International Admission Requirements

At SAE Institute we consider your creative potential and commitment to the creative industries, not just your academic history. Which is why admission to SAE Institute is open to any individual who is seriously interested in creative media industries and meets all necessary entrance requirements. No previous experience is required.
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  • Entrance exam
    SAE Institute requires all applicants to successfully complete the Wonderlic SLE to enroll in a program. Ask your admissions representative for more information about passing the Wonderlic, including taking the Wonderlic SLEQ online, re-taking the test, and more.
  • Passport
    Submit a copy of your passport, valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your intended stay in the United States.
  • Academic entry criteria
    Foreign secondary school transcripts that indicate an equivalency to an accredited US High School Diploma. Students applying with a High School Credential earned outside the United States must have their transcript(s) evaluated by a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE) or the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) to determine the equivalency with a United States high school diploma. Proof of graduation in languages other than English must be translated into English.
  • Financial Support
    Submit a recent bank account statement in order to meet United States Embassy Visa requirements. Students need to obtain an M1 or F1 visa, depending on campus and desired program in order to study in North America.


All locations require students to be proficient in English, both spoken & written. Applicants to SAE Institute who have completed secondary school in the following English-speaking foreign countries do not need to demonstrate English language proficiency:

Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Botswana, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St. Lucia, Sweden, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom, Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Applicants from all other countries not listed above must demonstrate English language proficiency by taking the TOEFL exam and scoring a minimum of 61 on the internet-based test, 173 on the computer-based test, or 500 on the paper test; taking the Pearson Test of English Academics (PTE) and scoring a minimum score of 42 for Diploma programs and 50 for a degree program, or by taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 5.5 for Diploma Programs and 6.0 for Degree Programs.

If an applicant believes they have the prerequisite English skills, the Chief Academic and Compliance Officer can assess English Language Proficiency with appropriate third-party documentation to determine if the student is eligible for admission. All other regulations and requirements regarding International Students still apply.


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