SCI-Arc receives applications from over 90 countries each year. In order to account for the diversity of international educational systems, students applying from schools abroad are required to submit additional application materials.
All application materials must be submitted in English. In addition to the program-specific application requirements, the following documents are required:
- Evaluated Transcripts
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test Score
Applicants who have attended or are attending an educational institution outside the United States not accredited by a US Regional Accrediting Organization are required to have their transcripts evaluated by a member organization of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to determine their United States’ educational equivalent.
All evaluation reports must include the following information:
- Name(s) of Institution(s) Attended
- Dates of Attendance
- Degree(s) Earned
- Cumulative Grade Point Average
- Accreditation Status
For M.Arch 2 and B.Arch transfer applicants, evaluation reports must also include:
- List of individual courses
- Unit per course
- Grade equivalent per course
Transcripts translated to English are not equivalent to evaluated transcripts and will not be accepted.
Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test Score
All applicants who have attended an educational institution where the primary language of instruction is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency. SCI-Arc requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Exam, or the Duolingo English Test.
The minimum score requirement is ninety-two (92) for the Internet-based TOEFL, a 7.0 band score for the IELTS, or a one-hundred-fifteen (115) score for the Duolingo English Test. Score reports are only valid for tests completed within the past two years.
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Mailing Application Materials
We request that official documents be submitted electronically.
If physical mailing is required, be sure to use the following address:
ATTN: SCI-Arc Office of Admissions
960 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Upon acceptance to SCI-Arc, all international students will be provided with the documentation needed by the Office of Admissions in order to issue their I-20/DS-2019 Form. The I-20/DS-2019 Form is used to initiate the process for obtaining a visa (F-1/J-1). Documentation and specific details regarding this process will be provided to the student along with their acceptance letter.
I-20s will not be issued to international students entering SCI-Arc’s short-term summer programs Making+Meaning (M+M) and Design Immersion Days (DID). Students will be responsible for acquiring their own visa for the duration of the program.
SCI-Arc’s B.Arch, M.Arch 1, M.Arch 2, and Master of Science degree programs have been approved by the US government as official STEM designated programs of study under its Architectural and Building Sciences/Technology category (CIP code 04.0902). STEM designation will allow highly skilled international students who graduate from SCI-Arc in the above programs of study to apply for the 24-month OPT extension and possibly remain in the US for a maximum of 36 months on the F-1 visa.
For any questions during the application process, contact the Office of Admissions at 213.356.5320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.