International Students

On the friendly campus of Nichols College, differences are respected. It’s our mission to develop tomorrow’s leaders through a dynamic, career-focused business education. Our model of global business education provides the world-class academics, the tools and the real-world experience you need to create a meaningful career.

As an international student, you’ll follow the same application process as American students, but you will need to submit additional documentation.

What you need to know

  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires that all international students maintain full-time status. You will be required to take 12 -19 credits in an undergraduate program or 9 credits in a graduate program each term.
  • You must be able to read, speak and write English fluently to enroll. Proficiency may be met by one of the following: achieving scores of 213 (computer) /550 (written) or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), study at an approved English language school, acceptable scores on either the SAT or the ACT tests, or other methods that document your fluency.
  • Information on TOEFL test dates and locations is available at TOEFL should be taken within one year of enrollment.
  • Nichols has a partnership with the EC Boston in Boston MA., to help our English as a Second Language (ESL) students. To learn more, visit
  • Massachusetts State law requires that students enrolled at 3/4 full-time enrollment (9 credits) participate in a qualifying student health insurance program or in a health benefit plan with comparable coverage.
  • The application fee of $25 may be paid with an international money order or bank draft. This fee is waived when you apply online.
  • Letters of recommendation, essay and transcripts must be submitted in English.
  • You cannot apply for a student visa until you have been accepted. Before you can start that process, we will ask for documentation that you are able to meet financial expenses. You may find this link helpful:
  • If you are admitted, you must pay a $4,500.00 deposit and submit an Affidavit of Financial Support with official certification from your bank. Your student visa cannot be issued without these items.
  • This College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

Apply Now as a Day Undergraduate Student

Download the International Undergraduate Application

Apply Now as a GPS Student

Download the International Graduate Application

International Student Document Checklist

Once all documents are received, our International Counselors will consider your application and contact you directly. If you have questions, our staff is here to help you through the admissions process:

Undergraduate Day Program

Emily Reardon, International Admission Counselor
508-213-2275 or

Graduate and Professional Studies (Evening, Online, Graduate)

Nora Luquer, Associate Director of admissions
508-213-2295 or