​International students

​Babson students come from more than 80 countries around the world.

In an increasingly global business world, Babson believes it is important to have a student population that reflects international diversity. Babson values the individual cultural perspectives and experiences international students bring to the classroom and the community. With several academic concentrations and many student organizations that focus on multicultural and international perspectives, the academic and student life at Babson is one of a kind.

You also will be supported as you adjust to life in the United States. International Student & Scholar Services and the Centers for Career Development are two examples of offices that offer extensive resources and workshops for international students.

 Recent Immigration Executive Order

Read the statement from President Kerry Healey regarding the recent immigration executive order. 

Applying to Babson


Prospective international undergraduate students interested in applying to Babson go through the same application process as domestic students with the added requirement of the TOEFL or IELTS exam for applicants whose native language is not English. As an alternative to scheduling an interview through the Office of Undergraduate Admission, applicants from China also may choose to do so through InitialView.com.


Candidates for graduate admission whose native language is not English and who have not earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S., U.K., Canadian, Australian, or New Zealand institution also must submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS test scores and official English translations of all required academic documents..

The Blended Learning program is considered to be a part-time program. International applicants who are currently in nonimmigrant status (H-1B, B-1/B-2, L, TN, etc.), or who are currently outside of the U.S. seeking entry to attend the Blended Learning program are not eligible for F-1 student status. International applicants may be able to attend the Blended Learning program in another nonimmigrant status depending on the status and the situation. Blended Learning program international applicants are not required to submit these test scores. However, in specific cases submitting test scores may be recommended.


If your host institution is a partner organization of Babson’s you may be nominated to attend Babson. Exchange students are admitted as nondegree students and are eligible to take courses in all disciplines, including Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, Arts and Humanities, and Technology. Learn more about the process to attend Babson as an exchange student.

The Student Visa Process

Babson College provides student immigration documents for students who are enrolled in a full-time program.  To enter the United States for educational purposes, most full-time undergraduate and graduate international students obtain a Form I-20, receive an F-1 student entry visa, and enter the U.S. in F-1 student immigration status. Exchange students will obtain a Form DS-2019 to apply for J-1 immigration status. 

After acceptance to Babson, here is how to gain F-1 or J-1 status:

The Glavin Office will not process your request more than four months prior to the start date of your academic program and not until all conditions for admission have been met.   J-1 exchange students will request a Form DS-2019 when they apply to Babson and will receive additional guidance.  

  1. Gather the following documentation (in electronic format)

    • Passport identification and expiration page(s)
    • If applicable:
      • Current entry visa (if you are in the U.S.)
      • Previously issued Form I-20(s) and/or Form DS-2019(s)
      • Passport identification page(s) for any dependent family member(s)
  2. Obtain a Form I-20/Form DS-2019 from Babson

    • Once your request is complete, your Form I-20/Form DS-2019 will be mailed within 10 business days.  You will receive a tracking number via email.  
  3. Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee

  4. Schedule a visa interview and apply for your visa

    • Visa interview can be scheduled no earlier than 120 days before the start date on your Form I-20/Form DS-2019.
    • Canadian citizens are not required to apply for an F-1/J-1 entry visa but must still pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and request entry to the U.S. in F-1/J-1 status.
  5. Arrive at the U.S. border/Enter the U.S. in F-1/J-1 status

  6. Check-in with the Glavin Office

    • Bring your original passport, Form I-20/Form DS-2019, and entry visa.
    • Attend a required orientation session on maintaining lawful F-1/J-1 status in the U.S.
      • Orientation schedule and check-in location varies based on your program of study. 

If you are currently in the U.S. in a status other than F-1 or J-1, email isss@babson.edu for guidance on whether or not a change of immigration status is required. ​​​​​​​​