Suffolk University has a proud tradition of welcoming international students to our dynamic, culturally diverse campus in the heart of Boston. Join our community and discover an entire world of new directions and opportunities for your future.

Please Submit the Following:

  • Common Application or Suffolk Application and a $50 application fee
  • Essay/personal statement
  • Official high school transcript* or GED/HiSET results
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Proof of English Proficiency Option - Select 1 of the options below
    • SAT or ACT scores in lieu of English Proficiency (SAT/ACT is not required of International Students)
    • TOEFL or IETLS score (TOEFL minimum is a 79, IELTS a 6.5)
    • DUOLINGO English Test-DET (Minimum percentage score of 70%)
    • Exempt if you’re from a country were English is the First and Official Language (Please submit the SAT or ACT only)
    • PTE-Academic with a minimum score of 54
    • IB HL English Predicted scores (if provided by your High School)
    • First Language English Exams in the IGCSE or GCSE or AS/A-Level Predicted/Actual results.
    • Gao Kao: students from mainland China who have taken the Gaokao exam and English was one of the three areas tested, may use their score in the language section. We require a minimum score of 120 for direct entry plus an interview with a staff member via Skype, InitialView or other acceptable means (interview required). You may arrange an interview by contacting


International students are automatically considered for merit scholarship funding when applying to Suffolk. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents may apply to be considered for financial aid

Suffolk can issue your I-20, allowing you to study in the U.S. only after a student has been admitted and your Confidential Declaration of Finances (PDF), bank statement, and a copy of your passport have been received. Although these documents are not required to process an admission application, we strongly encourage you to submit these documents when you apply.


*Applicants may be required to have their credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation service. Suggested agencies include: Center for Educational Documentation, Josef Silny & Associates, World Education Services, and SpanTran.



Starting College in Madrid, Spain:

Why wait until your Junior year to study abroad? Imagine spending your first year (or two) of college at our campus in Madrid, Spain. You get all the benefits of an American university experience and a leading European experience in a single program. By the time you come to our Boston campus, you’ll have an unmatched global perspective.

  • Outstanding academic program
  • Intimate, supportive atmosphere
  • Academic, social, cultural, and travel opportunities
  • Modern, fully equipped classrooms
  • Library with access to Suffolk’s library and databases in Boston
  • Classes in English

Tuition and fees for starting in Madrid

Art & Design

Art & Design Applicants:

Applying With Portfolio

BFA applicants applying as fine arts, graphic design, or interior architecture majors are required to submit a portfolio as part of the admission process.

Your portfolio should contain only your best–and most recent–work and should demonstrate versatility, showing that you are prepared for the diverse and rigorous first-year foundation program. You may include pieces produced in your high school art classes or on your own through courses at art schools, museums, and adult ed programs.

  • Your portfolio should consist of 12-15 examples of recent, original, finished work:
  • Pieces showing skill in observational drawing/painting (still life studies, self-portraits, figure studies)
  • You may also include abstract and design-based pieces in drawing, paint or collage
  • Work that demonstrates a range of media and techniques
  • Do not include anime, manga-based work, or pieces copied directly from photographs
  • Limit the number of computer-generated pieces

Submit your portfolio in ONE of the following ways:

Applying Without Portfolio

If you are a BFA applicant who does not have a portfolio, you can begin your studies at the University as "Undecided Arts and Sciences." Students who meet the stated conditions in their first semester will be considered for full entry into the BFA program.


Spring 2019 Admission & Financial Aid December 1
Early Action Fall 2019 Admission November 15
Fall 2019 Freshman Admission (Priority) February 15
Fall 2019 Transfer Admission (Priority) June 30