International Admissions

International students interested in enrolling in the 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. Obtain and complete the Undergraduate Application. Download a printable version.
  2. Send the completed application, all required materials, copies of biographical pages of passport, and the $35 non-refundable application fee to:
    Office of Admission
    VanderCook College of Music
    3140 S. Federal St.
    Chicago, Illinois 60616
  3. 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.)
  4. Submit TOEFL scores.
  5. Submit SAT and/or ACT scores (where applicable).
  6. Contact the Office of Admissions, (312) 788-1120, to schedule an audition date and interview. Recorded auditions may be submitted via DVD for the time being, but will be submittable online by September 2013.  Audition criteria are available here.
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation from high school teachers, administrators, private instructors, clergy or employers.
  8. Applicants are notified of admissions decisions after admissions files are complete. (In general, this decision is made within two weeks of receipt of all materials, although delays may occur during semester breaks.)
  9. Students accepted into the College should submit a tuition deposit of $100 by June 1 (or December 1, if beginning study in the spring semester) as an indication of their intent to enroll at VanderCook College. This deposit is non-refundable.

All required materials must be in the Admissions Office at least 30 days prior to the date of admission.

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