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FAQs for International Students

  1. When should I apply for admission?
  2. How do I apply for admission?
  3. What exams do I need to take?
  4. How can I qualify for scholarships for financial assistance?
  5. What do I need to do to receive an I-20 to apply for a student visa?
  6. What do I need to do to receive an I-20 to apply for a student visa?
  7. How do I request financial help from my country?

1. When should I apply for admission?

International applications are considered on a rolling basis. However, it is best to apply well in advance of the semester you are interested in beginning your studies. It is recommended you apply:

  • by February 1 for fall semester (begins late August)
  • by November 1 for spring semester (begins late January)
  • by January 15 for summer term (begins early June)

2. How do I apply for admission?

The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) is one of the nine colleges at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). RIT offers associate degrees, associate + bachelor’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and graduate-level degrees.

You may send in application materials on an intermittent basis as you complete each part or send application materials all at once. We recommend that you send your Declaration of Financial Support Form last because we need your most current financial-related records. All application materials must be in English.

Paper application materials should be sent via postal mail to:
NTID Office of Admissions
52 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York USA 14623

When all documents are received, we will begin the review of your application, and if you are accepted, we will start working with you on gaining your student visa to study here in the United States. The amount of scholarship support won’t be known until we receive your full application materials.

The admission requirements are as follows:

  • Complete an RIT application. An application form may be printed from this website, but we prefer that you complete an online application. First, create your myRIT Portal account and wait for your assigned RIT Username and Password to be sent to your e-mail account. Next, login to begin completing your application form online. Last, submit your form online when you complete your application.

  • Submit an application fee of $USD 65. Contact Alisha.Joslyn-Swob@rit.edu with any payment issues.
  • Submit an essay. This personal essay helps us to become acquainted with you as a person and student, apart from courses, grades, test scores and other objective data. An essay is usually one page in length and should be written without assistance from others, so we can see your true English language skills. Your essay topic should answer one of the following questions:
    • State your reasons for aspiring to a career in your chosen area of academic interest.
    • State your reason for applying to RIT.
    • Describe a significant experience or achievement that has special meaning to you.
  • Send in your official high school or college transcripts. All applicants with less than 30 college credit hours must submit a final high school transcript. We need a transcript from ALL high schools and colleges attended, if you are a transfer student, regardless of where you completed your studies.
  • Have official examination results such as the SAT, ACT, TOEFL or IELTS sent by the testing center(s).
  • Submit one letter of recommendation. The individual writing the letter may submit the recommendation by email to Alisha.Joslyn-Swob@rit.edu. The recommendation letter must be sent to us directly by the person writing the letter, not the applicant. Most recommendation letters are written by teachers, school counselors or an individual who knows the applicant’s academic background well. No family members may write the letter of recommendation
  • Submit an Audiological Record. We require proof of hearing loss. You may obtain an audiogram from your audiologist or have your audiologist complete the audiological record form. The audiogram must show hearing loss in both ears and be "unaided."
  • Send a Declaration of Financial Support Form indicating the actual amount available for your support in US dollars (or equivalent) per year AND an original bank document showing exact dollar amounts available for your first year of study. The total cost for study at RIT/NTID for 2017-2018 academic year is approximately $USD 44,000 and is adjusted on an annual basis. Please refer to cost of attendance for RIT/NTID undergraduate students.

    RIT/NTID will issue the I-20 or DS-2019 forms necessary to apply for a student VISA when the accepted student applicant demonstrate sufficient funds to cover costs of attendance, which may or may not include scholarships offered by RIT/NTID. There also are additional costs, beyond what is charged by RIT, such as transportation, housing for family members and the SEVIS fee. This will be discussed between you and your admissions counselor.

    Please complete all sections on the Declaration of Financial Support form and provide supporting documents to report available funds, regardless of amount, and mail original copies to RIT/NTID. Tell us "zero" if you do not have any money (cash or savings) instead of leaving any box on the form blank.

  • Applicants to programs in the School of Art, Design or American Crafts must submit a portfolio. Transfer applicants to the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences who have taken photography courses must also submit examples of their work through a portfolio. Learn more about Portfolio guidelines.

3. What exams do I need to take?

All applicants must take the ACT or SAT and submit the official scores to us. Official means that the scores must be sent to us directly from the ACT or College Board (SAT) or the applicant’s high school guidance office. While we prefer the ACT or SAT, some international regions do not offer the ACT or SAT. In this case, we will accept either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Official scores must also be sent directly to us by the TOEFL or IELTS if either of these exams is taken.

There is no need to take the listening and speaking sections for the TOEFL and IELTS.

The RIT/NTID code for sending the official scores from the ACT is 2870. The RIT/NTID code for sending the official scores from the SAT is 2760. For the TOEFL and IELTS, you will have to contact them directly to order a score report to be sent to us.

The applicant is responsible for all costs associated with taking the test(s).


Bachelor-level degree test score requirements

Test Type Minimum Score Requirement
Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) Combined Reading and Writing score of 40 with neither subscore below 16 For deaf and hard-of-hearing students, the listening section is not included in your total score.
Paper Based TOEFL 550 Total Score For deaf and hard-of-hearing students, the listening section is not included in your total score. Instead an average of your reading and writing scores are substituted for the listening portion. Reading, writing and the substituted listening score sum is your total.
Computer Based TOEFL 213 Total Score For deaf and hard-of-hearing students, the listening section is not included in your total score. Instead an average of your reading and writing scores are substituted for the listening portion. Reading, writing and the substituted listening score sum is your total.


Associate-level degree test score requirements

Test Type Minimum Score Requirement
Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) Combined Reading and Writing score of 32 For deaf and hard-of-hearing students, the listening section is not included in your total score.
Paper Based TOEFL 493 Total Score For deaf and hard-of-hearing students, the listening section is not included in your total score. Instead an average of your reading and writing scores are substituted for the listening portion. Reading, writing and the substituted listening score sum is your total.
Computer Based TOEFL 167 Total Score For deaf and hard-of-hearing students, the listening section is not included in your total score. Instead an average of your reading and writing scores are substituted for the listening portion. Reading, writing and the substituted listening score sum is your total.

Contact the TOEFL test center:

If you are an international student currently enrolled in a U.S. school, you can demonstrate your English proficiency by taking the ACT.

Contact ACT at:

The ACT code for RIT/NTID is 2870.

Contact SAT at:

The SAT code for RIT/NTID is 2760.

4. How can I qualify for scholarships for financial assistance?

Applicants are considered for tuition-reduction scholarships based on financial need.  There also are a limited number of full scholarships for applicants from developing countries (i.e., Sasakawa-DeCaro Endowed Scholarship Fund, Desai India Scholarship). NTID Admissions will share with you eligibility requirements and application requirements for the scholarships.

5. What do I need to do to receive an I-20 to apply for a student visa?

If you have completed your most recent studies outside of the United States and have demonstrated adequate resources to cover the entire cost of attending RIT for one year, an I-20 will be sent with your acceptance packet.

6. What resources are available for international students?

7. How do I request financial help from my country?

Financial support for your education can be requested from organizations in your country such as the Ministry of Education, scholarship foundations, corporate sponsors or your Embassy. Please use this sample letter to request financial help from within your country. You must send the NTID Admissions Office copies of any letters you send, and any responses you receive, in order to be considered for reduced tuition rates to RIT/NTID.

Contact Us

If you have specific questions regarding your application, please contact Alisha.Joslyn-Swob@rit.edu.