Application Information for International Students


St. John's seeks to enroll a diverse student body and welcomes applications from international students. Typically students from 10-15 foreign countries are enrolled at the college. International students find a welcoming atmosphere, an academic experience grounded in reading and discussion, an array of extracurricular activities, and an immersion in American social life.

In order to be considered for admission, international students must have followed a pre-university course of study and must submit the following documents:

  • A completed St. John's application and required essays.
  • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from a teacher of an academic subject.
  • An official record of secondary work, with all courses and grades, including the results of the appropriate examinations (e.g. “A” Levels, International Baccalaureate, and so on). This must be accompanied by an explanation of the grading system used and an English translation of records in other languages.
  • Test results from:
    a. The Student Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT).
    b. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if the applicant's first language is not English (the TOEFL/IELTS may be waived when the language of instruction for the student’s secondary education has been English).

These tests are offered at test centers throughout the world, and information about them can be obtained through American embassies, consulates, and educational resource centers. St. John's College's test code numbers are:

College Entrance Examination Board (SAT and TOEFL):

  • Annapolis-5598
  • Santa Fe-4737 

The American College Test (ACT):

  • Annapolis-1732
  • Santa Fe-2649

Application Deadlines

There are two Early Action deadlines: November 15 and January 15. After February 15, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for as long as space remains in the class (See details on the Admissions Deadlines page). International students are urged to apply as early as possible.

How to Apply

Once you've expressed interested in St. John's, you will be assigned an admissions counselor to work with you directly and answer questions you have about the application process and the college at large. Please contact your admissions counselor any time you have questions or need assistance. How to Apply

International Student Services

International student services are provided by the office of the Assistant Dean. The staff handles all aspects of student life and provides counseling and guidance on an individual basis. Further the Registrar advises international students on visa requirements and related matters. International students find themselves easily participating in the mainstream of campus academic and social life.

Admission and Visas

A student is admitted to St. John's by an official acceptance letter from the Director of Admissions, and secures a place in the class by submitting a $300 deposit. Once the colleges receives a deposit and signed award, we send a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Status (also known as an I-20 form). The student may then apply for a visa at a United States embassy or consulate. It is the responsibility of each international student to become familiar with and observe all applicable United States immigration rules and regulations.

For details, please visit the U.S. State Department's Education USA website at for assistance with the application process and information on how to contact an advising center in your country.

Financial Aid & Merit Scholarships for International Students

St. John’s College offers both financial aid and merit scholarships to international students. Award packages for international students may include merit scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment. For more specific application procedures, please visit the International Student Financial Aid Page.

United States citizens living abroad are eligible for all federal financial aid programs. They should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the College Scholarship Service's Financial Aid PROFILE, and the Certificate of Finances as early as possible, preferably no later than February 15. The forms for financial aid are available online or they should be available from the student's secondary school counseling office. No requests for financial assistance will be considered and no offers of financial aid will be made until after a student has been admitted to the college.

Davis United World Scholars Program:

St. John's is one of only 65 colleges and universities in the United States committed to enrolling graduates of the United World Colleges. All graduates of the United World Colleges who have been accepted receive $10,000 scholarships for each year of enrollment at St. John's, awarded in combination with grant aid offered by the college. For details contact the Office of Admissions on either campus.