International applicants are required to follow the same application process and have the same pre-requisites fulfilled before applying to the GW Art Therapy Program. Please refer to Application Process and Admission Requirements for specific details.
Students for whom English is a foreign language may find it to their advantage to begin the application process earlier, thus allowing for English courses and prerequisites to be taken during the spring semester and art therapy courses in the following fall.
English Language Test Scores Required
In addition, to be considered for admission, students must submit scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Scores may not be more than two years old from the time you apply. The minimum scores for admission consideration are:
- TOEFL: 550 on paper-based; or 80 on Internet-based
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 6.0 with no individual score below 5.0
Exceptions may be made for applicants who hold a degree from a university located in a country where English is the official language and also the language of instruction at the university.
Required EAP Courses
In their first semester at GW, international students are required to register for an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course.
- The EAP course that is required will be indicated in the student's letter of admission.
- In the first EAP class meeting, students will be given the EAP Diagnostic Test in order to confirm their correct EAP placement.
- Students assigned EAP courses should anticipate additional tuition expenses for those courses.
- EAP credits earned will not count toward an Art Therapy degree.
Students are exempt from taking EAP courses if they have attained the following scores:
- TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based
- Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0
For questions or more information about EAP courses, please see the EAP program website.
Art Therapy in India
Art therapy students have traveled to India as part of a three-week summer course called International Social and Cultural Art Therapy. A series of short internships with local organizations immersed students in the Indian culture so they could experience what it was like to be a minority. Students visited schools, a women’s shelter, a rehabilitation center and helped residents with disabilities, working on art projects at each site. The students received valuable training and needy populations in India were introduced to art therapy.
Contact us for more information on details, schedule, and costs of this summer program.