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DigiPen Institute of Technology welcomes students from different countries and cultures. Because of language and educational differences, we do require some additional information from international applicants to ensure students are qualified for admission and to ensure a smooth application process. We also ask that international applicants complete the application process early, preferably before July 1, to guarantee timely evaluation for their application and to allow time to process documents required by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DigiPen will continue to accept International applications after July 1 — however, applications completed after July 1 may not be processed in time for the upcoming academic year.

International applicants should read through the information on this page to prepare the necessary documents and materials for their admissions application.

Application Materials

In addition to the typical requirements for undergraduate or graduate applicants, international applicants must also provide the following materials to be considered for admission to DigiPen:

(Please note: International undergraduate applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores; international graduate applicants must submit official GRE scores.)

These items, along with the other application materials, should be prepared and mailed to DigiPen well in advance. Scanned images, photocopies, or faxes are not replacements for original application materials and will not be accepted.

Academic Records

Applicants must submit official academic records for DigiPen’s consideration. Documents are considered official if they are sealed by the issuing institution or if they are certified-true copies. Certified-true documents are generally issued by a school official such as the registrar. These documents must be marked as “certified-true” or “attested” and signed by a school official on each page.

  • If you are in your final year of secondary school or college, you should submit your most recent academic records with your application. Official records that confirm graduation are required from all applicants prior to enrollment.

  • If you are taking board examinations, you will need to submit exam results issued by the examination board. Exam results must be sealed in an envelope or certified-true by the testing board rather than the school.

It may take some time to have all of your records and documents certified and then sent by mail to DigiPen. Make sure to request official transcripts and records from your current and previous educational institutions as soon as possible.

If you have any questions about submitting your particular academic records, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Translating Academic Materials

If your academic documents are in a language other than English, you must submit certified-true copies of both the originals and a literal translation. Please do not have grades converted or interpreted in any way.

For information on qualified translators, contact the American Translators Association or another recognized translation service (e.g. a certified translator, certified court interpreter, an authorized government official, or an official from the school where you obtained your degree). Proof of the translator’s credentials must accompany each translation. Self-translated copies are not acceptable. All postsecondary transcripts and diplomas must be issued by a bona fide, legitimate degree-granting university. If the issuing university provides official documents in English, an additional English translation is not required.

Financial Responsibility Form

Note: If you are already in the United States on a visa, you may not have to submit financial documentation. Contact admissions[at]digipen[dot]edu for more information.

International applicants must provide evidence to DigiPen of financial support indicating that sufficient funds are available for an eight-month period of study and living expenses to DigiPen and must make this information available to U.S. Immigration Service upon entry into the United States. The Financial Responsibility Form must be submitted by all international students, regardless of whether or not they are presently living in the United States. The bank statement needs to be an original document from the bank and not a self-service printout. It should include the balance, currency (preferably USD), and name of the account holder. All assets must be liquid. If the applicant is not the account holder, whoever is financing them will need to either sign the Affidavit of Support included in the Financial Responsibility Form or write and sign a brief letter confirming that the account holder will support the applicant financially during their time here at DigiPen. Please do not include a transaction history.

See also: Plan Your Budget for information about estimated cost of attendance at DigiPen. New budgets for the 2019-2020 academic year will not be available until late 2018 or early 2019.

Proof of Proficiency in the English Language

Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • A minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (for the paper exam), 213 (for the computer exam), or 80 (for the iBT — Internet-based Test). To have your TOEFL results sent to DigiPen, include DigiPen’s college program code (4138) on your TOEFL exam.

  • A minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or higher.

  • A minimum Cambridge English: Advanced (also known as a Certificate in Advanced English or CAE) score of C1 or higher.

  • Completion of four years of high school in the United States at an English-speaking school, or completion of an international school where the primary language of instruction is English.

  • Completion of a four-year postsecondary degree in the United States at an English-speaking school or completion of an international school where the primary language of instruction is English.

If you do not currently meet the required proficiency in English requirements, please review our Intensive English Preparation course option.

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