International Applicant Additional Requirements

This page outlines supplementary requirements for international applicants to RIT in addition to the requirements found here.

Degree Certificates

For colleges and universities outside the U.S. a final official degree certificate is required. You should arrange to have this transcript or degree certificate forwarded directly to RIT's Office of Graduate Enrollment Services as soon as you have completed your undergraduate study. Official, certified translations must be provided for any documents not in English.

Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores

The TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score is required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. Please view minimum score requirement for your particular intended program of study via the Programs Offered page.

You must arrange for the testing agency to send your test results directly to RIT’s Office of Graduate Enrollment Services. Only official exam results received this way will be considered. Uploaded copies of your test score reports will NOT update your checklist item to “received.”

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

IELTS score reports may be sent to us electronically or in paper format from the testing agency. If you have concerns about your IELTS score report, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with this concern and note the difference.

Please note test scores are received by RIT approximately 2 weeks after the date you requested the scores to be sent to us. Allow an additional 3 - 5 days from the date RIT should receive the official scores for processing and checklist updates.

If your name on your application does NOT match the name on your score report, that may be the reason for your test score checklist item not being updated to “received.” Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with this concern and note the name difference.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


*International Applicants are exempt from submitting the TOEFL, PTE-Academic, or IELTS exams if:

They have worked or studied in the U.S. for the last two years OR
They are from countries and attended universities on the list below whose "native" language is English. RIT has determined those countries to be the following:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British West Indies
  • Canada
  • England
  • Guam
  • Ireland
  • Mauritius
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wales

Passport Copy

International applicants are required to upload a scan of their passport to the online application.

Declaration of Finances & Official Bank Statement

The Declaration of Financial Support Form and an official bank statement is required for international students who plan to apply for student F-1 visa status. These documents are not required for admissions consideration, but will be required as soon as possible after an applicant learns of acceptance. Bank statements issued within the past six (6) months must be submitted before an I20 can be issued. Bank statements must be marked with the official stamp and/or seal of the issuing bank - notarized copies cannot be accepted. Bank statements must show the equivalent of at least $60,532 USD minus any assistantship and/ or scholarship monies you are awarded.

In order to apply for a student visa, U.S. government regulations require international students to demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to meet the costs of tuition, fees, supplies, and living expenses for at least nine months of full-time study. International students who need to apply for a student visa must submit to RIT an original bank statement showing the amount available for their education.

In addition, if the funds are not in the student's name, a letter of support from the person owning the assets is also required. In the case of support by a government agency or other organization, an original letter indicating the amount of funding and the period of time it is available is required. The applicant should request two original copies of these documents--one for RIT and the other set to take with them to the Visa interview. Once the student is admitted and these documents have been declared acceptable the appropriate form (I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued by RIT.

You may upload scanned copies of these documents to your online application or you may scan and email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note to International Applicants

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.