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.

Scholarships and Cost of Attendance

PNCA offers a variety of scholarships for domestic and international students alike, and are renewable annually. Scholarship awards are based on quality of portfolio, GPA, essay, and financial need. There is no additional application to be considered for these scholarships. International undergraduate students also receive an additional $1000 renewable International Student Scholarship. The scholarships require that students maintain a 2.0 GPA. PNCA does not currently offer any scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance.

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?

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? Feel free to email us (please include your name and "international admissions" in your subject line):

Undergraduate admissions: pncaadmissions@willamette.edu

Graduate admissions:

International Education (visa/immigration questions): 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 - PNCA undergraduate application due February 1, all supporting materials are due by February 8, Admission Decision will be sent out by March 1, PNCA Tuition Deposit due by May 1.
  • Summer - Low-Residency MFA programs: May 1st
  • Spring - PNCA undergraduate application due November 1 along with all supporting materials, Admission Decision will be sent out by November 15, PNCA Tuition Deposit due by December 10.
  • Winter - Low-Residency Creative Writing: November 1st

We are unable to accept applications from international students after the deadlines above. Please contact the PNCA Office of Admissions to discuss your interest in PNCA and opportunities to apply for a future entry term.

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.

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