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Welcome! We’re glad you’re considering Compass College from your corner of the world.

As an international student applying to Compass, there are a few things you need to know about the admissions process. Use this page as a reference, and if you have questions, please contact your recruiting advisor.

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Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Completed and signed application including autobiographical questions.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation: one from a coach, mentor, pastor, or employer that attests to the student’s creative ability and character, and one from a teacher or academic advisor that attests to the student’s academic ability.
  • Official transcript from high school(s) attended and the results of any test required in the applicant’s country. Applicant must be a high school graduate.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended.
  • Test scores from the TOEFL (Compass code 5357), or IELTS, or proof of ELS Program. Please see test guidelines below.
  • Completed Declaration of Finances Form and supporting documents.
  • A portfolio of the student’s creative work related to film (videos, scripts, storyboards, music, acting, etc.) and non-film work (photography, painting, poetry, story narratives, creative writing, sculpture, etc.).
  • Two essays (250+ words each).
  • All applicants are required to interview in person or via phone with a Compass College representative.
  • Copy of passport or national identification card.

Compass College requires the ACT or SAT for international applicants who are in any of the following situations:

  • Applicants who will have graduated from a high school in the United States.
  • Applicants who will have graduated from an international school that follows a U.S. high school curriculum.
  • Applicants who will have graduated from an international school where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Applicants who will be transferring from another U.S. college or university where they have earned less than one year of credit (30 credits).
  • Applicants who are Canadian citizens with cumulative marks of less than 75 percent.

International applicants who do not meet one of the criteria listed above must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or other documentation of English language proficiency. For more information on the TOEFL or IELTS, please see www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org. Minimum scores required for regular admission are:

Paper-based TOEFL = 550, Internet-based TOEFL = 79, IELTS results = 6.

In addition to the testing standards listed above, the College may also judge an applicant’s proficiency in English on the basis of the amount of formal classroom instruction in English, grades in English coursework, experience in the use of English as a medium of instruction in secondary education, quality of the written essays on the application, and other relevant factors.

International students are required to have a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) to apply for their student visa and attend college in the United States. Canadian students do not need to apply for a visa, but must have a signed I-20 to be admitted to the U.S. An application for the I-20 will be sent to international and Canadian students following their admission and payment of their enrollment deposit. Completed I-20 applications are due to Compass by July 1. Upon receipt of the completed I-20 application, official documents will be processed.

When admission requirements have been satisfied, an admissions team reviews applications, and the applicant is notified of his or her acceptance status within four weeks. CCCA reserves the right to change the application minimums and requirements at any time.

Application deadline

Due to the lengthy international application process, only applications completed and received by May 1 will be considered for the upcoming fall start date.

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Financial considerations

The United States government requires that all international students provide proof of sufficient funds for their first year of study before being granted a student visa. Compass College of Cinematic Arts also must have the documents proving that you, and any sponsors, have sufficient funds. You can show proof by sending a sponsor’s letter of support and bank statements, scholarship award letters, approved loan documents and your own bank account statements.

Download the required Declaration of Finances form here.
Download the required Affidavit of Support form here.

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