Carnegie Mellon University

Due to the ongoing considerations related to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pre-College program will be offered only through remote instruction in the summer of 2021.

For legal and compliance reasons under international law, as well as practical operational reasons, students are required to be physically present in the United States when participating in the program accessing program courses. 

If a student cannot be physically present in the United States when accessing program courses (for example, due to current travel restrictions), the student cannot participate in the program.

International Applicants

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College welcomes both domestic and international students to participate in our summer programs. For our international applicants, please make note of our I-20 Certificate of Eligibility and English proficiency requirements:

The I-20 Certificate of Eligibility

International students coming to Carnegie Mellon who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents may need to obtain an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from the Office of International Education (OIE).

  • If you are already in the U.S. on F-1 status, and will be returning to your current school next fall, you would not need an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon. 

  • If you will be coming to the U.S. from overseas and will either return to your overseas high school/college or attend Carnegie Mellon or another school in the U.S. in the fall, you must complete the necessary paperwork to obtain an I-20.

If you are an international student who will need an I-20 or F-1 student visa from Carnegie Mellon, you must apply and submit all supporting documents by March 1.

If you are admitted to the summer Pre-College program, the Office of International Education (OIE) will send you paperwork (an International Student Information Form and an Affidavit of Support Form) that you must complete to obtain an I-20. The Form I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Students who receive an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon must arrive on the Thursday before opening day, in order to complete a mandatory immigration check-in, to maintain legal status in the U.S.  Admitted students will be sent more detailed instructions regarding this mandatory check-in. 

English Proficiency: 

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if your native language is not English. Carnegie Mellon requires TOEFL scores of 102 or better or an IELTS score of 7.5 and above. During our review process, we carefully reviews the sub-scores of each of these exams and consider those candidates with reading, listening, speaking and writing sub-scores of 25 or more on TOEFL and 7.5 or more on IELTS to be candidates with high levels of English proficiency. MyBest Scores for the TOEFL exam will be accepted. Please arrange to have these scores sent no later than March 1st.

Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program's TOEFL code is C534.


Frequently Asked Questions

The Form I-20 is used to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad. Please note that Canadian citizens are exempt from the visa requirement – Canadian citizens only need the I-20. With your I-20 you will be sent detailed instructions regarding travel to the U.S. and a mandatory immigration check-in. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Students who have received an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon must arrive on International Pre-College Student Move-In Day (Thursday prior to opening day) to complete a mandatory immigration check-in prior to Pre-College Opening Day in order to maintain legal status in the U.S.
Once all forms and original bank statements are sent to and received by the Office of International Education, you will receive the I-20 in approximately three weeks.
No. You must enter the U.S. with an I-20 in F-1 student status, NOT as a B-1/B-2 visitor. The Department of Homeland Security prohibits full-time study in the B category. The regulation states with regard to B-1/B-2: “Enrollment in a course of study prohibited.” 8 CFR 214.2 (7)
There is one more important step to take. The Department of Homeland Security requires that you check in with our office to complete the immigration process. You must arrive in Pittsburgh on Thursday prior to opening day and OIE will check you in and provide an orientation. You must bring your original I-20 Certificate of Eligibility and your passport with you to Immigration Check-In.

Please don't hesitate to contact the Carnegie Mellon Office of International Education by email or phone at 412-268-5231.

No. We have built in time for students to arrive on Thursday, settle in, and receive an orientation so that international students can adjust prior to opening day.