International Student Information

Montessori Northwest is happy to work with international students on our Academic Year courses. For more information - see our International Students Supplemental Application

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Montessori Northwest is certified through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to offer I-20's for M-1 student visas for our Portland academic year courses. We are not certified to offer visas for international students for our summer courses or San Francisco Bay Area course.

We recommend that potential students who will require a student visa begin the application process no later than three months before their course of choice begins. It is also recommended that applicants take the time to review the website Study in the States.


A fee of $250 is required from all accepted International Students requiring a student visa. This is in addition to the standard enrollment fees. 


Proficiency in English is critical to success on Montessori Northwest courses. One of the following is required of all applicants for whom English is not a first language:

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) with minimum internet score of 80 or paper based score of 550 (school code B370)


  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5


  • Transcript from institution of higher learning wherein coursework is delivered exclusively in English, reflecting a minimum grade point average of 2.75



Applicants who hold degrees outside of the United States must have a course-by-course evaluation and/or translation of their academic records done by an approved evaluation services before they can be considered for admission. MNW recommends World Education Services, Inc. (