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Application Process: International Students

​​​​​​​Fall 2021 Applicants:​​ 

​​Auditions will not be held in person this year and will instead be replaced by recorded video submissions to your application portal

  • ​Classical vocalists and violinists will be required to submit a pre-screen by December 1 and will then submit the audition video only if invited to do so. 

  • For all other instruments: video submissions must be uploaded by February 1. 


As a prospective student from outside the United States, you must complete the following steps to apply to the DePaul School of Music.

Apply to DePaul by December 1

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A complete international student application to DePaul School of Music includes the individual components required of your academic level and intended degree (first-year, transfer, teacher certification, master's, or post-master's certificate), a third-party evaluation of your educational credentials, and proof of English language competency, as described below. Your online application is due by December 1

Educational Credentials

In addition to your application, DePaul University requires you to submit your official educational credentials (transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates) and evaluation fee directly to one of three evaluation companies. These evaluators will then provide DePaul with a general evaluation of your studies and certified copies of your international educational credentials which will be used during admission review. (It doesn't matter which company you choose. Only choose one.)

One Earth International Credential Evaluation
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Educational Perspectives

DePaul will not accept evaluations from any other evaluation companies and will not accept any educational credentials without an evaluation from One Earth, ECE or EP.

To determine what credentials you need to submit for evaluation, please refer to the website of your chosen evaluation company.

Proof of English Language Competency

All international students must submit proof of English proficiency. You can prove your English proficiency by submitting any of the following test results:
  1. A minimum TOEFL score of 80, no section lower than 17 (internet based TOEFL), 213 (computer based TOEFL), or 550 (paper based TOEFL). DePaul University's institutional code is 1165. You can access information about the TOEFL test and register at www.toefl.org.
  2. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5. To learn about the IELTS test and register to take the test, please visit www.ielts.org.
  3. A minimum of ​110 on the Duolingo English Test​.
  4. The equivalent of DePaul's courses WRD 103 and WRD 104 with grades of C or better at an accredited US educational institution.
  5. A minimum Pearson Test of English Academic score of 53. To learn more about the Pearson Test of English please visit www.pearsonpte.com
  6. If you have completed a bachelor's degree in the US, the English proficiency requirement may be waived.

Next Steps

Please visit the Application Process page​ for the major and instrument specific next steps. ​​​​​​​