Due to the evolving circumstances around COVID-19, international applicants may have difficulty submitting required documents. We will therefore evaluate all application requirements on a case-by-case basis. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your individual situation.
A Global Student Community
With a student body made up of citizens from around the globe, LIM offers a supportive, welcoming environment for international students.
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International Admissions Process
We define “international students” as those who require a student visa to attend LIM College and/or have attended school outside the U.S. (Chinese students should visit us on Weibo for more information.)
LIM has a rolling admissions policy. This means you can submit your application up until the beginning of the semester. However, we strongly recommend that international students submit their application as early as possible, to allow sufficient time for a visa to be issued.
Learn what it takes to become an LIM College student.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS CHECKLIST
To be considered for admissions, you must submit an online application along with a $40 non-refundable application fee or approved fee waiver. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for admissions.
High School/Secondary School Transcripts
The minimum academic requirement for admission to LIM College for an Undergraduate degree program is the completion of high school or secondary school. The high school or secondary documentation is required even if you have college or university work. A transcript (record of subjects/courses and grades) and verification of graduation is required. The document(s) must represent the equivalence of high school graduation in the U.S. All documents not written in English must be submitted along with a certified English translation. If your degree was completed outside of the United States the Office of Admissions may request your transcripts be evaluated by an evaluation agency approved by NACES, prior to enrollment.
*Please contact your Admissions Counselor for the specific documents required.
If you are enrolled in an undergraduate program, you must submit your official university or college transcripts for admission purposes and in order to have your records reviewed for transfer credits. If your documents are from another country, they must be submitted to an evaluation agency approved by NACES for an evaluation. All documents not written in English must be submitted along with a certified English translation.
*If you're currently enrolled in your degree you must submit a final official transcript prior to enrolling at LIM College. Please contact your Admissions Counselor for the specific documents required
University/College Records-Graduate Programs
Students must submit an official transcript from the institution in which the applicant holds an undergraduate degree. We may request transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended at the undergraduate or graduate level to make an admissions decision. If your documents are from another country, they may need to be submitted to an education credential evaluation service to determine U.S. degree and GPA equivalency. All documents not written in English must be submitted along with a certified English translation to an evaluation agency approved by NACES.
If you're currently enrolled in your degree you must submit a final official college transcript outlining the degree awarded prior to enrolling at LIM College.
*Please contact your Admissions Counselor for the specific documents required according to country of study.
All students who are not required to submit a credential evaluation, must forward official documents directly to the Office of Admissions. Official documents must be signed and sealed in original packaging and issued from the institution and are certified, notarized or attested.
3. English Proficiency
All non-native English language speakers must demonstrate English language competency.
Not required to prove English proficiency if:
- Applicants who graduated from an American, Canadian, or British school in and completed two (2) years of regular English courses.
- Student has taken at least two (2) years of English Composition in an accredited institution in the United States.
- Applicants from the following countries: American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Philippines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, St. Lucia, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, & U.S. Pacific Trust.
Prove language proficiency by:
- Evidence Based Reading/Writing SAT score of 530 or higher; or ACT English Language Arts score of 19 or higher.
- A transcript from an accredited and approved institution, indicating a grade of “C” or better in English composition.
- An official “A” level GSCE Certificate indicating a grade of “C” or better in English.
- Students earned at least 24 college credit hours or have made significant progress toward an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree from an accredited university.
All other applicants must submit proof of English proficiency. TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson's Test of English (PTE), TOEIC, and ITEP scores and meet the minimum requirement. All official scores must be less than two years old.
|Third Party Examinations||Acceptance Level|
|TOEFL*||Internet- 80 Paper-550|
|Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)||55|
|TOEIC||Listening/Reading: 700; Speaking / Writing: 7 or 270|
|ITEP||3.8 and above|
*If you achieve a TOEFL score between 65 and 72, you're eligible to be admitted into the Global Pathway to Fashion program for two semesters or if you achieve a TOEFL score between 73 and 79, you're eligible to be admitted for one semester. Click here to find out more information.
Our school code for the TOEFL is 2380. Scores are available as early as 15 business days from the date of testing. Please inform your Admissions Counselor if you will be taking the TOEFL or IELTS or if you will be enrolling in an English language program
Regardless of language proficiency all international students are required to take a placement exam upon their start of classes. Prior course work does not preclude students from remedial language or business courses based on placement.
In some cases, a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of 150 or greater, along with an Analytical Writing score of 3.55 or greater, can be used to meet our Proof of English Proficiency requirement, in combination with a successful Graduate Admissions Interview via Skype Video or in-person. The test must have been completed no more than two years prior to application submission and an official score report must be sent directly to LIM College. The use of the GRE score to meet our Proof of English proficiency requirement will be completely at the discretion of the Office of Graduate Admissions.
In some cases, a GMAT overall score of 556 or greater, along with a Verbal score of 27 or greater, can be used to meet our Proof of English Proficiency requirement, in combination with a successful Graduate Admissions Interview via Skype Video or in-person. The test must have been completed no more than two years prior to application submission and an official score report must be sent directly to LIM College. The use of the GRE score to meet our Proof of English proficiency requirement will be completely at the discretion of the Office of Graduate Admissions.
All instances that do not fit within these specified criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis. After review of your application, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation and/or translation of materials to support your application.U.S. citizens who have completed the majority of their coursework abroad may be considered international students for admissions purposes.
A personal interview is required by LIM College for international students. To schedule your interview, contact International Admissions.
After reviewing your application, the Office of Admissions reserves the right to request additional documentation and/or translation of materials in support of your application.
5. Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation from academic or work-related references. The letter of recommendation should demonstrate insight into your teamwork, leadership, communication, intellectual and interpersonal skills and abilities; as well as your level of maturity, strengths and weaknesses.
Send your letters of recommendation to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit them via our application portal.
In a 300-500 word essay, please describe the most significant experience, accomplishment, risk you have taken, moral dilemma or personal triumph you have faced and its impact on you.
Please respond to one of the following topics in a 350-500 word essay.
- Describe your specific career aspirations and your reason for pursuing a master's degree.
- Describe a career-related achievement or failure. How has this experience impacted your career?
- Discuss your commitment to, and passion for, working in the global fashion industry.
7. Activity Sheet
The activity sheet gives us a deeper understanding of your work and volunteer experiences, extracurricular activities and awards and achievements. It is not required for admissions consideration, but we strongly encourage you to submit an activity sheet. You may submit your resume in place of the activity sheet.
8. Applying for an I-20
All F-1 students that study in the United States need a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” Once accepted into a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified school, international students will receive a Form I-20 from their designated school official (DSO). Click below to get more information on applying for a Form I-20.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES
Once you have completed the application process, you will receive an admission decision (via email on LIM letterhead) within 4 to 6 weeks. The visa process then begins upon your acceptance to LIM College.
For Fall 2020 Admission
- New I-20 (applicants outside the U.S) applications are due by August 18, 2020.
- Transfer I-20 (applicants within the U.S.) applications are due by August 28, 2020.