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Information for International Students

Test Scores

For students applying with an admission portfolio, TOEFL (or TOEFL Jr. for grades 4–8) or IELTS scores are required of students for whom English is not their first language in order to assess proficiency and assist in course placement. For students too young to take TOEFL Jr., an English proficiency interview may be requested.


CTD strongly recommends international students who require visa sponsorship apply before April 15 as it may take 8 to 10 weeks to secure a student visa. CTD is not responsible for an accepted student's inability to secure a student visa.

The CTD Summer Program has been identified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and Northwestern University as an academic program that requires a student visa for any non-U.S. citizen/permanent resident. Any admitted student who is not a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or in another visa category that allows for study, requires sponsorship for a student visa. Failure to comply may negatively impact a student's ability to secure another non-immigrant visa in the future.

Students Admitted to the Summer Program

The I-20 Request Form and instructions for submission will be available on your Enrolled Student Page. Please direct any questions about the I-20 process to the International Office. Contact information is available on the Enrolled Student Page.

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