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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

International Applicants

In addition to the regular application requirements, Rensselaer currently stresses the following requirements for its undergraduate international applicants:

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INTERNATIONAL FRESHMAN APPLICANTS

Academic Transcripts

Official copies of all academic transcripts from secondary schools, with English translations

Please only submit the required documents. It is not necessary to submit certificates, copies of awards, or diplomas. Academic awards and honors -- as well as extracurricular, volunteer, and work activities -- may be listed on the application. 

International Student Financial Statement (ISFS)

Evidence of financial support to cover educational and living expenses is required for students who will study on a non-immigrant (F-1 or J-1) visa.

You must submit the International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) along with all other application materials. Your application will not be considered complete without the International Student Financial Statement.

We must also see documentation reflecting at least two years’ worth of liquid funding (approximately $140,000 USD). All financial documents must be originals and sent via postal mail. Emailed or photocopied materials will not be accepted.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The TOEFL is required for all non-native English speakers, and Rensselaer expects a minimum TOEFL score of at least 88 iBT, or 570 PBT. 

For students not able to take the TOEFL, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) may be substituted for the TOEFL. An IELTS score of at least 7.0 or a PTE score of at least 59 is expected. Only the academic format is accepted. Other exams, such as A-levels, IB, etc., may not be substituted for the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

Applicants who have completed three or more years of secondary education in the U.S. may request an exemption once they have submitted their application by completing the form found on their application status page.

InitialView, Vericant, or Duolingo Interview (optional)

Rensselaer encourages all applicants from greater China, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, to participate in an interview through one of the following programs as part of their application: The Duolingo English Test (DET); InitialView; OR Vericant. While not required for admission to Rensselaer, it is an opportunity for applicants to further demonstrate their English language proficiency. Please note that there is a fee for these services that will allow you to send your interview to a number of U.S. colleges/universities. Please contact The Duolingo English Test (DET), InitialView, or Vericant directly to schedule your interview.

Please note: Duolingo offers both an English Proficiency exam and an interview through their online program. We will be reviewing the interview component for those submitted. The Duolingo English Proficiency exam score is not currently accepted as an English Proficiency Test that meets our requirements.

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International Transfer Applicants

Rensselaer accepts international transfer students into all of our programs with the exception of our accelerated programs in law and medicine.

In addition to the application requirements of all transfer applicants, you should also submit the following:

Academic Transcripts

Please submit official copies of all college and university transcripts with English translations.

International Student Financial Statement (ISFS)

Evidence of financial support to cover educational and living expenses is required for students who will study on a non-immigrant (F-1 or J-1) visa.

You must submit the International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) along with all other application materials. Your application will not be considered complete without the International Student Financial Statement.

We must also see documentation reflecting at least two years’ worth of liquid funding (approximately $140,000 USD). All financial documents must be originals and sent via postal mail. Emailed or photocopied materials will not be accepted.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

International students attending college in the U.S. for fewer than two years should submit the results of the TOEFL.

Rensselaer expects a minimum TOEFL score of at least 88 iBT, or 570 PBT. For students not able to take the TOEFL, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson’s Test of English (PTE) may be substituted for the TOEFL. An IELTS score of at least 7.0 or a PTE score of at least 59 is expected. Only the academic format is accepted. Other exams, such as A-levels, IB, etc., may not be substituted for the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.

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Embargoed Countries

If you are a citizen of, or were born in, one of the following fully embargoed and sanctioned countries, please contact the Admissions Office at Rensselaer prior to applying: Cuba, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Sudan, Syria.