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Welcome International Students!

International students are welcome at Swedish Institute. The college is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. The Swedish Institute will issue an I-20 to allow the student to apply for an F-1 visa from his/her country of origin. I-20s are issued after an applicant has been granted admission and has enrolled/registered and has paid a non-refundable deposit of $1,500 towards tuition for the first semester or quarter.

International applicants must submit up-to-date documentation confirming the availability of sufficient funds for tuition, related school costs, and living expenses while attending Swedish Institute.

All applicants who have been educated outside of the United States must submit official high school or college transcripts with a translation (if applicable) and an evaluation from a recognized credentialing organization to show equivalency to United States educational standards. There is a fee for this evaluation, payable directly to the agency.

Applicants whose first language is not English may be asked to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if there is a possibility that their language skills might be a barrier to success in the classroom. Applicants must score at least 72 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with the following minimums in each subject area: 16 in Listening, 14 in Writing, 19 in Reading, and 19 in Speaking.

A list of test centers may be obtained from or through the Educational
Testing Service office:

ETS Corporate Headquarters
Rosedale Road
Princeton, NJ 08451
Phone: 1-609-921-9000

It is important to note that while foreign students may take the New York State licensure exam to receive a license to practice massage therapy one must be either a United States citizen or an eligible non-citizen.

For more information about foreign student applications, contact the Admissions Department.

Enrollment Requirements

If you live outside the United States:

Note: All documents need to be translated into English by an official translation agency.

  • $1,500.00 Deposit
  • Copy of Passport Name Page (passport must be valid for six months after your proposed entry date into the US.)
  • High School Diploma or Post-Secondary School Transcripts* (ask your Admissions Representative for submission requirements)
  • Official Transcript of the Highest Degree with Foreign Credentials Evaluation Letter*
  • College Application Form
  • I-20 Application Form
  • Affidavit of Support (if another individual is sponsoring you)
  • Financial Documents (dated no earlier than 3 months prior to applying for admission)
  • Minimum Amount on Financial Documents for One Year of Study (required amounts vary from program to program; ask for details)
  • TOEFL Score on Internet-Based (TOEFL iBT): 72 or higher**

*An official translation agency must translate all documents into English.

**TOEFL score may be waived if proof of satisfactory completion of appropriate English class is submitted from a partner ESL school.

Swedish Institute Mission Statement

Swedish Institute educates students to become skilled, ethical, culturally competent and compassionate massage therapists, nurses, personal trainers, and allied health professionals serving the diverse communities of the Greater New York Metropolitan Area.

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