International Applicants

Welcome to Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont, USA! We are committed to the well-being and success of our international students.

From the application process through to your successful graduation from our unique university, Champlain College is there every step of the way, offering tailored advice and services which address the unique needs of international students and their families.

How to Apply as an International Student

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Fill Out an Application for FREE

You can apply to Champlain College using the Common Application or the Champlain College Application. Both are FREE. Regardless of which you choose, all applications are considered equally. Please do not submit more than one application for admission.

Common Application Champlain College Application

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Send Us Your Academic Records

Please follow the directions on your application to submit required documentation (listed below). If you prefer you may fax or mail documents directly: Fax to 802.860.2767 // Attention: Admissions Operations, 163 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05402

Academic Transcripts
You must send original documents or certified copies of academic transcripts, mark sheets, grade reports, diplomas or certificates, or national standardized examination results, which are translated into English.

  • Fax to 802.860.2767 // Attention: Admission Operations
  • Mail to Attention: Admissions Operations, 163 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05402
  • Common AppParchment, or Scoir

Portfolio

If you are applying to the Creative Media, Filmmaking, Game Art, Game Design, or Graphic Design & Visual Communication majors, please send us your portfolio. View our portfolio requirements.

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Provide Proof of English Proficiency

For students whose native language is not English, proof of English proficiency is required. There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Please have an official test score report sent to Champlain College in order to be considered for direct admission to the undergraduate program at Champlain. Our school's code for the TOEFL is 3291.

  • TOEFL (paper-based): 550 (no sub score lower than 50)
  • TOEFL (internet-based — iBT): 79+ (no sub score lower than 14)
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 (no sub score lower than 5.5)
  • PTE: 58
  • SAT Verbal: 500+
  • British 'O' Level English Pass: A-C
  • Cambridge Assessment English: C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency
  • Students who have been entirely educated in English are exempt.
  • High school or college students who have had at least 3 years of instruction in English at an accredited U.S. college/university/high school may supply official transcripts to see if they might be able to waive the English Proficiency requirement.

Important Note: The College reserves the right to request that an international student take a test to determine the student's level of English proficiency even if the student has submitted the required documentation to waive English proficiency listed above.

If you have any questions about these tests or have taken another English language test not listed here, please reach out to Jessa Karki at jkarki@champlain.edu to discuss.

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Letters of Recommendation

One recommendation should be from your school counselor and the other recommendation should be from someone who can best highlight your academic potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Due to the lengthy period of time needed for the visa process, we recommend that you apply as early as possible and by these preferred deadlines:

International Applicant Preferred Deadlines:

  • Fall (late-August): January 15th (international first-years & international transfers)
  • Spring (early-January): October 15th  (international first-years & international transfers)

If your application is not completed and ready for review by these preferred deadlines, there is a high probability that you would not be able to come to Champlain for your intended semester start. Please plan accordingly.

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Photo of International Admissions Counselor, Jessa KarkiJessa Karki

Director, Office of International Student Services & International Admissions Counselor
jkarki@champlain.edu
+1802.318.0365 (cell/WhatsApp)

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If you decide to come to Champlain College, a Form I-20 from Champlain College will allow you to obtain/renew an F-1 student visa which will allow you to study full-time in a degree-seeking program at Champlain College.

For more information on the visa and Form I-20 processes or services for international students at Champlain, please contact Jessa Karki at jkarki@champlain.edu.

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Champlain College is located in Burlington, Vermont, on Lake Champlain, about 156 km south of Montreal, QC, Canada. We are located 347 km north of Boston, MA, USA. The city of Burlington is home to three colleges and universities and has a population of about 40,000.

Champlain College is located about 10 minutes from the Burlington International Airport. This airport connects with New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Detroit, Orlando, and other major cities. Champlain College will provide initial airport pick-up for international students.

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Please visit the Tuition & Fees page for a complete breakdown of the cost to attend Champlain College.

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Champlain College offers generous merit-based scholarships for international students between $1,000 - $30,000 USD each year that renew themselves and this can significantly bring the cost of Champlain within that of our competitors. Our cost of attendance without merit-based financial aid is around $64,000 USD per year. 

Champlain College does not offer need-based financial aid or full tuition scholarships at this time for international students. 

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA) or state aid programs.

If accepted to Champlain College, an international student application will run automatically through our institutional merit-based scholarship system - no additional forms necessary!

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Champlain College is a test-optional university, which means SATs and ACTs are not required; however, as an international student, you will be required to show proof of English language proficiency or request a waiver. Please note that Champlain College reserves the right to request that an international student take a test to determine the student's level of English proficiency even if the student has submitted the required documentation to waive English proficiency.

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International students are guaranteed on-campus housing all four years at Champlain College. International students are able to stay in their Residential Halls over academic breaks, except summer break. All students are required to move out for the summer break unless they are doing an internship locally or are employed on-campus part-time.

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Admission counselor at Champlain College speaking with a student.

Personal Interviews Are Wonderful!

You can tell a lot about people by simply speaking with them. We offer optional Personal Interviews. The conversation is casual and can take place via Google Hangouts or Skype.  Learn more...

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Champlain Application Dashboard

Our Application Dashboard allows you to monitor the status of your application and determine if you have any outstanding requirements. If you do not already have an account for our Dashboard, please create one using the same email address you used when applying. Create your account or sign in...

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Download our International Student One Sheet

For an overview on the International Student admissions process and services available, please download this helpful PDF. Download now...

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