International Students

Colby has traditionally encouraged the enrollment of students from countries beyond the United States and is actively engaged in programs of international cooperation and exchange.

Applicants to Colby must be able to understand and be understood in English. Oral and writing skills are essential for successful work at Colby. Colby requires either:

  • the College Board SAT Reasoning Test, or
  • the American College Test (ACT), or
  • three SAT Subject Tests in three different subjects,
if any of these tests is offered in a student’s home country. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English and whose secondary school experience has been in a school where the medium of instruction is not English must submit the official results of the SAT Reasoning Test, or the ACT with writing component, or SAT Subject Tests in three different subjects, as well as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Additional information about these examinations may be found online at,,, and To ensure that the results are sent promptly to Colby, please use the Colby College institution code: 3280 for College Board exams or 1638 for the ACT. United States embassies and consular offices can provide pertinent information about these examinations. These offices often have booklets describing the tests and may have practice tests for applicants’ use.

Financial aid is available to a limited number of international students. Applicants for financial aid must complete the International Student Financial Aid Application, which is available online, or upon request, from the Colby Admissions Office. Documentation of parents’ incomes also is required.

An associate dean of students oversees multicultural activities for Colby students, and another associate dean of students is responsible for international activities and serves as the advisor to international students on immigration matters. An intensive English Bridge Program during the fall semester serves conditionally admitted students whose TOEFL, IELTS, or other verbal scores are below Colby’s minimum for acceptance. Individual English language tutoring is available to any international student at any time during the academic year.