Your future starts here.

Prepare for a world of education at Baker.

Baker College welcomes applicants from countries other than the United States in our undergraduate and graduate programs.

We offer three different types of programs for our international students:

FAQ'S

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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International Students

International Students

Your future starts here.

Prepare for a world of education at Baker.

Baker College welcomes applicants from countries other than the United States in our undergraduate and graduate programs.

We offer three different types of programs for our international students:

Online Program

Baker College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a completely online format. All international students applying for an online degree program must:

  • Complete an application and submit the application fee.
  • Provide a transcript (your official academic record).
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the English language.

Transcript
You must submit your transcript to verify satisfactory completion of secondary school or its equivalent, as well as any post-secondary school (college/university).

If your transcript is in a language other than English, it must be accompanied by a certified, literal English translation.

  • You must use a credential evaluating service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Visit www.naces.org/members to select a service provider.
  • The approximate fee for this service is $160..
  • Ask the credential evaluating service to send your translated transcript directly to the campus you plan to attend: either Baker College Center for Graduate Studies or Baker College Online.

Language Proficiency
Before you apply to Baker, you must demonstrate that you are capable of competing with native speakers of English on equal terms.

  • To demonstrate your proficiency in English, you must meet minimum standards on the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
TOEFL Minimum Scores Paper Test Computer Test Internet Test
Undergraduate Programs 500 173 61
Graduate Programs 550 213 79
Doctorate Programs 575 235 93

To take the TOEFL test, apply directly to Educational Testing Services (not to Baker College). For information about test dates, fees, testing centers, and to obtain registration materials, contact: 

TOEFL Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Phone: (609) 771-7100 or (877) 863-3546
Fax: (610) 290-8972
toefl@ets.org
www.toefl.org

Ask TOEFL Services to send your TOEFL scores directly to the Admissions department at the campus you want to attend: either Baker College Center for Graduate Studies or Baker College Online. Baker College must receive official scores before your admission will be considered.

Resident Program

Baker College is authorized under the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service to enroll non-immigrant students who wish to pursue a full-time undergraduate or graduate degree. 

We welcome and encourage applications from international students. However, because our international student population is small, Baker College does not maintain special international student services or an international student center. 

Start the Application Process Early
Give yourself plenty of time. You should request application forms and special instructions at least one year before the quarter you want to begin.

  • Your application must be filed at least 90 days prior to the beginning of the quarter in which you expect to enroll. 
  • If your application is approved, Baker College will mail a letter of acceptance and a Form I-20 directly to you. 
  • If you are a non-immigrant student, you need to present the I-20 upon application for a student visa in your country and again upon arrival in the United States.

To help you get started, we have combined the forms and information you need in one packet. 

  • Download and print the International Student Packet PDF  (152 KB).
  • After you fill out and complete the International Student Packet, submit all the information to the Baker College campus you plan to attend. 

Campus Residence Halls
Most of the students who attend Baker College are from the Michigan area, live at home, and commute daily to campus. For students who want to live at the College, we have student residence halls on our CadillacFlintMuskegon, and Owosso campuses. These residence halls may close between terms; if so, you may need to arrange other accommodations for that time period.

Requirements for Application
As an international student, you must meet several requirements before Baker College can officially consider your application. You must have an official place of residence in your native country, to which you will return when studies are completed.

  • You may not apply for the Baker College Aviation Program.
  • You must have personal funds or a sponsor who can verify the availability of $22,200 (U.S. currency) for graduate programs and $24,120 (U.S. currency) for undergraduate programs for the first academic year (9 months) of study. This amount covers tuition for 3 quarters of study and normal living expenses.
  • You must deposit, in advance, an amount equal to at least the tuition, fees and books for the academic year. The deposit must be renewed prior to registering for the fall quarter of each succeeding year. Any unused amounts will be refunded to the original depositor. 
  • If you have a sponsor living in the United States, you must provide a completed Sponsor Financial Support Form.
  • If you are a visa candidate, you should be aware that no financial aid of any kind (scholarships, grants, loans, or employment) is available for international students. 
  • If you are immigrating to the United States, and have an Alien Registration Number (green card), you may be eligible for financial aid.
  • You must provide a transcript (an official academic record) showing satisfactory completion of secondary school or its equivalent, as well as any post-secondary school (college/university).
    • A transcript in any language other than English must be accompanied by a certified, literal English translation. 
    • You must utilize an evaluating service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Visit www.naces.org/members to select a service provider. 
    • The approximate fee for this service is $160. 
    • Ask them to send the translated transcript directly to the Baker College campus you plan to attend.  
  • You must satisfy Baker College requirements by demonstrating that you are capable of competing with native speakers of English on equal terms.
  • You must be proficient in the English language before applying, and be able to demonstrate your proficiency by meeting minimum standards on the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
TOEFL Minimum Scores Paper Test Computer Test Internet Test
Undergraduate Programs 500 173 61
Graduate Programs 550 213 79
Doctorate Programs 550 213 79

To take the TOEFL test, apply directly to Educational Testing Services (not to Baker College). For information about test dates, fees, testing centers, and to obtain registration materials, contact: 

TOEFL Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Phone: (609) 771-7100 or (877) 863-3546
Fax: (610) 290-8972
toefl@ets.org
www.toefl.org

Ask TOEFL Services to send your TOEFL scores directly to the Baker College campus of your choice. Baker College must receive official scores before admission will be considered.

Health and accident insurance
The United States does not have free medical facilities, so we encourage you to obtain health and accident insurance as a necessary precaution during your studies at Baker College. This type of insurance is often available though your own country at affordable rates. If you do not have health and accident insurance coverage upon arrival, you should obtain insurance in the United States prior to enrolling at Baker College.

Global Bridge Program

Baker College is happy to be a part of the Global Bridge Program—a collaboration between Baker College and Bond Education Group—for students from Bond Education Group. 

The Baker College Global Bridge program gives qualified international students the chance to begin their collegiate coursework in the United States. Baker College offers these students: 

  • Full admission
  • Room and board at a residence hall on campus
  • Three to nine hours of ESL classroom time a week
  • Cultural immersion trips and programs every weekend

Bridge Program coursework
Students with a TOEFL (or equivalent) score of 500 or above qualify for:

  • Three hours of ESL per week
  • Four regular courses for the first term

Students with a TOEFL (or equivalent) score of 450 - 499 are offered conditional admission. They qualify for:

  • Nine hours of ESL per week.
  • Two regular courses for the first term.

Application Process
If you are a Bond Education Group student who is interested in the Baker College program, your first step is to speak with a representative from Bond.

  • Bond Education Group and Global Bridge will arrange informational sessions for you to learn more about Baker College and academic life in America.
  • Bond will recommend you to Global Bridge.
  • Bond will assist you in preparing for the English proficiency exams (such as TOEFL).
  • Bond and Global Bridge will assist you in preparing and submitting the required application materials to the Baker College Office of Admissions. These include:
    • Baker College Application for Admission
    • Official secondary school transcript
    • Official English proficiency testing information
    • Financial declaration
  • Bond and Global Bridge arrange interviews, and prepare you for them.
  • Representatives from the Baker College Undergraduate Admission Team, Global Bridge, and Bond Education Group officially interview you.
  • Baker College reviews the applications and makes their decisions within one business week.

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FAQ's

  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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