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International Applicants

Who is considered an International Applicant?

  • Applicants who are not US citizens are considered international applicants even if they are currently residing in or attending school in the US.
  • Applicants who are US citizens and live overseas are considered international applicants unless their parents file US tax returns.
  • US citizens employed overseas who file US tax returns are considered domestic applicants; however, you may still be required to submit Vericant and/or TOEFL or IELTS. See the English Language Proficiency Requirement section below for more information.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

St. Mark's does not offer an ESL program. All students are expected to be highly proficient in reading, writing, and speaking the English language before they can be considered for admission. This applies to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents as well as international applicants.

Meeting St. Mark's English Language Proficiency Requirement:

Proof of English proficiency through a Vericant interview and either a TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic exam is required for all applicants whose primary language is not English, or who are attending schools in countries where English is not the only official language unless:

  • You have already completed at least three years and are currently in your fourth year of full-time academic study in the United States or in a country where English is the only official language.
  • You have resided in a country where English is the sole official language and the primary conversational language of the country for a period of three consecutive years or more after the age of 5. In some countries, English is one of multiple officially recognized languages or it is not the primary language used to communicate outside of the classroom.

The Admission Office reserves the right to request proof of English proficiency in certain circumstances, even if one or more of the above conditions has been met. If you believe you may qualify for an English language proficiency waiver, please see the waiver request section below.


Frequently Asked Questions:

English Language Proficiency

Standardized Testing Information

General Application Questions