International Students (BFA) - Maine College of Art

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

Early Action deadline: December 1, 2018
Full-Tuition Scholarship application deadline: February 1, 2019
Priority application deadline: March 1, 2019

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:

☐ Completed Application Form

We accept applications online through Common App or through MECA’s institutional application. Please complete one or the other.

Common Application
+ MECA on Common App

MECA’s Institutional Application
+ Start a new application
+ Log in to complete an application

☐ Application Fee: $60 application fee

Application fees are payable by credit card on the application or by mailing in a check. Please do not send cash. They are are non-refundable and must be submitted in US currency.

If you are mailing a check, please make it out to Maine College of Art. Be sure to clearly write your name, the program, year and semester you are applying for (i.e. BFA Fall 2019) in the memo line, and send to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: International Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
USA

☐ Personal Statement

The ability to write effectively and communicate clearly is essential to success in college. Please write 500 words answering the questions Why art, why MECA? or follow the essay prompts on the Common App. Your essay should be typed and can be uploaded directly to the Common App or to MECA’s institutional application.

☐ Portfolio of 15–20 Works

What we are looking for:
Your portfolio should consist of 15–20 pieces of recent artwork in any medium, created within the last 18 months. Three of these pieces should be observational — that is, drawn or created from direct observation, not from photographs or your imagination.

The work in your portfolio can be done in or outside the classroom, and you can use your portfolio to either show us a range of mediums or to focus on a particular subject or medium.

At least three (3) of these pieces need to represent your skills drawing from direct observation, like self-portraits, landscapes or cityscapes, still lives, or portraits of friends, family members, or pets. These drawings can be in charcoal, graphite, conté, colored pencil, digital paintings — the sky’s the limit! We’re looking to find out how you translate three-dimensional objects onto a two-dimensional plane. You can find out more about our portfolio requirements by downloading our portfolio brochure.

How to submit your portfolio:
+ In person with a review of your artwork during campus visits, Open Houses, portfolio days, and high school visits. You can schedule an on-campus review here or you can check out when we’ll be visiting your area.

+ Digitally via SlideRoom, your own website, a slide presentation (like Google Slides or PowerPoint), or on a thumbdrive. Please note that we can no longer accept CDs or disks. If you submit your work digitally, we highly recommend including the following information for each piece: date, dimensions, medium(s), description of concept or inspiration, and, for drawings (physical or digital), the time spent on each drawing — it’s helpful to know if a drawing is a quick two-minute sketch or done over several three-hour sessions.

If you are mailing in a thumbdrive, please clearly write your name, the program, year and semester you are applying for (i.e. BFA Fall 2019), and send to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: International Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
USA

☐ Official High School Transcripts or equivalent

Applicants can request transcripts to be sent to the Admissions Office through their guidance counselors or other offical representative. Transcripts will be considered official if they arrive to MECA in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. If originals are not available, certified copies must be presented. Photocopies are not accepted.

Applicants may also opt to send an official scored report of the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET).

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). Please note: if transfer credit is being sought, applicants must request a “course by course” credential evaluation report through World Education Services.

All documents must be in English, therefore official translations are required.

Official transcripts and/or equivalent documentation can be mailed to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: International Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
USA

We will also accept official transcripts sent by the issuing institution through the Common App, Parchment, or the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Service.

☐ Official College Transcripts (transfer students only)

Transcripts will be considered official if they arrive to MECA in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by the issuing institution. The applicant can deliver transcripts in an unopened envelope stamped and sealed by the issuing institution.

We require transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, even if credit was not earned.

Official transcripts can be mailed to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: International Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
USA

We will also accept official transcripts sent by the issuing institution through the Common App, Parchment, or the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Service.

Please note that if you have earned 60 credits or fewer, we will require an official copy of your high school transcripts in addition to any and all college transcripts.

☐ Two Letters of Recommendation

Our preference is to receive these letters from two of the following: art teacher, guidance counselor, current academic teacher, and/or employer. Letters from family members are not accepted. Recommendations will be considered official when they arrive in an unopened envelope directly from the recommender or uploaded directly by the recommender to the application.

If recommenders are mailing their letters, they can be sent to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: International Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
USA

We will also accept official recommendations through the Common App, MECA’s institutional application, or Parchment.

☐ SAT/ACT scores (optional)

Test scores are optional. You can have scores sent directly to MECA on the SAT and ACT websites.

☐ 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, minimum score of 6.5.
  • Graduation from a US 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 US college while carrying a full-time course load and not in conjunction with ESL. A minimum grade of B is required in each semester.
  • Completion of the equivalent of 2 years at an English speaking higher education institution and a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Documentation can be sent to:
Maine College of Art
Attn: International Undergraduate Admissions
522 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
USA

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.

 

Have questions?

Contact the International Student Counselor:
Jon Rudnicki
Phone: 1.207.669.5021
Cell+Text: 1.207.420.1665
jrudnicki@meca.edu