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Information for International Students

At the Warner School of Education, we are dedicated to preparing educators, counselors and helping professionals who are committed to improving the human condition by becoming leaders in education and human development.

The Warner School is a well-respected professional school within a premier research university. The University of Rochester is consistently listed among the nation’s top-ranked research universities. Our professors are engaged in a wide variety of educational research, and Warner is recognized as a place where faculty members make important contributions to practice, policy, and research.

International Students Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of support is available for international students?
The Warner School recognizes that the transition to studying in the U.S. presents unique challenges for international students. During the late summer, all incoming international students are invited to participate in Warner’s international orientation. The goal of this program is to help students become familiar with the University and the Rochester community. We also offer a course for international students to help with this transition. “American Educational and Linguistic Practices” is designed to lend support to incoming students who are making the transition to studying in an American university. The course explores U.S. academic culture, language, and customs. Communication skills and practices in classroom discourse are also addressed, giving students the understanding and skills needed to interact effectively with professors and other students within a university classroom. Also discussed are university expectations for academic reading and writing, and instruction is provided on effective strategies and skills to meet those expectations.

In addition, the University of Rochester International Services Office provides support and information for students on visas and other important services for the University’s 1,200 international students, 600 international scholars, and 700 spouses and other dependents from 90 countries. Information about the ISO is available on the Web at www.iso.rochester.edu.


What entrance exams are required to apply to a Warner School program?
TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for international applicants who are non-native English speakers. The TOEFL code for the Warner School is 7614.

Note: GRE scores are not required. However, should you elect to submit scores, they will be considered by the Admissions Committee. Applicants who are interested in applying for certain University-wide scholarships at the doctoral level are encouraged to submit GRE scores. The GRE code for the University of Rochester is 2928.

Are interviews required?
Yes. The Warner School requires one interview for prospective master’s students applying to the programs listed in this publication. Interviews are by invitation only.  International students invited to interview can be interviewed by Skype, arranged by the Admissions Office.

Are scholarships available to international students?
Yes. The Warner School offers partial scholarships based on merit. In 2010-11, we offered over $2 million in scholarships and assistantships in recognition of our students’ academic excellence, professional accomplishment, and leadership in their fields, and to ensure a diverse student body.

Does the University of Rochester provide housing? 
The University has some housing available on campus for graduate students.  Please consult the Graduate Housing and Apartments Office Web site for available options: www.reslife.rochester.edu.

Additional information is available  by contacting the Admissions Office. The International Student Office (ISO) also provides a wealth of information for international students at www.iso.rochester.edu.The University of Rochester is located in western New York, approximately six hours from New York City. It is a very livable city, with a welcoming international community, affordable housing, and rich intellectual and cultural resources. The University offers academic excellence on a personal scale. The University has approximately 1,200 faculty members and 7,200 full-time students, including 825 international undergraduates and 1,200 international graduate students. The Warner School enrolls about 600 students in master’s and doctoral programs in teaching and curriculum, counseling, human development, higher education, school leadership, and educational policy.