Philadelphia. The creative perspectives and diversity of our growing, international student body are valued by Moore’s vibrant community. International students must meet either First-year or Transfer admissions requirements and for students whose first language is not English, proof of English language proficiency must be provided. 

English Language Requirements 

Applicants whose first language is not English, and do not hold dual-citizenship with the U.S., must provide official proof of English language proficiency. Students are encouraged to register for exams as early as possible and re-take exams if needed; multiple exam reports may be submitted. The following are acceptable forms of documentation:  

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based test score: 79 Written-based test score: 550 Computer-based test score: 213  

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Band score of 6.5 

  • SAT: minimum critical reading score of 500 

  • For Transfer applicants - completion of two consecutive semesters of college-level English composition (for example ENG 101 and ENG 102) with a grade of “C” or above in each class, taken at an accredited U.S. college or university. 

  • Moore’s institution code for TOEFL & SAT: 2417 

International Transcripts

All international applicants must submit official secondary school credentials and if applicable, college/university transcripts. If transcripts are not in English, they must be translated to English by an official translator and mailed along with the official records in the original language. For foreign credit evaluation, we suggest contacting World Education Services. Student copies will not be accepted as official documents, please mail all official documents directly from the issuing institution to: Moore College of Art & Design Attn: Admissions 1916 Race St Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA 

International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit 

Moore College of Art & Design may award a maximum of 3.0 studio elective IB credits and a maximum of 9.0 Creative & Critical Studies (liberal art) IB credits. Regarding studio credits, the College may award 3.0 credits if a student receives a score of 7 on the Standard Level examination, or 3.0 credits for a score of 4 or better on the Higher Level examination. Regarding Creative & Critical Studies credits, the College may award 3.0 credits per applicable exam if a student receives a score of 4 or better on a Higher Level examination. No Standard Level examinations will be considered for Creative & Critical Studies transfer. 

Advanced Placement 

Moore College of Art & Design may award 3.0 credits toward the Creative & Critical Studies (liberal arts) requirement for any CEEB Advanced Placement Examination in English, Art History or History with a score of 4 or better. In addition, a maximum of 3.0 credits from AP studio art may be awarded with a score of 4 or better. These credits may be transferred in as a studio elective. 

An official report of scores must be submitted to Moore directly from the College Board, Advanced Placement Program, Princeton, NJ. Students are notified of AP credits awarded prior to registration. 

Tuition & Scholarships

International applicants are automatically considered for all merit based scholarships, there is no separate application; please visit our Scholarships page for more information. International students are not eligible for any need-based financial aid from the College or the US government. Tuition is the same for domestic and international applicants; please visit our Tuition & Fees page for more information.  


All International students who need an I-20 form to apply for an F-1 student visa or need to transfer a current I-20 form, must first complete the application process and be accepted to Moore. An I-20 form will not be issued until the Admissions Office has received satisfactory financial documentation, showing that the student will be fully funded throughout their first year of study; please contact the Admissions Office for more information. International students applying from outside the US are also encouraged to work with EducationUSA advisors abroad.