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International Students

See all the world to offer, starting with Villa Maria College in Buffalo, New York! As an international applicant, your personal admissions counselor will help you complete the international admissions process, prepare for classes, and transition into life as a Villa Viking and in the US.

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Acceptance Requirements


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Submit the Following Required Documents to [email protected]:

  • Copy of high school diploma or graduation certificate. Applicants should possess the equivalent of 12 years of elementary and secondary school education. The official translation may be requested for non-English transcripts.
  • Complete a virtual interview with Villa.
  • Personal essay of at least 200 words.
  • One recommendation letter from an instructor.
  • Proof of financial responsibility to pay. A signed letter on bank letterhead showing at least $25,000 in US funds (or equivalent) in the name of the sponsor or student and a bank statement. Tuition and housing expenses range from $25k-$30k a year, depending on scholarship eligibility. 
  • A copy of your passport.
  • Proof of English language proficiency.
    • IELTS (minimum 5.5)
    • TOEFL (minimum 55)
    • Duolingo with a virtual interview with Villa (minimum 95)
    • Exempt countries: Australia, The Bahamas, Canada, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, or the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland).

Scholarship Information

Scholarships are available to exceptional international students. A letter of acceptance and the I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility) are forwarded to the applicant after all documents have been submitted, evaluated, and approved. Villa Maria College is authorized under Federal law to enroll non immigrant, alien students.

Join the family.

“During my first tour of the College, I fell in love with Villa Maria’s Computer Software Development program. Villa has specialized equipment for every major (in my case a lot computer labs filled with technology) and teaches practical skills, like programming, that help me develop my skills for my future career. I chose Villa because it is a small school that focuses on developing its students both academically and as human beings. Villa feels like a family. You can talk to anyone and feel sure they know who you are. You are in an environment where people care about you.”

Gianluca Ndukanma, ’23, El Palomar, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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