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International Students


Who is eligible to study at the BAC?
Any international student who has obtained the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma is eligible for the bachelor's degree programs at the BAC.  Any international student who has obtained a pre-professional or unrelated bachelor's degree from an accredited school is eligible for the master's degree programs at the BAC. Students with a prior degree in architecture, interior design or landscape architecture should determine if their degree is professional, making them overqualified for the program. This can be done through a foreign credential evaluation from www.ece.org or www.wes.org.

How much does it cost to study at the BAC?
Please see Tuition and Fees for a complete list of costs by program. 

Is financial aid available to international students?
The BAC does not offer federal financial aid to international students. International students are encouraged to find aid from outside organizations.

Can international students work?
On an F-1 student visa, students are permitted to 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) requirement under the Practical Curricular Training stipulation of the U.S. government. Work can be paid or unpaid and must meet the practice component requirements of the BAC's educational programs.

Where will I live?
The BAC sends a Housing Guide to all accepted students. The guide includes information about apartments, Boston neighborhoods, realtors and other moving-related issues, as well as an online roommate network of local Boston students. Students must find their own living accommodations. They often choose a location near their place of employment.

What is the minimum TOEFL and IELTS score requirement?
The BAC accepts students with a TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based) or 213 (computer-based), 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.

How long is the program?
The Bachelor of Architecture takes approximately 6 years, the Master of Architecture takes approximately 5 years, the Bachelor of Interior Design program is approximately 5 years, the Master of Interior Design program is approximately 3.5 years, the Bachelor of Design Studies programs are approximately 4 years, the Bachelor of Design Studies to Master of Architecture program is approximately 6.5 years, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture is approximately 5 years, and the Master of Landscape Architecture approximately 3 years. Length of stay varies, and can potentially be reduced, depending on prior academic and work experience. The length of the programs is due to the unique model of working during the day and taking classes in the evenings. The Master of Design Studies (MDS) in Historic Preservation or Sustainable Design are 2 years and combine online instruction with three week long intensives in Boston.

Is there an organization at the college that supports international student life in Boston?
Yes. The BAC Multicultural Design Exchange (MDX) meets regularly for workshops and social events to support the international students at the BAC. BAC also has a student chapter of NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) and other student organizations that promote diversity.

Will my visa allow me to do work in a profession while attending class?
Students on an F1 visa are eligible for to work under authorized curricular practical training (CPT). Please speak with the BAC International Student Advisor for more details.  Students enrolled in the MDS program are not eligible to work in the U.S.

Who should I contact with more questions?
Please contact the Assistant Director of Admissions, Meredith Spinnato, with questions.
E-mail: meredith.spinnato@the-bac.edu