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Clark is home to an exceptionally diverse community of students. Our undergraduates hail from countries across the globe, but all have one thing in common: a desire to challenge convention and change our world.

We are a vibrant community characterized by a multitude of voices and viewpoints, deeply rooted in our global identity. Our doors are open to students, faculty, and scholars from over 80 nations. We take great pride in the valuable contributions and achievements of our international students, as their diverse perspectives enrich our collective understanding. 

We invite you to explore our admissions requirements, academic offerings, and our beautiful home in the heart of New England.  

Who is an international student? 

A student who: 

  • Does not hold U.S. citizenship 
  • Does not hold U.S. Permanent Residency (green card holders) 

We seek students who want to be involved and are community-oriented, and those who believe that through bettering themselves, they are responsible for improving their lives, environment, systems, and tools. There is no one right way to move forward — so there is no one way to be a Clarkie.

International students may choose to apply as a Regular Decision, Early Action or Early Decision candidate, following the same application deadlines as all other applicants.

Decision Application Deadline Notification Release
Early Decision I November 15 Late December
Early Action November 15 Mid-January
Early Decision II January 15 Early February
Regular Decision January 15 Late March
Transfer – Fall Semester Start Rolling, February 1 – May 1 Rolling, within 4 weeks
Transfer – Spring Semester Start Rolling, September 1 – November 1 Rolling, within 4 weeks
First-Year – Spring Semester Start Rolling, September 1 – November 1 Rolling, within 4 weeks

Please ensure that all application documents are submitted in English. You may include both the original documents and their certified translations into English.

Application Checklist
  • Common Application, OR Coalition App with Scoir. There’s no application fee.
  • Transcript(s)
    • Transcript(s) must include the last three years of education and may be submitted through the Common Application or Coalition Application (preferred), or by emailing the documents directly to
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Please provide 2 recommendation letters—one from your school counselor and one from a teacher. Your recommenders can submit their letters via the Common Application or Coalition Application (preferred) or email them directly to If your school does not have a school counselor or university advisor, please submit recommendation letters from two academic teachers.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (see additional information below)
  • SAT or ACT scores (optional for all students)
    • School codes: SAT: 003279, ACT: 1808
  • CSS Profile (only if applying for need-based aid)

If English is not your native language, you must provide an official TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Pearson PTE score report. Your English proficiency will be assessed holistically, considering your scores, transcript, essay, and letters of recommendation.

If you have taken the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson PTE exams, we prefer receiving official test scores directly from the testing agency although we accept a scanned copy sent by you or your counselor/teacher to If you have taken Duolingo English Test, please ensure that the official score is sent directly from the Duolingo portal.

While we do not have specific minimum scores, below are general indicators of the minimum English proficiency for studying at Clark. Please note that meeting these indicators does not guarantee admission:

  • TOEFL iBT: 85 overall, with no sub-score below 20, or
  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no sub-score below 6, or
  • Duolingo: 120 overall, with no sub-score below 100, or
  • PTE: 61 overall, with no sub-score below 55

If we find that you meet the academic requirements for admission to Clark University but may benefit from additional language support, we will recommend our English for Academic Success Program or Undergraduate Pathway Programs. Depending on your English proficiency level, you may spend one to four semesters in one of these programs before transitioning to the undergraduate degree program.

An interview is optional but strongly encouraged. Interviews allow us to get to know you beyond the confines of your application, and you get to learn about Clark from a student or staff perspective.

For international students, interview can also be used as a supplementary measurement of your English proficiency.

Your options for an interview are:

All undergraduate admitted students, regardless of citizenship, are automatically considered for merit scholarships, and no separate application is required. International students can also apply for need-based financial aid by completing the CSS Profile at CSS Profile.

Clark offers the highly competitive Presidential Scholarship, covering tuition, room, and board. Awarded to 3-5 students annually, recipients are responsible for additional costs totaling approximately $10,000 per year. To apply for the Presidential Scholarship, first-year applicants for the Fall semester can indicate their interest on their application. Additional instructions for applying for the Presidential Scholarship will be sent via email shortly after submitting the application.

While Clark provides merit and need-based aid for international students, it may not cover all educational expenses. Typically, international students pay around $40,000 per year after considering scholarships and aid. Our total cost of attendance is approximately $75,000 per year.

Please note, our admissions process is need-aware, meaning the student and family’s ability to pay may impact the admissions decision. An application may be denied if a student’s indicated financial need exceeds what we can offer through scholarships and aid.

For more details on merit scholarships, financial aid, and costs, visit:

Clark University offers advanced standing credit for certain academic programs completed prior to enrollment. This includes Advanced Placement (AP), British A-Level, and the International Baccalaureate (IB).

Additionally, other international programs that may qualify for advanced standing credit include the Ontario 13th Year, Quebec CEGEP, German ABITUR, Swiss MATURA, Italian MATURITA, French or Moroccan Baccalaureate, and the CAPE Diploma. Evaluation for advanced standing credit for other programs is done on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any questions about advanced standing credit eligibility, please contact the Academic Advising Office for assistance.

Have additional questions?

If you haven’t found the answers you need in the information provided above or on our Frequently Asked Questions page, please don’t hesitate to email us at for further assistance.

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American Language and Culture Institute

Clark’s American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) offers multiple programs for international students to meet their English language learning goals, either concurrently with or in preparation for degree-seeking coursework.

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Clark International Students

We Are Many. We Are One.

Clark University is global in both reach and spirit. Meet Jose Castillo Montenegro of Chile, who explains what it’s like to be an international student at Clark.


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Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions Office
Office Hours
  • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

    Selected Saturdays in the Fall and Spring