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International Profile

At Emerson you’ll discover your perspectives and put them to use. A rich liberal arts curriculum is paired with concentrated studies in all areas of communication and arts, giving you the perfect balance of knowledge and know-how.

Located in the heart of Boston’s Theater District and across from the iconic Boston Common, Emerson’s campus stands at the crossroads of the city. With unparalleled access to internships, museums, hospitals, theaters, and cultural experiences, there is never a shortage of opportunities. From catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park to getting lost in the latest exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, the city remains at your doorstep.

Beyond Boston’s city limits, Emerson offers students the opportunity to spend a semester at their state-of-the-art Los Angeles center in California or at Kasteel Well, the College’s medieval castle in Well, the Netherlands. Emerson offers study and internship programs in Los Angeles and Washington, DC; study abroad in the Netherlands, Valencia, Beijing, and Prague; and course cross-registration with the six-member Boston ProArts Consortium.

Emerson offers students access to industry-leading facilities and equipment across all academic disciplines. The College is home to multiple theaters; a journalism production center with an integrated digital newsroom for aspiring journalists; the highly regarded Robbins Speech, Language, and Hearing Center; a state-of-the-art marketing suite and focus group room; WERS-FM, Boston’s oldest noncommercial radio station; Ploughshares, the award-winning literary journal for new writing; and much more.

An international perspective
Emerson students and faculty come from more than 50 countries. Our Office of International Student Affairs organizes a special international orientation program at the start of every semester and provides assistance with immigration and visa concerns as well as adjustment to life in the United States. These activities are supplemented by several student associations, such as Amigos (Latino student organization), ASIA (Asian Students for Intercultural Awareness), and EI: Emerson International, an organization dedicated to making international students feel at ease on campus by providing a link to members of their country as well as those from different cultural backgrounds.

Emerson accepts the Emerson Application and Common Application. Students are required to complete all parts of the application, including Emerson-specific questions and writing supplement. Other required credentials include high school transcripts, standardized test scores, and recommendation letters. Additional application credentials are required for students applying to Performing Arts programs, Comedic Arts, or Media Arts Production. For specific details on applying to Emerson, please visit emerson.edu/ugapply.




Boston, Massachusetts, is an international city with more than 30 foreign consulates, a busy international airport, and more than 40 colleges and universities. The city played an exciting role in United States history, and its nickname, “The Hub,” reflects its contemporary importance as a center of business, education, culture, and research. The climate is temperate with four distinct seasons.


Type of School: Coeducational, independent, founded in 1880 by Charles Wesley Emerson

Size of Campus: A dozen academic and residential buildings on Boston Common in the heart of the city’s Theater District

Number of Students: More than 3,700 undergraduate and 750 graduate students from across the United States and 60 countries

Number of Faculty: 456, with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1

Colleges, Programs, and Degrees:
Degrees: BA, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, MS

Accreditation: New England Association of Schools and Colleges

Schools and Departments:
• Business of Creative Enterprises
• School of the Arts, including the Departments of Comedic Arts; Performing Arts; Visual and Media Arts; and Writing, Literature, and Publishing
• School of Communication, including the Departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Communication Studies, Journalism, and Marketing Communication  
• Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, including Service Learning, the Honors Program, and self-designed majors

Iwasaki Library: More than 280,000 volumes and serial subscriptions, 10,000 microforms, 14,500 audio/visual materials, and 85,200 e-books

Geographic Diversity: Students from more than 49 states and 60 countries

International Student Services: Office of International Student Affairs, International Student Orientation, and international student organizations

International Student Budget: (2016–2017)
Tuition    $    42,144
Room and Board    $    16,320
Student Services Fee    $    764
Books, Supplies, and Incidentals    $    3,000
Total    $    62,228

Financial Aid: Financial assistance for international students is limited. Trustees Scholarships (half tuition) and Dean’s Scholarships ($14,000) are awarded to students for high academic achievement.

Test Score Requirements: Scores typically range between 1730–2010 (SAT) or 25–30 (ACT). If English is not your first language, a minimum iBT TOEFL of 80 or IELTS score of 7 is required.

Application Deadlines and Fees: September admission: January 15 (Early Action: November 1); January admission: November 1; application fee: $65