PreCollege Visa Requirements

 Students who are not United States citizens or Permanent Residents, are considered international students (non-immigrant) and require an F-1 student visa to study in Pratt's PreCollege Summer Program. All students seeking an F-1 visa must complete the PreCollege I-20 request to receive a Pratt I-20, which is required to obtain an F-1 student visa from the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country. International students will receive detailed instructions on how to request an I-20 from Pratt upon their acceptance into the program.

Please note that I-20 applications take between 3 to 5 weeks to process upon receipt of a complete I-20 application with all supporting documents. Phone calls and e-mails to inquire about the status of an I-20 application will only delay processing. You will be contacted via email directly by an advisor if additional documentation or information is needed.

Individuals applying for, or currently in the U.S. in the following statuses, may NOT study at Pratt Institute’s PreCollege Summer Program:

  • B1/B2 (tourist)
  • C (transit)
  • F2 (dependent of F-1)
  • WB Visa Waiver for Business (ESTA)
  • WT Visa Waiver for Tourism (ESTA)

For any other visa classification types, please contact the Office of International Affairs, to see if you are eligible to study in the PreCollege Summer Program and how to provide the appropriate documentation. Email: Phone: 718.636.3674.

More F-1 Visa Information

Students with Current F-1 Student Visa

If you are currently in F-1 status and are either returning to your American high school in the fall or graduating from your American high school and entering your F-1 60 day grace period, which must end after the PreCollege Program ends, you do not need to request an I-20 from Pratt. The summer application includes an option for you to upload a copy of your current I-20 and F-1 visa.

English Proficiency

International students studying in  a country where English is not the official  language are required to upload one of the following documents with their Summer Program application.

  • A score report showing a minimum TOEFL examination score of 76 iBT, IELTS score of 6, or PTE score of 48.
  • Proof of recent successful full-time study in English. A minimum of one year and a GPA of at least 2.0.

These English Proficiency documents will be reviewed by PreCollege staff and shared with the Office of International Affairs.

International Student Check-In

Please note that on orientation day international students are required to check in on the Brooklyn Campus with the Office of International Affairs to verify their F-1 status. Bring your I-20 and passport.

IMPORTANT: Students admitted to the United States in B1/B2 tourist status will not be permitted to attend  the program and will not receive a refund. Please be sure all your documents are in order before your arrival as there is no refund for any reason beyond June 15.

International Flights

Early arrivals are not encouraged. If you are taking an international flight and have no choice but to arrive before move-in day we ask that you find hotel accommodations or make alternate arrangements. If you need to arrive early please contact the PreCollege office before booking any flights at Please state “Early Arrival” in the subject line of the email.

Residential students must check-out of their rooms by 3 PM on the final day of the program.There are NO accommodations available after check-out at 3 PM. If you are unable to find an appropriate flight, we recommend finding hotel accommodations for later departures.