As an international student at LACM, you will also have the opportunity to build professional and personal relationships that last a lifetime. LACM’s international students make up nearly one-half of our student population, which creates a unique and diverse learning environment. Our Student Service Office and our International Office are dedicated to making the transition from your home country to LACM as smooth and easy as possible.

Admission Process

All Official Transcript Evaluations and English Proficiency Scores should be sent to:

LACM Admissions
Los Angeles College of Music
300 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105

1. English Proficiency Testing for International Students

International Applicants must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)test for admission. Scores may not be more than two years old at the time of application to LACM. Below are the minimum scores accepted for each test:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): the minimum score for acceptance is 70 (Internet-Based). Our TOEFL school code is 1987.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): the minimum score is a 6 overall band score.

Exemption from the English Proficiency Test Requirement:
Students are exempt from the English proficiency test requirement if they meet at least one of the following criteria: The student is a citizen or permanent resident (as indicated on the application for admissions) of one or more of the following countries: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Scotland, the United Kingdom, or the United States.

The student has a degree (as indicated on the application for admissions) from an institution where the primary language of instruction and evaluation is English, and for which verification is available through the International Handbook of Universities, published and edited by IAU/UNESCO. Additional information may be requested from the applicant’s university registrar’s office to verify that the instruction was conducted in English.

2. Foreign Transcript Evaluation

Individuals who have completed high school, college, or university course work in a country other than the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by a NACES-approved ( evaluation agency. For more information, click here. International students must submit an official transcript evaluation from a NACES Member Service. For a full list of NACES Members, click here.

The transcript evaluation must include:
1. A detailed report (course-by-course evaluation)
2. A U.S. degree equivalency
3. A U.S. Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalency

Transcript evaluations are not required from American universities operating overseas, provided the institution is regionally accredited by a recognized U.S. regional accrediting body, with grades report on a U.S. 4-point scale.

LACM recommends the following NACES members:

WESEducational Credential EvaluatorsGlobal Services Associates Inc

Student Visas

There are two types of student visas available to non-immigrant students who wish to enter the United States for the purpose of engaging in full-time study: F-1 and M-1. LACM is approved by the United States Government to issue Certificates of Eligibility (I-20 forms) for both F-1 and M-1 visas.

F1 Student Visa

F-1 visas are available to students who are accepted by LACM’s Associate and Bachelor Degree programs.

M1 Student Visa

M-1 visas are available to students who are accepted by into a Diploma Program.


An I-20 is a U.S. Government document that you need to apply for a student visa at the U.S. Consulate in your home country.

How to Obtain an I-20 Form

  1. Apply and be accepted by LACM
  2. Make your tuition deposit online or submit the 1st quarter tuition payment in full
  3. Provide an official Financial Statement from a certified banking institution
  4. Submit an official Affidavit of Support Letter (if applicable)
  5. Provide a copy of your passport (the passport must valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended visit).
  6. Upon receipt of the above documents, an I-20 Form will be issued by the International Student Services for the appropriate visa type and study period.

The student is responsible for applying for a student visa after obtaining the I-20 Form. After receiving the I-20, you must do the following:

  1. Complete the online Visa Application Form DS-160.
  2. A passport style photo is required while completing the online Form DS-160. Photo Requirements
  3. Pay the $160 USD visa application fee.
  4. Print the “confirmation page” to bring to your visa interview.
  5. Schedule an appointment for your visa interview, generally, at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live. Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. Locate a U.S. Embassy or Consulate near you.

International Student Resources

Application Requirements & Process

Academic Advising and Tutoring

All other International Student Services