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SCI-Arc receives applications from over fifty 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 or IELTS Test Scores

Evaluated Transcripts

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

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 or IELTS Test Scores

All applicants who have attended an educational institution whose primary language of instruction is not English are required to demonstrate English proficiency. SCI-Arc requires either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

The minimum score requirement is ninety-two (92) for the Internet-based TOEFL or a 7.0 band score for the IELTS. Score reports are only valid for tests completed within the past two years.

Mailing Application Materials

When mailing official documents be sure to use the following address:

ATTN: SCI-Arc Office of Admissions
960 E. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

I-20/DS-2019 Information

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 into 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.

OPT Extension

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 admissions@sciarc.edu.