International Students

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An international student is defined as one whose country of permanent residence is not the United States. Foreign transcripts (if not in English) must be accompanied by an English translation. Additional information, beyond the original submission, may be required before SFI can determine a student’s final admissions status.

International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English to assure the ability to successfully complete the chosen program of study. Proficiency will be determined by an interview with the program director or academic affairs officer, or applicants must demonstrate English language competency through TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Under specific circumstance, the program director may choose to waive TOEFL requirements based on a personal interview and/or a field-specific assessment of language competency. A minimum paper-based TOEFL score of 550, a minimum internet-based TOEFL score of 79, or a minimum computer-based TOEFL score of 213 is required.

If accepted for admission, international applicants will be asked to provide documentation that demonstrates the ability to meet educational costs and living expenses while at the Institute. Upon confirmation of enrollment the Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Status (Form I-20) will be issued. International students are ineligible for the state and federal financial aid programs in which the Institute participates.

Seattle Film Institute does not provide visa or language services.

To maintain U.S. Customs & Immigration Service status, all international students are required to be enrolled as full-time students.