International Students

Marlboro College’s small, rural, and tight-knit academic community is an ideal environment for welcoming students from other countries and cultures. The college is always seeking motivated international students, and has accepted applicants from all over the world, from Slovenia and Ethiopia to South Korea and Peru. Like all Marlboro students, international students with intellectual promise can expect to be supported and respected for the unique experiences and perspectives they bring to the community.

Why Study at a Liberal Arts and Sciences School?

Liberal arts and sciences does not refer to a political leaning or a program where students only study art or science. A liberal arts and sciences education refers to an educational program where students have a broad foundation of study in addition to targeted exploration of specific fields. Liberal arts and sciences institutions teach their students to think critically and develop arguments through both writing and speech which are important skills for international students to master.

Marlboro College is similar to other liberal arts and sciences colleges in that we encourage broad study across our curriculum. We differ, however, from most other colleges in that we do not require students to take any specific course to fulfill a requirement. We let students’ passions govern what classes they take and what they choose to study. It’s really the best of both worlds.

Application Process

The admissions application process at Marlboro is the same for domestic and international students with two exceptions. In addition to the regular application requirements, international students are required to demonstrate English proficiency (see below) and the ability to fund their education at Marlboro. International applicants should submit a Certificate of Finances at the time they apply to Marlboro. An application will be considered incomplete without it.

Interviews are not required of all students, but in the course of reviewing your application the admissions committee may request one. You can also request an interview by contacting the Office of Admissions. We are happy to do Skype interviews.

Language Proficiency

As an international student applying to Marlboro, you need to have a level of English-speaking and writing skills that will allow you to be fully engaged in classrooms and the community. If you are a non-native English speaker, academic qualifications should include ONE of the following:

  • Minimum TOEFL score of 90 (internet-based), 233 (computer-based) or 577 (paper-based)
  • Minimum IELTS score of 7
  • Primary language of instruction at the secondary school level is English (4+ years)

Please be aware that you are not required to submit either the SAT or ACT test scores with your application.

Scholarships for International Students

International students are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $16,500 USD annually. Every applicant is considered for a scholarship and it is awarded at the time of admission. International students are also eligible to hold a job on campus, though they should be realistic about the number of hours per week they can realistically work (6-10 hours is typical). Sufficient financial resources to support study in the United States are required for immigration purposes, including documented proof of your ability to meet the total budget expectations. International student should budget an additional $4,000 over Marlboro’s stated expenses to cover transportation, books, and personal expenses. Marlboro’s 2013-2014 Academic Year Expenses can be found here.

Keep in mind that I-20s will only be issued after you have been accepted to the college, proven your ability to fund your education, and paid your $400 non-refundable enrollment deposit.

Want to learn more about Marlboro?

Feel free to contact us at any time during the application process:

Admissions Office, Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT 05344 • Email:
Phone: 800-343-0049 or 802-258-9236 •Fax: 802-451-7555

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It is the policy of Marlboro College not to discriminate in its admissions program, student services or hiring practices on the basis of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, ethnic origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding discrimination should be made to the Compliance Coordinator, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont 05344, 802-257-4333.