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Frequently Asked Questions … and the Answers

What kind of support is available for international students as they join Warner?
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 required 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. EDU 414: 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 (ISO) 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

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?
No, although we do interview many of the students that seek admission to the Warner School. Interviews are by invitation only. International students invited to interview can be interviewed by Zoom, arranged by the Admissions Office.

Are scholarships available to international students?
Yes. The Warner School offers some scholarships based on merit. When available, financial aid is generally provided through scholarships for master’s students and a combination of assistantships and tuition scholarships for doctoral students.

Does the University of Rochester provide housing?
The University has some housing available on campus for graduate students. Interested students are encouraged to enter the housing lottery prior to the early May deadline. Please consult the Graduate Housing and Apartments Office Web site for available options.

A database of off campus housing is maintained at the Off Campus Living Program

Haven’t answered your questions?
Please feel free to contact the admissions office

The International Student Office (ISO) also provides a wealth of information for international students.