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 admissionspnca-grad-admissions-info@willamette.edu

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

Graduate International Student FAQs

We will need you to submit an unofficial copy of your transcript for the equivalent of an undergraduate education in the U.S. We will require you to submit test scores demonstrating English proficiency. You will need to submit your language exam results with your application in addition to your unofficial transcripts.

Minimum language proficiency test scores*:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • 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

*Applicants may receive a waiver of the language-proficiency test if all of the requirements for the bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree were completed in a country where the primary and dominant language is English and English was the language of instruction of the school. Please contact our admissions team (pnca-grad-admissions-info@willamette.edu) for further information.

Please note: once you have been admitted to PNCA, you will need to provide an official copy of your transcripts to complete the enrollment process. Send transcripts to the Graduate Admissions Office at 511 NW Broadway, Portland OR, 97209.

If your transcripts are not in English, or are otherwise complex, we will send them to World Education Services to have them verified. There will be a small fee for the external verification process. (Otherwise there is no fee for submitting your application.)

We’ve made it so you don’t need to take any extra steps to apply for a Merit Scholarship. When you submit your application to PNCA, you will automatically be considered for our merit-based scholarship funding. Merit scholarships decrease the cost of your annual tuition by 20% or more depending on the strength of your application.

You will have one more chance to optimize your scholarship by meeting the Priority Deadline on January 15th, 2024. You will have priority in the scholarship awarding process if you meet the Priority Deadline. Apply today!

External scholarships may be available to you. You are encouraged to apply for funding to support your graduate education beyond what we can provide.


Here are some resources to find more external scholarships:

International students are eligible to apply for Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships which pay $16/hour 7 hours per week for 16 weeks.

There are other on campus employment opportunities listed on Handshake.

In the past our international students have worked on campus jobs in the PNCA Library, or as Resident Advisors in ArtHouse.

You can also connect with our Office of Career Design for more information.

Lynn Brown Director of the Office of Career Design 503.821.8937 labrown@willamette.edu

Rosa Wang Career Advisor, Art, Media and Communication rwang2@willamette.edu

Our graduate students primarily live in off campus housing. Our downtown Portland campus is easily accessible by public transportation called Trimet. Many students find rental apartments by searching on Zillow or Craigslist.

The Office of International Education issues I-20 documents for international students and oversees the visa process.

Office of International Education (OIE) oieadvising@willamette.edu Office: 503-821-8888

The Graduate School can answer any other questions about graduate programs, opportunities for graduate students at PNCA, and our graduate application process.

Get in contact with:

Julie Noyes

Assistant Director of Recruitment
Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies



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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Long view of the gilded ceiling and globe lights of the Historic Hallway of Pacific Northwest College of Art's (PNCA) downtown Portland,Oregon main campus building 511 NW Broadway


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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