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 submit one of the following English proficiency tests for admission. Duolingo English Test is the preferred proficiency testing company of LACM. They offer testing that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. 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:

  • Duolingo English Test: the minimum score for acceptance is 95.
  • 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.

SpanTran is the preferred evaluation company of LACM. They offer a discount and expedited turnaround on the evaluation and will send a fee copy directly to LACM.

SpanTran Application

Other Approved Companies:

Global Services Associates IncWES

Student Visas

There are two visa categories 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. As a SEVP certified school, LACM is approved by the United States Government to issue Certificates of Eligibility (I-20 forms) for both F-1 and M-1, and the program you enroll in determines which category you can apply.

F1 Student Visa

International students enrolled in LACM’s Associate or Bachelor Degree programs need F-1 Visa.

M1 Student Visa

International students enrolled in LACM’s Diploma programs need M-1 Visa.


A form I-20, also known as a Certified of Eligibility, is a U.S. Government document that you need in order to apply for a student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

How to Obtain an I-20 Form

  1. Apply and be accepted to one of the LACM programs
  2. Sign Enrollment Agreement & Pay the Enrollment Fee
  3. Submit the I-20 Requirements- the forms will be mailed to you, as well as an International Student Packet with detailed instructions
    • Copy of Passport
    • International Student Processing Form
    • Affidavit of Support form (if applicable)
    • Financial Statement from a certified banking institution

Upon receipt of the requested documents, International Student Services will issue and mail your original form I-20. The form will indicate appropriate visa type and program dates.

  1. Submit the I-901 SEVIS fee payment, print the receipt, and bring it with you to your visa interview.
    • For frequently asked questions about submitting the I-901 Form and fee, click here.
    • To submit Form I-901 and fee, click here.
  2. Complete the visa application (form DS160), pay the visa application fee, and schedule the visa interview at your nearest US. Embassy or Consulate
  3. Attend your visa interview
    • Interview wait times vary by location, season and visa category, so it is recommended to apply early. F-1 and M-1 Visas can be issued up to 120 days in advance of the program start date.

Health Insurance

Los Angeles College of Music highly recommends that all international students have health insurance while studying in the United States. We are able to offer international students four different health insurance options through Gallagher Student Health & Special Coverage. Click on the link to get a quote or browse international student health insurance plans.

To request a quote, you will need the following info:

  1. Student Date of Birth: mm/dd/yyyy
  2. Location: California
  3. School/Organization: Los Angeles College of Music
  4. Student Category: International Student
  5. Desired Coverage Period: mm/dd/yyyy

Gallagher Insurance is accepted at the Pasadena Community Urgent Care as well as Huntington Memorial Hospital, both located walking distance from LACM. For a complete list of hospitals, clinics and urgent care centers that accept Gallagher student insurance, visit their website.

International Student Resources

Application Requirements & Process

Academic Advising and Tutoring

All other International Student Services


GDPR Compliance Statement

The Los Angeles College of Music has always been committed to our students’ and applicants’ right to privacy and protection. LACM welcome’s the arrival of the GDPR and is taking the appropriate steps to making sure our data processors adhere to the privacy and protection policies outlined by the EU-US.

If you have any questions about LACM’s commitment to the GDPR or LACM’s policies on privacy and data security, please feel free to contact our office at 626.568.8850

GDPR Compliance Request