Maine College of Art welcomes applications from international students. Due to the time involved in fulfilling legal requirements, it is recommended that international applicants submit all application materials six months prior to the start of the semester.

International BFA Application Requirements

2017 BFA program deadline dates are: Early Action: December 1, 2016; Priority deadline: March 1, 2017. For a digital international brochure, click here. To apply for admissions as a full-time Bachelor of Fine Arts degree student, the following items must be submitted:

Application Requirements

  • A non-refundable $60 U.S. currency application fee. Checks, money orders, and credit cards are accepted. Please do not send cash.
  • A personal statement. The ability to write effectively and communicate clearly is essential to success in college. All applicants must submit a typed, 500-word essay addressing the question: Why art, Why MECA?
  • Official high school transcripts or official scored report of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Transcripts will be considered official if they arrive to MECA in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution or an approved credential evaluation company. The applicant can deliver transcripts as long as they are in an unopened enveloped stamped and sealed by the issuing institution or company.
    • Applicants who attended postsecondary institutions outside of the United States are required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES)
    • All documents must be in English, therefore official translations are required.
    • Only original copies of transcripts will be considered official, and they must arrive in an envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. If originals are not available, certified copies must be presented. Photocopies are not accepted.
    • Please note: if transfer credit is being sought, applicants must request a “course by course” credential evaluation report through World Education Services.
  • SAT/ACT scores are optional.
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from two of the following: art teacher, guidance counselor, current academic teacher, and/or employer.
  • A portfolio of 15-20 pieces of recent artwork. Ideally, some of these pieces should be done from direct observation of three-dimensional, live situations. Portfolios can be submitted digitally. Work can be submitted on disk as high quality jpegs, at least 800 x 600 pixels but no larger than 1024 x 768 pixels. Work can also be submitted electronically through SlideRoom.
  • Demonstration of English proficiency.If your primary language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The following are acceptable forms of documentation:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA.
    • Written TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 550.
    • Internet TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 79.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA. Score of 6.5.
    • Graduation from a U.S. high school with at least 2 years of high school English, not in conjunction with English as a Second Language (ESL) and documentation of a B average or higher.
    • Completion of 2 consecutive semesters of English Composition taken at a regionally accredited U.S. college while carrying a full-time course load and not in conjunction with ESL. A minimum grade of B is required in each semester.
    • If you have completed the equivalent of 2 years at an English speaking higher education Institution and have at least a 3.0 GPA

Please have materials mailed to us at our address:
522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine, 04101, USA.

Contact us:
Jon Rudnicki
Phone: 1.207.669.5021
Cell+Text: 1.207.420.1665
jrudnicki@meca.edu

How to get an I-20 Form for BFA

You will need an I-20 Form to apply for a student visa through a US Consulate or Embassy. Once you have been accepted for admission and submitted a $300 enrollment deposit, MECA will issue you an I-20 Form. You will need to submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions in order to receive your I-20:

  • Declaration of Finances (DOF) form (will be provided upon acceptance).
  • For your DOF to be processed we will need a scanned copy of your passport in color. You can send this with your completed DOF mail or send a digital copy.
  • The United States Citizen and Immigration Service requires that international applicants submit to MECA a declaration of finances (DOF) indicating that the applicant has financial resources adequate to provide for his or her expenses without resorting to unauthorized employment. The amount declared must reflect the total sum of tuition, fees and living expenses for one academic year of study and must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at MECA.
  • Verification of Finances (VOF)

All funds declared on the DOF must be substantiated by a verification of finances (VOF) from the student’s bank or sponsor’s bank.  All documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars, or the bank must supply the current exchange rate.  Official and original documentation must be provided.  All supporting documentation must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at Maine College of Art.

Please note: It can take up to six weeks for an I-20 Form to be processed and delivered to most countries.  You are encouraged to submit this documentation as soon as possible, especially if mail delivery may be slow from the US to your country.

Conditional Admissions

Conditional admissions is offered only to students who are accepted into the BFA program but don’t meet the minimum English language requirements (see application requirements). MECA’s partnership bridging program, RIA – English Language Institute, located in Providence, Rhode Island, is available to provide students with intensive English language proficiency courses, college courses, housing, and student VISA required I-20s. After specific criteria for English proficiency is met students can transition to MECA.

International MFA Application Requirements

2017 MFA program deadline dates are: Early Action: December 1, 2016; Priority deadline: February 20, 2017. Priority deadline for Full Tuition Scholar is January 27, 2017. To apply for admissions as a full-time Master of Fine Arts degree student, the following items must be submitted:

Application Requirements

  • A completed and signed application form.
  • A non-refundable $70 U.S. currency application fee. Checks, money orders, and credit cards are accepted. Please do not send cash.
  • A letter of intent of roughly seven-hundred and fifty words that  describes the applicant’s intended field of exploration. The letter of intent should include  an analysis of the applicant’s current work and goals for graduate study. Goals may include material, cultural, or critical contexts.
  • Up to twenty digital images or 10 minutes of video maximum via the online Slideroom application or on a disk.
  • A full curriculum vitae (education, employment history, exhibitions, publications, honors, etc.)
  • Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Only original copies of transcripts will be considered official, and they must arrive in an envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. If originals are not available, certified copies must be presented. Photocopies are not accepted.
  • Two letters of recommendation written by individuals who can speak from direct experience about the applicant’s potential to thrive within a rigorous, cross-disciplinary graduate environment. Letters should address the candidate’s ability to work independently, to contribute to an intensive learning community, as well as the candidate’s artistic promise.
  • Demonstration of English proficiency. If your primary language is not English, you will be required to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The following are acceptable forms of documentation:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA.
    • Written TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 550.
    • Internet TOEFL Test: Minimum test score of 85.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official score reports must be dated within two years of intended start date at MECA. Minimum score of 6.5.
    • Graduation from a U.S. high school or  with at least 2 years of high school English, not in conjunction with English as a Second Language (ESL) and documentation of a B average or higher.
    • Completion of 2 consecutive semesters of English Composition taken at a regionally accredited U.S. college while carrying a full-time course load and not in conjunction with ESL. A minimum grade of B is required in each semester.
    • (Transfer students): if you have completed the equivalent of 2 years at an English speaking higher education Institution and have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Some candidates may be interviewed by the Admissions Committee. Finalists may be required to make a presentation of their work to the Committee or submit additional written work as requested.

Accepted international students will need to complete the Declaration of Finances (DOF) form.

Please have materials mailed to us at our address:
522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine, 04101, USA.

Contact us:
Jon Rudnicki
Phone: 1.207.669.5021
Cell+Text: 1.207.420.1665
jrudnicki@meca.edu

How to get an I-20 Form for MFA

You will need an I-20 Form to apply for a student visa through a US Consulate or Embassy. Once you have been accepted for admission and submitted a $300 enrollment deposit, MECA will issue you an I-20 Form. You will need to submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions in order to receive your I-20:

  • Declaration of Finances (DOF) form.
  • For your DOF to be processed we will need a scanned copy of your passport in color. You can send this with your completed DOF mail or send a digital copy.
  • The United States Citizen and Immigration Service requires that international applicants submit to MECA a declaration of finances (DOF) indicating that the applicant has financial resources adequate to provide for his or her expenses without resorting to unauthorized employment. The amount declared must reflect the total sum of tuition, fees and living expenses for one academic year of study and must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at MECA.
  • DOF Form (will be provided upon acceptance)
  • Verification of Finances (VOF)

All funds declared on the DOF must be substantiated by a verification of finances (VOF) from the student’s bank or sponsor’s bank.  All documents must be in English and in U.S. dollars, or the bank must supply the current exchange rate. Official and original documentation must be provided.  All supporting documentation must be dated within one year of initial enrollment at Maine College of Art.

Please note: It can take up to six weeks for an I-20 Form to be processed and delivered to most countries.  You are encouraged to submit this documentation as soon as possible, especially if mail delivery may be slow from the US to your country.