International Students

From our founding as a settlement house through to our status as a world-class learning institution today, NBSS has embraced people of all cultures and backgrounds. International students represent a growing portion of our student body, and help contribute to a rich educational experience at the School.

Our international community—students and alumni—have hailed from six continents and dozens of nations around the globe. They're a diverse group in terms of not only nationality, but also age, experience, and interests. All have sought NBSS for our world-renowned education in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship.

We strive to ensure that you have a smooth application process, and that once enrolled you feel supported and at home here. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at or 1-617-227-0155.

The following requirements are in addition to those listed on our Full-Time program pages.

English Language Proficiency

Proficiency in the English language is required of all students. You must complete at least one of the following:

  • Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, 525 PBT/70 IBT) or English Language Testing System (IELTS, 5.5) and submit your score with the application for admission.
  • Successfully complete your English as Second Language (ESL) courses and submit your transcript/certificate.
  • Successfully complete college-level English courses in an US college or university, and submit your official transcript.
  • Provide evidence of having graduated from an institution that is primarily taught in English.
Academic Records

International students are required to submit an official copy of one terminal secondary or post-secondary transcript. If the secondary diplomas and/or academic certificates are from outside of the U.S. (but not an American school), applicants are required to have their credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation service such as WES or CED.

Certification of Finances

International applicants must submit the Confidential Declaration of Finances form and an official bank statement to show evidence of their ability to pay educational and living expenses while studying in the U.S.. NBSS will provide the form to qualified applicants, which includes the estimate that should be sufficient to cover one year expenses, including tuition, cost of living, tools, and fees.

Download the form for your program below and return the completed form to our Financial Aid Office at or by mail. Then, we'll certify the form and create an I-20 form for you. We'll return both forms to you to use with your visa application.

Certification of Finances forms by program 2021-2022
Cabinet & Furniture Making
Jewelry Making & Repair
Locksmithing & Security Technology
Preservation Carpentry
Basic Piano Technology
Advanced Piano Technology
Violin Making & Repair


Contact Jamie Dergay, Director of Financial Aid, at or 617-227-0155 x115. You may also meet in-person on Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm.