Visiting International Students

For non-degree seeking students wishing to study for one semester or one year at Mount Holyoke. Those interested in being full-time, degree candidates (four years) students should visit the international admission page and email with questions.

Visiting International Students (VIS) may study at Mount Holyoke College for one or two semesters, beginning in the fall. Students are eligible to be a Visiting International Student after completing their secondary school studies and may attend during a gap year or during their university studies.

Studying as a Visiting International Student often helps students decide whether they wish to pursue a degree in the United States. Many enjoy their Mount Holyoke experience so much that they submit transfers for degree status at the College. Other simply want to experience the academic and social aspects of life on a U.S. college campus. Still, others have completed a university degree in one discipline, but want to explore a different academic area or explore courses not offered at home. For most students, the liberal arts experience is the primary reason they study at Mount Holyoke.

Dates & Deadlines

  • Late March: Application for 2021 becomes available
  • May 1: Deadline to submit all application documents (see checklist below)
  • May 15: Notification of VIS admission decision
  • June 1: USD 500 non-refundable enrollment deposit due
  • Mid-June: Housing deadline*
  • July 31: Full payment of fall semester bill due**

*Students register for courses and are assigned housing during the summer.

**The housing, course registration and SEVIS account will be cancelled for any student whose bill is not paid in full on July 31.  

Visiting International Students are not eligible to receive need-based financial aid or academic scholarships and are required to live on campus during their time at Mount Holyoke

How to Apply

To begin the VIS application, visit the online application. Choose the "Create an account" link as a "First-time user." After you create your account, select the "2021 Application Cycle" and then select the "2021/FA IGS RD" application term.

To complete the VIS application, please submit the following documents through the online application by May 1, 2020:

  1. The completed online application, which includes the following:
    • An official copy of your secondary school academic record (transcript) provided by a school official.
    • An official copy of your college or university academic record (transcript) provided by a school official confirming your current enrollment, if applicable.
    • One letter of recommendation from a professor or academic advisor.  This letter should be from someone qualified to report on your proficiency in English (if English is not your first language) and your overall academic performance.
    • Two written statements, in English. One personal essay and one short answer that answers the questions asked in the online application.
    • Official English proficiency score report Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not your native language.
  2. Evidence of sufficient financial resources to support your expenses while at Mount Holyoke.
    • After you submit your VIS application, please complete the Mount Holyoke International Financial Declaration form from your application checklist.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be able to choose my own courses?

Yes! There are no set course requirements for VIS students. You may choose the courses you are interested during your time at Mount Holyoke.

Can I apply for financial aid?

No. VIS applicants are not eligible for financial aid or merit scholarships.

Will I be able to live on campus?

Yes! All VIS students live on campus.

What are the total costs of the program?

You can view the tuition, room & board (housing and food), and fees for the full academic year on the Student Financial Services site. If you are applying for fall semester only, the costs will be half. Please remember that in addition to tuition, room & board, and fees, VIS students will need to budget for visa fees, travel, health insurance, books, and personal expenses.


Email the Visiting International Students staff at