Thank you for your interest in the Boston Architectural College! The BAC maintains a policy of open admission, stemming from the philosophy that those who wish to pursue the study and practice of design deserve an opportunity to do so. Admission decisions are made throughout the year on a rolling basis, and the BAC does not require its applicants to hold a prior design degree. International applicants need to satisfy the same application requirements as applicants from the USA, and they have to submit the same application form, along with proof of English proficiency and a credential evaluation for prior degrees.
The Boston Architectural College is approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to host F-1 visa undergraduate and graduate international students for the following degrees.
Academic Programs Available to International Students
- Bachelor of Architecture
- Bachelor of Interior Architecture
- Bachelor of Design Studies
- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture
- Master of Architecture (onsite)
- Master of Interior Architecture
- Master of Design Studies
- Master of Landscape Architecture
At this time, the Distance Master of Architecture Track and the Master of Science in Interior Architecture programs are only available to US citizens and permanent residents due to visa restrictions affecting some low-residency programs.
Who is eligible to study at the Boston Architectural College?
- International students who hold a US high school diploma or the equivalency of a US high school diploma (completion of secondary education)
- International students who are currently studying at a community college or another college or university in the United States and wish to transfer to the BAC
- International students who hold a US undergraduate degree or the equivalency of a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
- International students who hold a US graduate degree or the equivalency of a US master's degree
- International students who are currently studying at another college or university in the United States and who wish to transfer to the BAC
Saudi students interested in attending the BAC, please confirm program eligibility with SACM.
Am I considered an International Student?
The BAC considers all students who do not hold permanent residency in the US or have US citizenship to be international applicants. If you are in the process of obtaining permanent residency, even if you have received an approval notice (I-797), you are considered an international applicant until you hold the Green Card (except for foreign nationals married to a US Citizen with the approval notice from USCIS).
If you are in the United States in a visa category other than F-1, you are considered an international applicant. You need to verify with your primary visa holder, or sponsor, if a full course of study is permitted under your current visa status.
Can international students work?
On an international student visa, students are permitted to work under the Practical Curricular Training provision of the US government immigration regulations. Work can be part-time or full-time, unpaid or paid, but must meet the practice component requirements of the BAC's educational programs. International student may only work until they have completed the BAC's 50-credit (B.Arch, BDS–M.Arch, M.Arch), 36-credit (BID), 30-credit (MID), 21-credit (BLA), or 9-credit (MLA) practice requirement.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
The BAC accepts students with a TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) or 213 (computer-based), Cambridge English score of 176–184, and IELTS minimum band score of 6.5. The BAC recommends that all students with borderline scores speak with the International Student Advisor regarding English proficiency requirements in the degree programs...more.
The BAC offers Conditional Letters of Acceptance for undergraduate and graduate students who have not taken the a English proficiency exam or have scored below the minimum required admissions scores and are attending one of our English Language Partners:
- ASC English
Completion of ASC English Level 5 (accepted for undergraduate and graduate students)
- ELS Educational Services, Inc.
Completion of ELS Level 112 intensive program (accepted for undergraduate and graduate students)
- ILSC Language Schools
Completion of the A1 level in their university pathway program (accepted for undergraduate and graduate students)
- International Language Institute of Massachusetts
Completion of the International Language Institute of Massachusetts intensive English program (level 7 for undergraduate and level 8 for graduate students)
- Kings Colleges
Completion of the Kings Colleges university pathway program (accepted for undergraduate and graduate students)
Students with a prior degree in architecture or interior design, and students requesting transfer credit from institutions outside of the United States, must include a credential evaluation with their application materials.
The BAC recommends a "course-by-course" evaluation from either:
Admitted transfer and second-degree international students are able to request transfer credits. Students with a prior degree or background in architecture or interior or landscape design, and students requesting transfer credits from institutions outside of the United States, must include a portfolio and a "course-by-course" credential evaluation with their application...more.