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International students interested in enrolling in the Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.Ed) program need both musical and academic competence to attain the degree. The strengths and background of each applicant are weighed on an individual basis in an effort to determine the candidate's potential for success. In general, however, preference is given to applicants who fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Graduate from an accredited secondary school or its equivalent with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  2. Complete the following coursework at the secondary level:
    • 3 years of English
    • 2 years of mathematics
    • 2 years of science
    • 3 years of social science
    • 2 years of electives in foreign language or art
    • 3 years of electives in music, or evidence of successful participation in music ensembles and classes
  3. Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  The Internet-based TOEFL test (IBT) measures the areas of reading, listening, writing and speaking.  VanderCook requires a minimum score of 70 on the IBT.
  4. *Complete the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a recommended combined score of 1100 (reading plus math), or the American College Test (ACT) with a recommended composite score of 22 (writing component strongly suggested).

*Completion of the SAT and/or ACT is not a condition of acceptance; however, the minimum scores listed above would make a student exempt from a standardized test typically taken during the second year of study.



International students considering enrolling in VanderCook College of Music should contact the Admissions Office. Our admissions personnel are trained to assist you in completing your application, and to answer your questions about the College. Applicants for the B.M.Ed. program should follow the following procedure:

  1. Complete the online Undergraduate Application, which includes
    • $35 non-refundable application fee
    • Essay describing your desire to pursue a degree in music education. Could answer: How has music affected your life? Why is becoming a music educator important to you? How can you, as a music educator, affect the lives of your students?
    • Names and email address for three references (could include teachers, administrators, private instructors, clergy, or employers). They will receive an online reference questionnaire to complete.
    • Copies of biographical pages of passport
    • Recorded audition - guidelines and audition criteria are available here. If you are traveling to Chicago, you may audition in person, but the recorded audition is accepted if travel is not an option.
  2. Submit high school transcripts indicating all coursework completed to date. (A final transcript indicating graduation and a copy of the high school diploma will be required prior to final admission and enrollment in the College.)
  3. Submit TOEFL scores.
  4. (OPTIONAL) Submit SAT and/or ACT scores, where applicable. This is NOT required, but could be used to waive the Test of Academic Proficiency.

Applicants are notified of admissions decisions after application files are complete as listed above. (In general, this decision is made within two weeks of receipt of all materials, although delays may occur during semester breaks.)

If you prefer, you may download a printable version of the application to mail.

All mailed materials should be sent to:

Office of Admission
VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal St.
Chicago, Illinois 60616

All required materials must be in the Admissions Office at least 30 days prior to the start of each semester.



Once you are accepted, VanderCook College of Music will issue your I-20, which is needed to apply for your F-1 visa and to enter the United States. Once you receive your I-20 and decide to attend VanderCook, please follow these next steps:

  1. Send the following items to VanderCook College of Music:
    1. Signed copy of your Offer of Admissions
    2. $100 non-refundable deposit
    3. Proof of financial support showing ability to cover the tuition and fees for one year of VanderCook
  2. Pay your I-901 SEVIS fee. More information at:
  3. Apply for your F-1 Visa at your U.S. Embassy or Consulate




Getting Involved/Student Organizations

The Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) has several student organizations and events designed to assist international students in getting involved and transitioning to Chicago.

City of Chicago

VanderCook College of Music is located on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology and is just 3 miles south of downtown Chicago. There are many opportunities to explore the attractions and experience the culture of Chicago!


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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