One of the keystone experiences at Walnut Hill is the opportunity for students and faculty to experience the world through personal encounters with cultures, people, and languages other than their own. Walnut Hill’s student body is 30% international, hailing from all corners of the world. These students generate tremendous cultural and social wisdom by engaging with the arts, academic, and campus life at Walnut Hill.
The application process for international applicants is very similar to the application process for domestic students. Please review all of the requirements here. Additionally, we require English proficiency testing (Duolingo, TOEFL, TOEFL Jr. or iTEP SLATE) from all nonnative English speakers. Students are expected to have a strong proficiency and foundation in English to gain acceptance to the School.
Please review the general information about applying for financial aid at Walnut Hill School for the Arts. Please note that there is limited financial aid available for students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. For these students, financial aid awards cannot exceed half the total cost of tuition.
If you do not file taxes in the United States or your main source of income is not in U.S. dollars, please click here to complete the International Student Financial Aid Application.
Walnut Hill School for the Arts is committed to providing a supportive environment for international students. We offer a variety of programs and support systems designed to promote a healthy and easy transition to life here at Walnut Hill and in the United States:
- F-1 Student Visa Support
- SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) Administration
- New International Student Orientation
- Cultural Adjustment Support
- Campus Programs and Events
The International Student Coordinator oversees the effort to provide a welcoming and supportive learning environment for international students. This person works with international and domestic students, faculty, and various departments to cultivate a school climate that promotes positive learning experiences for our international students. In collaboration with the arts and academic faculties, along with the Residential Life and Student Services resources, the coordinator organizes activities that develop skills and appreciation for building intercultural understanding and relationships.
The school buildings, including dormitories, are closed for Thanksgiving Break (one week in November), Winter Break (two weeks in December), and Spring Break (two weeks in March). During the breaks, all boarding students must return home or visit relatives and friends. For international students who need assistance in finding accommodations during the breaks, the International Student Coordinator will help arrange homestays in the local area. Additional costs may be associated with homestays.
New International Student Orientation
The New International Student Orientation is designed to ensure that students become familiar with school life before classes begin. Students learn about the school programs, policies, and practices in ways that are relevant to them as new students, as well as participate in activities that will acclimate them to the School and its surrounding areas. All new international students are required to attend Orientation.
English Language Learning (ELL) Program
For students who are learning English as a second language, the World Languages Department provides ELL courses that are taken in lieu of English courses offered by the Humanities Department. The credits earned through ELL courses will count as English credit and toward the graduation requirement. A placement test is administered during Orientation to determine the appropriate classes for international students.
For more about the ELL program, please click here.