International Students

SMFA at Tufts has a history of cultivating intellectual, interdisciplinary, and self-directed artists from across the world. The development of a contemporary art practice is not rooted in any one location, and embraces both traditional and current influences, techniques that span eras, and an understanding of art history from both past and present. 

For these reasons, we value the diversity of experiences and interests that international students bring to our community. In addition, Tufts supports all international students during their transition to campus through resources such as our Undergraduate Global Orientation, and the Tufts International Center, which assists international students with the I-20 process, raises intercultural awareness, and advocates a campus climate that respects and values cultural differences.


During the academic application review, we evaluate you within the context of your national academic system. Our admissions office is familiar with different educational systems, such as the GCSE and GCE A-levels, the French Baccalaureate, the International Baccalaureate, and the Abitur, among others. Our office is also aware of the varying levels of extracurricular opportunities available for many international students.

Although all undergraduate applicants must complete standardized tests for a U.S. secondary system, these tests are interpreted in the context of one's international background. 

International students must complete the full application requirements for either First-Year, Transfer, or Graduate admissions. In addition, all international students, for whom English is not the primary language and not the language of instruction in their secondary school/undergraduate study, are required to submit English-language testing. 

More details on the Tufts application requirements and deadlines for international students, as well as Frequently Asked Questions, are available on the Tufts Undergraduate Admissions site.

English-Language Testing

Tufts requires English-language testing if English is not your primary language, or was not the language of instruction in your secondary school or during your undergraduate studies. 

We do not require English-language testing for students who have at least three years of study in a secondary school where the primary language is English, or who have earned an undergraduate degree where the primary language is English.

Undergraduate applicants to the BFA and Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS programs, are expected to earn the following minimum scores:

TOEFL (internet-based)           100
IELTS                                                      7
PTE                                                           68

Information regarding English-language testing exemptions for undergraduate applicants is available on the Tufts Undergraduate Admissions site.

Graduate applicants to the MFA and Studio Art Post-Bac, are expected to earn the following minimum scores:

TOEFL (internet-based)             85
IELTS                                                       6.5

Information regarding English language testing exemptions for graduate applicants is available on the Tufts Graduate site.

* The Tufts code for TOEFL submission is 3901.

Financial Aid

For undergraduate students, Tufts University is proud to meet 100% of the full demonstrated need of all admitted students, for their entire Tufts career. Each year, Tufts awards more than $86 million in need-based financial aid. We are serious about making sure that all admitted students can afford a Tufts education. 

All of our financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need; for international students, this is determined through the analysis of family resources on the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE. If enrolling at Tufts, international students are also required to submit the International Student Certification of Finances document to the International Center. 

Students must indicate their plans to apply for financial aid when they apply for admission, as assistance is not available to students who do not receive aid upon admittance. More detailed information on applying for financial aid as an international student is available on the Tufts Undergraduate Admissions site

We offer generous merit-based scholarships for high achieving graduate student applicants. Other scholarships, grants (including the Montague Travel Grant), and Teaching Assistantships are available for enrolled students. In addition, graduates of the MFA program are eligible for our Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship and graduates of all SMFA at Tufts programs are eligible for the Traveling Fellowship, which supports the exploration and research that are critical in an artist’s career.

Additional information regarding tuition & fees and financial aid for graduate study is available on the Tufts Graduate site.