International Students

In an increasingly global business world, Babson believes it is important to have a student population that reflects international diversity, and students come to Babson from more than 80 countries around the world.

Babson values the individual cultural perspectives and experiences international students bring to the classroom and the community. With several academic concentrations and many student organizations that focus on multicultural and international perspectives, the academic and student life at Babson is one of a kind.

You also will be supported as you adjust to life in the United States. International Student and Scholar Services and the Centers for Career Development are two examples of offices that provide extensive resources and workshops for international students.

Applying to Babson

Undergraduate

Prospective international undergraduate students interested in applying to Babson go through the same application process as domestic students with the added requirement of the TOEFL or IELTS exam for applicants whose native language is not English. As an alternative to scheduling an interview through the Office of Undergraduate Admission, applicants from China also may choose to do so through InitialView.com.

Graduate

International graduate students should review the information below to ensure your application is complete. If you have any questions about completing your application, email Graduate Admissions or call 781-239-4317.

How to Submit Your International Language Test Scores

International Language Test Waiver Policy

TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE test scores and official English translations of all required academic documents must be submitted if:

  • Your native language is not English.
  • You have NOT earned a bachelor’s or master’s from an institution in the United States, U.K., Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

You may request an exam waiver if:

  • Your native language is English.
  • You have earned a degree from an institution in a country other than the United States, where the ONLY language of instruction was English.
  • The official national language of your country of citizenship is English.
  • You have been employed in the United States full time for at least two consecutive years.

Please email Graduate Admissions for additional instructions on how to request an exam waiver. Babson reserves the right to request a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test score from all international applicants.

Blended Learning MBAs

The Blended Learning MBA – Miami is considered a full-time program, and international applicants are eligible for F-1/J-1 student status.

The Blended Learning MBA in Wellesley is considered a part-time program. International applicants who are currently in nonimmigrant status (H-1B, B-1/B-2, L, TN, etc.), or who are currently outside of the United States seeking entry to earn a Babson MBA in the blended learning format in Wellesley, are not eligible for F-1/J-1 student status. International applicants interested in the Blended Learning MBA may be eligible for other nonimmigrant status depending on the status and the situation.

Certified Course Equivalency Evaluation

All graduate school applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. If your degree is from an institution outside of the United States, U.K., or Canada, you must provide an equivalency evaluation of your degree. Graduate Admissions will not be able to review your application without a copy of your course equivalency evaluation. Additionally, you must provide the institution’s status as public or private, as well as its recognition by the government or other accrediting agencies. For a list of organizations that evaluate educational credentials, please visit National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

Please follow one of the two options below to submit your certified course equivalency evaluation:

Preferred Option

Upload a copy of your equivalency evaluation with your application, or request an electronic submission of the evaluation be sent directly to Babson from one of the following credential evaluation services:

A final credential evaluation is required if your degree was not conferred at the time of your first evaluation. Most services charge a small additional fee to have the evaluation updated once the degree is conferred.

Second Option

Upload a copy of your transcript, with an official translation provided if the transcript is not in English. If you are admitted to Babson, you must send an official transcript for all academic work to the Graduate Admissions Office.

If you are unable to provide an official transcript, please email Graduate Admissions or call 781-239-4317.

Exchange

If your host institution is a partner organization of Babson’s you may be nominated to attend Babson. Exchange students are admitted as nondegree students and are eligible to take courses in all disciplines, including Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Arts and Humanities, and Technology. Learn more about the process to attend Babson as an exchange student.