International Students

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Our international students are an important and impressive part of our community. Hailing from dozens of different nations and representing all areas of artistic study, international students are one of the reasons Interlochen Arts Academy is defined by excellence. We learn from you as much as you learn from us.

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As an international student, we encourage you to blend your unique culture into our program. Studying abroad can be challenging, but also very rewarding. It’s our goal to create a supportive environment where you can grow both as an artist and as a person.

We are international. We are Interlochen.

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The application process for international students requires additional materials, including English proficiency testing results. We have a step-by-step guide that will help you upload your information, audition/portfolio, financial aid, and any other documents you may need. Learn more at How to Apply.

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English as a Language Curriculum

Our English as a Language program is here to help you gain confidence in your English language abilities and give you the tools to excel in your coursework. All non-native English speakers will be asked to take a placement exam to determine what class best meets your needs.

I feel like Interlochen is a safe place to grow, and to take opportunities and risks as an artist. I feel like most of the risks I’ve taken have led me to learn something.

Laura Virginia Pernas '16, Arts Academy (Music) (Dominican Republic)

International Student Life

As an international student, you are a welcome part of the Interlochen community. We are committed to making you feel at home. We want this experience to be enriching and exciting.

You'll have access to student resources where you can find support. Our team of advisors, counselors, and academic support services are here to help you adjust to your new environment.

Plus, we have dozens of student-run clubs and organizations and extra support for 9th and 10th graders where you'll be able to find friends with similar interests and hobbies.

Our recreation staff also plans game tournaments, dances, holiday parties, outings and more throughout the year. You'll have plenty of chances to unwind, relax, and have fun!

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Interested in learning more about international student life and admission requirements? The Office of Admission & Financial Aid is happy to answer your questions.

You can also visit our Preparing for Academy page for more information specific to international families.

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