International Students Information

We welcome our international students (any student requiring a visa to attend) to SIG and value the richness of diversity in culture and orientation they bring to our programs. Here are some guidelines to assist you in the application process.

Enrollment Process

  • For international students, the eligibility processes for U.S. students apply. Scores derived from ability and achievement tests administered in each student’s country of origin will qualify as well, as long as the scores are within the top 5% of national norms for their country (i.e. SCAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT).
  • A high level of English language proficiency in speaking and writing is necessary for students to integrate successfully into the SIG academic program. International students are required to provide evidence of their English proficiency through the submission of standardized English language test scores (i.e. - TOEFL™, TOEFL Junior™, ELTIS) or a school transcript indicating a proficient ( A or B or the equivalent) grade in English courses. A Skype interview may be required.
  • All international applications must be received by May 1, as there is limited enrollment accepted per country per campus. Applications received after May 1 will be accepted as space allows. Please note: we strongly recommend that international students apply by April 15th to ensure adequate time for visa processing.
  • We recommend that students check with their embassy regarding local visa requirements. We also recommend starting the visa process months in advance of need. Students generally do not have visa issues when attending a 3-week program similar to SIG.
  • All payments are due in U.S. dollars and must be received 45 days prior to the start of the program.
    Please note: For residential programs, there is an additional $250 international student fee. This fee is only required for international students requiring a visa to attend the SIG program. This fee includes bedding and the additional international student insurance, which is required.

Campus Related

  • At the beginning of the program, the Residential Dean will ensure that the students’ passports and valuables are collected during registration, safely stored, and returned at the end of the session.
  • Students attending SIG at UC Berkeley (Session II) or Yale University (Session II) may enroll in an English Language Learners (ELL) Lab during one period of the academic day. Some students may be required to enroll in the ELL Lab following an on-campus language fluency assessment.

Program Related

  • International students must be fluent in English to engage in a successful and productive experience at a SIG program.

Travel Arrangements

  • SIG will assist with travel arrangements from airports to campuses only if requests and flight details are communicated at least one month in advance. See Campus Transportation and Greeter Services for more information.
  • SIG does not make air travel arrangements for international students, but highly recommends that flight arrangements be made two months in advance.

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