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International Students

International Students

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences(SNHS) welcomes applications from international students. Students for whom English is not their first language are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score that demonstrates satisfactory proficiency. This exam is exempted if a student earned a bachelor's or master's degree from at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or from a post-secondary institution abroad which is recognized by the Ministry of Education in the home country of an English-speaking country only. SNHS must receive test scores directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). This test must have been taken within two years prior to the application deadline;SNHS is unable to accept electronic scores so allow 4-6 weeks for us to receive official scores.

Visa Requirements and Full-Time Academic Status

Due to immigration stipulations, international students requiring a student visa to study in the U.S. must be enrolled full-time in a degree-granting academic program. Carefully review the individual program descriptions in this website since not all programs are full- time and a full-time course loads are different for each program.

Additionally, if you are currently in the U.S. and have any visa other than an F-1, you must check with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services regarding procedures for changing your visa status. International students requiring an F-1 vsa cannot enroll in non-degree courses nor can they be admitted provisionally pending completion of admission requirements.

For information specific to the DE (Direct Entry Nursing ) program, please see the introduction to the program in the DE section of the website

Application Deadlines

International students may apply only to the fall (September) semester (except for applicants to the  Professional D.P.T. program which begins in late June). Review application deadline dates for programs in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Deadline dates differ. Check the program page in this site for these dates. These dates are when all electronic and paper materials must be received, not the postmark date. It is imperative that students who have or are studying abroad begin the application process at least six months prior to the deadline. Please allow ample time for the pace of international postal systems, obtaining visa documents, arrival in the U.S., and transitioning to a new environment. International students will not be allowed to enroll if they arrive after the official start of the term.

Required Academic Records

In the U.S. academic records or mark sheets are called "transcripts" (this is the term used throughout this web site). All applicants who have studied abroad must submit official (signed in original ink and stamped with a seal) academic records for study completed at all universities (including schools where no degree or certificate was earned by the student). These documents should include end-of-year result sheets for each year of university study, national exam results, and a copy of degrees or certificates, both in the native language and English translations. Photocopies or facsimiles of mark sheets and exam results for the final year alone are not acceptable. Additionally, the academic records may need to be evaluated by an agency specified by the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Degrees earned abroad must be from an institution of higher learning which is officially recognized by the home country's Ministry of Education.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences may require an evaluation of an applicant's academic credentials from abroad. These evaluation reports do not replace the need for signed/sealed academic records. These reports are interpretations of a student's academic history and U.S. colleges and universities may accept all or partial information in these assessments.

A "college" abroad usually means a secondary institution whereas in the U.S., a college is an institution providing higher education. A college can be part of a larger university or represent a singular institution such as Simmons College. Academic records from overseas colleges which are actually secondary schools (high schools in the U.S.) are not required as part of the application process. Courses taken at the secondary level do not fulfill the prerequisite requirements for application and admission to a graduate program. A baccalaureate in the U.S. is a first university degree. Many overseas systems award baccalaureates which represent the completion of secondary education or a year beyond.

Required Standardized Test Results

D.P.T. applicants must submit official paper scores of the GRE (Graduate Record Exam), taken within the five years prior to the application deadline. Copies of student score reports are not acceptable. SNHS is unable to accept GRE scores electronically although PTCAS can do so.The SNHS code is 3761. Further information about this exam can be obtained by directly contacting GRE; Educational Testing Service; P.O. Box 6000; Princeton, New Jersey; 08541-6000; telephone 609-771-7670 or

Students whose first language is not English (regardless of citizenship) must submit official scores of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), taken within two years prior to the application deadline. No other English proficiency exam is acceptable. The TOEFL requirement is based on native language not citizenship.

Applicants who have graduated from post-secondary institutions abroad (recognized by the Ministry of Education in the host country) in English-speaking countries only or applicants who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree at regionally accredited U.S. institutions do not need to submit TOEFL.

TOEFL does not replace the GRE: both exams are required for application to the D.P.T. program.The minimum acceptable score is 570 (Paper Test) or 230 (Computer Test) or 88 (Internet based). Copies of student score reports are not acceptable. Please be certain to take the TOEFL 2-3 months in advance of the deadline to assure that we receive an official score report on time. The SNHS code is 3761.

Further information about this exam can be obtained by directly contacting TOEFL; Educational Testing Service; P.O. Box 6151; Princeton, New Jersey; 08541-6151; telephone: 215-750-8050 or

Applications cannot be reviewed without the receipt of these test scores. It is very important that applicants register for these exams well in advance of applying for admission.

Required Financial Documentation

All non-U.S. citizens who will require a student visa for study in the U.S. must provide accurate and current (within six months prior to applying) evidence of ability to pay for the cost of a Simmons education. These costs are variable (but include fixed and living costs beyond tuition) and outlined on the Certification of Finances Form.
This form is available by calling the Office of Admission at 617-521-2605.

 This form must be completed and returned directly to the SNHS Office of Admission. In addition, an original signed statement from the applicant's sponsor indicating a willingness to provide financial support and a statement from the sponsor's bank verifying the availability of sufficient funds must be received.

All documents must be signed in original ink, written in English, and funds must be shown in U.S. dollars ($).
It is very important for the applicant to inquire about the regulations in the home country concerning transfer of funds. Applications cannot be reviewed without certification and documentation of financial resources. This information is required in order to process an I-20 to obtain an F-1 student visa.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers limited merit awards. These scholarship awards are very competitive and are based on academic achievement. Students must be enrolled full-time for consideration. Applicants should understand that stipends do not cover the entire cost of tuition.

All applicants are considered for merit awards during the application review process; no separate application is required. Simmons College does not offer state or federal financial aid to non-U.S. citizens. Because Simmons College and SNHS are unable to provide extensive funding to non-U.S. citizens, please carefully consider the ability to meet the financial obligations before submitting an application.

Academic Year

For each academic semester, students receive grades for each subject (course) taken. The first (fall) semester generally begins in early September and ends in mid December. The second (spring) semester begins in mid January and ends in mid May. Additionally, there are summer sessions lasting from May to August. Most programs begin in the fall (September) semester.

Grading and Credit Hours

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Simmons College awards letter grades for all completed courses: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Poor, F=Fail, and P=Pass. Each letter grade is assigned a value: A=4.00, B=3.00, C=2.00, D=1.00, and F=0. Each course carries a certain number of credit hours, where usually, one credit is equal to one hour of classroom instruction. Graduate courses are usually worth three credits although some are worth four, two, or one. The total number of credit hours required to obtain a specific degree will determine the number of courses a student needs to complete the program.

Arrival at Simmons College

It is important that international students plan properly to arrive at the required time to commence their studies. Allow ample time for obtaining immigration documents, shipping personal items and adjustment due to time and climactic changes. Students will NOT be allowed to enroll in classes if they arrive after classes have officially started. It is imperative that students allow adequate time for moving, student orientation, and establishing contacts.