International Student Information

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Why International Students Choose RIT 

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Support in a Safe Environment

We work to ensure your success and enjoyment at RIT. Our International Student Services (ISS) provides orientation for international students, gives advisement on immigration and status matters, and hosts events throughout the year. The English Language Center (ELC) has a comprehensive program in English to help students succeed in their academic studies. Campus is safe and secure on 1,300 acres with blue-light emergency notification kiosks, a well-staffed police department, student health center and our own ambulance service.

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Work Experience and Outcomes

RIT offers unmatched opportunities for work experience through co-ops, internships, research, entrepreneurship and more. We have 900+ international students on F-1 and J-1 visas currently completing 1-3 additional years of post-graduation training at companies in the U.S. This, combined with an RIT education, has helped 95% of students from all degree programs secure jobs after graduation over the last three years.



International Students

International students live and learn in RIT’s welcoming, safe, residential campus community.


Different Countries

At RIT you’ll live and study with students from 100 countries.


Global Campuses

Located in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo


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Applying for Admission

You should apply as an international student if you are a citizen of a foreign country and are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

The admission process, requirements, and guidelines are the same for all undergraduate students. As an international student you will also be required to demonstrate English language proficiency, and RIT will consider students at all levels of English language proficiency for admission.

You should  apply for undergraduate admission to be considered for these options:

  • Full university admission: If you meet English language proficiency standards, you will be considered for admission to the academic degree program you choose.
  • Conditional university admission: If you do not meet English language proficiency standards you will be considered for admission, and will need to complete additional courses through RIT’s English Language Center in addition to their academic degree program.  

Undergraduate English Language Proficiency Requirements

Test Type

Minimum Score for Full Admission

Score for Conditional Admission

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT)


78 or lower

PTE Academic


57 or lower



6.0 or lower

You can visit the Undergraduate International Student Frequently Asked Questions page for more details on English language requirements and common questions about the admission process.

Graduate applicants must demonstrate English Language proficiency and requirements vary by program. To learn more about the requirements by program, please visit the programs of study page.

Admissions Deadlines and Requirements
Apply for Graduate Study

You should apply for English Language study if you want to study English language courses only, and don’t want to apply for a degree program at this time. RIT’s English Language Center is on-campus, and students are fully integrated into life at RIT.

International Student Experiences

OPT-STEM Information

As one of the nation’s largest producers of STEM undergraduate degrees among all private universities in the US, RIT offers the following 100+ STEM-designated programs to choose from, all of which are eligible for OPT extension.

Learn more about OPT Extension and our STEM-designated programs.

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Admission Process

  • An application fee of $USD 65

  • Send originals or certified copies of all academic documents (transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates, diplomas, examination results such as the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, PTE Academic, IELTS. Applicants who have already enrolled in a college/university/polytechnic are considered transfer applicants and must send official transcripts or mark sheets from all post-secondary institutions attended, including "A" and “AS” level results if applicable. Those who have completed less than one year of full-time university study must also submit official secondary school results. Descriptions of courses taken as found in the university catalogue must be sent (in English) to be considered for transfer credit.

  • Send a declaration of financial support - a letter from your sponsor indicating the actual amount available for your support in US dollars (or equivalent) per year AND an original bank document showing exact dollar amounts available for your first year of study. The U.S. dollar amount for applicants for the fall 2019 semester should total $65,000. Please refer to the cost of attendance for RIT undergraduate students.

  • Applicants to programs in Art, Design or Film & Animation must submit a portfolio. Transfer applicants to Photography programs who wish to receive transfer credit for photography courses must also submit examples of their work through a portfolio. Click here to learn more about Portfolio guidelines.

Note: Please provide all educational records and admission materials to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services no later than 10 weeks before your desired entrance date to allow appropriate processing time for your application.

If you currently hold an F-2 Visa, please note the following: Applicants for a change of status from F-2 to F-1 may not attend RIT until their change of status is approved by USCIS. You will find change of status information on the International Student Services website. RIT's ISS staff will assist you in applying for a change of status. Please contact the ISS office at 475-6943 as soon as possible to begin the process of changing your visa status.

  • All applicants to RIT's graduate programs must hold—or currently be completing—a four year baccalaureate degree, or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree, granted by an accredited college or university. If you have not yet completed your undergraduate coursework, your admission will be contingent upon submission of your final transcript showing the degree granted, and the date of the degree.  3-Year Degrees - RIT will review applicants with 3-year degrees from Indian universities. In order for your application to be considered, it must meet ALL of the following conditions:

    • The college or university is WHED recognized,

    • The college or university is NAAC accredited, and

    • You have passed in the 1st Class (or equivalent).


If you do not meet the above requirements, you may request a WES evaluation or you would need to complete (or be in the process of) postgraduate study.

If your 3-year undergraduate degree is currently in progress, you may be admitted contingent upon obtaining your degree in the 1stclass or equivalent.

  • An application fee of $USD 65

  • Transcripts - RIT requires transcripts from all colleges and universities that you have attended, including transcript grading keys. For application review, we will accept unofficial copies of your transcripts.  If you are admitted, and you choose to enroll at RIT, you will need to provide your official transcripts.  To submit unofficial transcripts, upload copies of your transcripts with the submission of your online application or you may also upload your transcripts through your Application Status page after you have submitted your application.  To submit official, original transcripts, you may submit them:

    1. By mail – Original transcripts issued by your university and sent to RIT in a sealed envelope. (If they are mailed to you, they must remain in their original, sealed envelope.)

      • Attention: Office of Graduate Enrollment Services

      • Rochester Institute of Technology

      • Bausch & Lomb Center, Bldg. 77, Room A-130

      • 58 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623-5604

    1. Digital Copy - Some institutions allow you to request a digital copy. You can request a PDF official copy be emailed to

    1. In-Person - You may present them in-person in their original, sealed envelope.


  • Personal statement of educational objectives - Please upload a personal statement describing your educational objectives. You may wish to address: (1) why you are applying for the program, (2) how your degree program will relate to your long-range career objectives, (3) what personal or “non-academic” qualities you will contribute to the learning environment in your program, (4) what prior experience you have with respect to your chosen program, and (5) specifically why you want to attend RIT.


  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae - Upload a resume or curriculum vitae to your online application. Your resume or curriculum vitae should include details about your education, employment, and internship history. Pertinent research experience should be included as well.


  • Letters of Recommendation - Two or more letters of recommendation are required for admission to all RIT graduate programs except those offered by the College of Business. Recommendations should come from members of the academic community and/or workplace professionals who know your qualifications for graduate study.


  • The preferred method for the submission of recommendation letters is to use the functionality within the online application. Recommendation letters should be submitted directly to RIT from the referee/person writing the letter for you. You will be able to enter information for your recommenders and submit an email request for letters through the online application. If your recommenders are unable to submit their letters using the above method, then letters may be emailed directly by recommenders to or sent by postal mail to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services.


  • Graduate Admission Tests (if required by your program) - Applicants may also be required to submit scores from graduate admission tests. Check the Programs Offered page to determine which admission test, if any, is required by the program to which you seek admission. The official results of graduate admission tests are the only parts of your application that you do not mail or upload to RIT. Instead, you must arrange for the testing agency to send your test results directly to RIT’s Office of Graduate Enrollment Services.


RIT’s code for ETS reporting is 2760. Please do not include a department code.


Required tests may include:



  • Send a declaration of financial support - a letter from your sponsor indicating the actual amount available for your support in US dollars (or equivalent) per year AND an original bank document showing exact dollar amounts available for your first year of study. The U.S. dollar amount for applicants for the fall 2019 semester should total $65,000. Please refer to the cost of attendance for RIT undergraduate students.


  • Applicants to programs in Art, Design or Film & Animation must submit a portfolio. Transfer applicants to Photography programs who wish to receive transfer credit for photography courses must also submit examples of their work through a portfolio. Click here to learn more about Portfolio guidelines


  • Verifying Application Status - You will receive email acknowledgment that RIT has received your application. This notice also will tell you if any necessary items are missing from your file. Your admissions portal application checklist will tell you if we have received all of the required documents and forms necessary to make your application complete. Each graduate department makes its own admission decisions on its own schedule. You will be notified of your admission status as soon as possible. For information concerning the decision status of your completed application, or for further information about application procedures, contact:

    • RIT Office of Graduate Enrollment Services

    • phone: 585-475-2229

    • e-mail:

    • Rochester Institute of Technology

    • Bausch & Lomb Center, Bldg. 77, Room A-130

    • 58 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester, New York 14623-5604

    • Attention: Office of Graduate Enrollment Services

    • NOTE: Please be sure to use the same name and same spelling of your name on all forms, records and correspondence.

Frequently Asked Questions

For Students

A TOEFL or IELTS score is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The required minimum scores are TOEFL - 79 and IELTS - 6.5.

Undergraduate Applicants: Students may self-report their scores in the following ways:

  • On their application for admission
  • Via email at
  • From your school/college counselor via mail or email

Admitted students will be required to submit their official scores once they choose to enroll at RIT.

All admitted students scoring in a conditional admission range will be tested by RIT's English Language Center upon arrival at RIT. The results of this testing will determine if English instruction for non-native speakers will be required before a student may begin academic courses. RIT also offers conditional admission where students can integrate English Language studies with their academic program.

If you feel there is a reason for the English test requirement to be waived, contact our office.

Graduate Applicants: Please view minimum score requirements for your particular intended program of study via the Programs Offered page. Our TOEFL/IELTS waiver policy may be found here.

Official scores must be received by RIT in order for your application to be completed and sent for review.

RIT does not require SAT/ACT scores for undergraduate applicants, though submission of a standardized test score is highly encouraged for RIT’s most competitive programs.  

Graduate applicants can check test requirements for each individual program on our Graduate Admissions Deadlines and Requirements page. 

Undergraduate Applicants: RIT offers scholarship funding to international students based on academic merit, financial need or a combination of both. Merit scholarship consideration is automatic. Freshman and Transfer students may apply for need-based assistance. To apply for need-based grants, students must complete the College Board CSS ProfileCanadian Student Financial Aid Application, or the RIT International Student Financial Aid Application (RITISFAA, coming soon) and submit it to RIT by uploading to your admissions portal.

RIT does not offer full cost or full tuition scholarships. The typical maximum scholarship amount is $20,000 per year. In addition, international students are eligible to work on campus up to 20 hours per week.

Graduate Applicants: We will automatically consider all graduate applicants for available merit-based tuition scholarships and assistantships. Scholarship and assistantship awards are made by the academic department at the time you apply for admission, are based on academic excellence, and vary by student and department. To be considered, complete the graduate application for admission.

RIT requires first-year international students to live on campus

For graduate students, on-campus living is optional. On-campus apartments and residence halls are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and early application for RIT Housing is encouraged. The majority of our graduate students choose to live off campus, in one of the many apartment complexes year campus. 

The staff at RIT’s International Student Services Office (ISS) provide a solid foundation for RIT's commitment to international education, assisting individuals from more than 100 countries. They advise students, faculty, clubs and departments on immigration, cultural, academic and personal matters.

All RIT students also have access to faculty and academic advisors, Academic Support to help you succeed in your program, and one of the largest Offices of Career Services and Co-operative Education in the United States. 

Rest assured that if you ever need support on campus, there are multiple places to receive it. The RIT community is here to help. 

For Parents

RIT automatically reviews all international applicants for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are based on a holistic review of each applicant’s grades, test scores, and other supporting documents. Admitted students are notified of their scholarship at the time of admission.

Undergraduate applicants can apply for need-based scholarships by submitting the International Student Financial Aid Application (ISFAA).The ISFAA can be mailed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or emailed to

Visit the Scholarships and Other Aid section of our website for additional information.

RIT is located on a 1,300-acre campus in suburban Rochester with plenty of open space for leisure and recreation. Our campus is a safe, secure residential campus that has blue-light emergency notification kiosks throughout the campus, a well-staffed police department, student health center and our own ambulance service. The urban and suburban areas also offer safe and secure living communities for those students who choose to live off campus.

When your child arrives in Rochester for the fall semester temperatures can range up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius). As the semester progresses seasons will change from fall to winter, and warmer clothes will be required.

Students can bring (or purchase in Rochester) a warm winter jacket and boots for the winter season. Rochester has ample stores for students to shop and RIT’s shuttle services provides free transportation.

Most of our international students thoroughly enjoy experiencing snow (often for the first time!) and the winter season is celebrated at RIT.

Undergraduate international students are required to live on campus their freshman year. RIT’s large, residential campus offers 21 campus dining locations, a market, post office, bank, hair salon, and shuttle service to easily navigate between work, class, and play.

On-campus housing options can be found on our Housing Office website.

Campus involvement is an important aspect of student life. Getting involved in a student group or another organization is a great way for your student to meet friends with mutual interests, boost a resume, and get leadership experience. With over 200 student groups at RIT, your student should have no problems finding one that fits his/her interests!

More information about student groups and activities may be found on our Parents & Families website.

As a parent of a college student, it can be painful to hear that your student isn’t feeling well, is struggling, or isn't happy. Even if the problem is as simple as a cold, it will be hard to not be right there for your son or daughter. It will be difficult for your student to not have you there as well, but there are resources at RIT to help your student through the small and large health issues.

If your student is sick and needs to visit the Student Health Center, allow them to make the appointment. This way, your student can work the appointment around class schedules and learn to advocate for his or her own health needs.

While college is a time for opportunity and growth, the pressures of college life can lead to stress and anxiety for some students. As a parent, you know how your student responds in stressful situations, and may recognize when your student needs help. If you have mental health concerns about your student, remind them that they can talk to someone at Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS). If you are unsure how to approach this topic with your student, you can call CPS for advice.

RIT is focused not just on providing health care for students, but also on creating an environment where students can think about their wellness on a broader level. Student Wellness Services assists students in learning how to take care of themselves and develop healthy lifestyles across all areas of life.

RIT’s campus is conveniently located five miles from the Greater Rochester International Airport and the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90).

Rochester is served by Greyhound and Trailways bus lines, Amtrak trains and public bus lines. The Greater Rochester International Airport is served by most major airlines including United, Delta, American, JetBlue, Southwest and others. RIT's main campus is five miles from both the airport and the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), exit 46.

Taxis and ride services (Uber, Lyft) are available at the train and bus stations, as well as the airport. RIT is also a stop on Route 24 of the Regional Transit Service, the area's mass transit bus system.

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Katherine Beczak
Associate Director, International Enrollment

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Paul Keller
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Mark Muenzer
Senior Associate Director

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Frank Thomas
Assistant Director, International Enrollment

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David Wivell
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