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International Admissions

Jennifer Stanley

International Student Enrollment Counselor

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The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is a nonprofit private design institution that is both regionally and professionally accredited. The BAC is situated in the heart of Boston's Back Bay, a historic and safe neighborhood that features over 400 years of innovative design. Easily accessible via public transportation, the BAC is surrounded by architecture and design firms, as well as some of the nation's best galleries, museums, cultural institutions, parks, restaurants, and shopping malls.

The BAC is a diverse, close-knit community of 750 architecture and design students who are passionate and creative thinkers looking to make a difference through their work. We are proud to host international students from over 40 countries, constituting 22% of the overall student population.

Academic Programs Available to International Students

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. Admission requirements may be found here.

Due to F-1 visa regulations, the Online Master of Architecture program is currently unavailable to international students.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
The Dean's Award is a competitive award granted to incoming students who have demonstrated academic excellence and financial need. It is a partial scholarship that is renewable for the duration of a student's program at the BAC provided they make satisfactory academic progress. Students are considered for this award if they complete their application by the priority deadline:

Fall semester: February 15
Spring semester: October 15

The BAC offers many other scholarships, honors, and awards to students who are enrolled in their degree programs. To read more about scholarship opportunities, please visit this page. International students may also apply for private student loans.

Transfer Credits

Students with a prior degree in architecture or design may request transfer credits by submitting either a transcript from a U.S. accredited institution or a course-by-course credential evaluation for any foreign transcript. Please note that credential evaluations are a requirement for all international applicants who did not attend a U.S. accredited institution, whether or not they have a previous degree in architecture. We recommend the following agencies:

Practice/Working Hours

On an international student (F-1) visa, students are permitted to work under the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) provision of the U.S. 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. Click here to read more about our student employment survey.

Student Life

The BAC is committed to promoting a community that celebrates, affirms, and vigorously pursues inclusiveness in all its forms. The Office of Student Life encourages community building, fosters leadership development, promotes social interaction, and enriches and enhances the academic experience. Check out the Student Life Blog to see how students are involved outside of the classroom.

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