Welcome International Students!

At PNCA, we believe the world needs bold and creative makers who can think within and beyond boundaries, who test our assumptions about how and why the world works, and who know that the most successful solutions come from collaborations between diverse peoples, fields, methodologies, and ideologies. We welcome you to join our school and be part of the makers and thinkers solving some of the most challenging problems facing our world.

International Applicants

How to Apply

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    Step 1: Begin the undergraduate, graduate, or post-baccalaureate application.

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    Step 2: Upload your high school and/or university transcripts or final examination results.

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    Step 3: Indicate how you meet PNCA’s English language proficiency requirements.

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    Step 4: Upload other supporting documents: color scans of your passport and U.S. visa, if you are currently studying in the U.S.

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    Step 5: Submit your application

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    Step 6: If you are accepted and you decide to enroll, order a transcript evaluation.

    Need help determining which program is best for you? Not sure what transcripts or exam results you need to upload? Need more information about transcript evaluations? Email oieadvising@willamette.edu.



PNCA will accept students until August 1st or until a program is full. However, if you are outside of the United States and need a visa to arrive, you must apply before the deadlines below:

  • Fall - June 15th
  • Summer - Low-Residency MFA programs: May 1st
  • Spring - November 15th
  • Winter - Low-Residency Creative Writing: November 1st

Additional Requirements

Supplemental Materials

In addition to completing the general undergraduate or graduate application requirements, international students must also provide the following supplemental items.

Any student who graduates from or who wishes to transfer credits from an institution outside of the U.S. must submit a transcript evaluation before the Form I-20 will be created and/or before an official transfer audit will be completed. Transcript evaluations can be ordered from WES, ECE or any other NACES members.

  • A course-by-course evaluation is required if you intend to transfer credit from an institution outside of the U.S. to PNCA, otherwise a general evaluation with GPA is sufficient.
  • If your transcript is from a U.S. high school or institution, an official transcript is sufficient and a transcript evaluation is not needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Chris Andresen, oieadvising@willamette.edu

English language test scores not needed for:

  • Native English speakers
  • Students educated at schools where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Students who studied (without ESOL courses) at a U.S. high school for at least two years or at a U.S. college/university for at least one year.
  • Students who complete all Level 5 courses of Pacific International Academy’s Intensive English program, Level 112 at the ELS Center, or Level 9 at The Language Company.

All other international students must provide official test scores showing proficiency in English.

IELTS: 6.5
iTEP: 3.9
Duolingo: 100
PTE Academic: 58
English3: 68
GTEC: 1200
SAT Critical Reading and Writing: 490
ACT English and Reading: 20
IB English: 4
AP English Language: 3



If you are a high school graduate who wants to pursue a 4-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, please apply as an undergraduate student. We accept applications for Fall and Spring admissions.

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If you are a university graduate who wants to pursue a Master of Fine Arts or Master of Arts, please apply as a graduate student. You must apply for one specific program or the dual program.

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If you have a Bachelor’s degree but need more arts-based education, apply to the Post-Baccalaureate program to bridge the education from a bachelor’s degree to a master’s degree.

Photo by Adam Simmons, PNCA Class of 2017

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Scholarships and Cost of Attendance

PNCA offers a variety of scholarships for domestic and international students alike. Scholarships range from $10,000-$20,000 depending on quality of portfolio, GPA, and essay. There is no additional application to be considered for these scholarships. The scholarships are renewable for up to five years and require that students maintain a 2.0 GPA.

#youarewelcomehere scholarship

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

As part of the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign, PNCA will offer two annual, renewable scholarships that cover 50% of tuition. We support #YouAreWelcomeHere's goals of providing increased access to higher education in the U.S. for international students who will advance intercultural understanding.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a first-year international applicant.
  • Demonstrate interest and initiative in leadership and intercultural learning.
  • Apply to PNCA’s Fall 2022 Undergraduate program.
  • Complete a #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship application and a 500-1000-word essay or a two-to-five-minute video answering the following prompt: “Tell us about your leadership skills in your school or community, and how you plan to continue applying your leadership skills at PNCA?"
  • #YAWH application

Applications are due January 31st, 2022. In addition to completing the #YAWH Scholarship application, you must apply to PNCA to be considered for the scholarship. The #YAWH scholarship cannot be combined with PNCA Admissions Scholarships.

Email completed applications and questions to Chris Andresen at oieadvising@willamette.edu.

Contact Us

Contact us

We are here to help with the application process, every step of the way:

Chris Andresen
PNCA SEVIS Coordinator
Associate Director, Office of International Education (OIE)
Direct: 503-375-5404
Office: 503-375-5493