New England Conservatory’s School of Continuing Education offers international students a wonderful opportunity to study in vibrant downtown Boston with some of the world’s most premier musical instruction for a third the price of traditional conservatory tuition.  After acceptance into a certificate program, SCE will sponsor an F-1 visa for qualified applicants.  Please feel free to contact us for more information!

Frequently asked Questions:

F-1 Visa Sponsorship Requirements:
- Enroll full-time
- Demonstrate ability to cover full cost of attending NEC.  The estimated cost of tuition for one year is $17,500.  This does not include room, board, or medical insurance.

Campus and Surrounding Area:
- NEC is located in beautiful downtown Boston
- Public transportation is readily available
- A short walk from local universities: Harvard, MIT, Northeastern and Boston University to name a few
- World Renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Hall is right nextdoor -- student passes are available. 

Academic Advising:
SCE students recieve one-on-one advising
- Individualized attention from instructors
- Personalized academic planning

Application Requirements:

Step 1: Complete the online APPLICATION

Step 2: Provide:

  • An in-person or electronic (YouTube video preferred) audition demonstrating your level of proficiency on two contrasting pieces (contrasting by style, time period, or tempo)
  • One-page personal statement describing your interest in pursuing the certificate program and your musical background
  • An in-person or web conference interview with NEC Continuing Education Director, Dan Schmunk
  • An additional in-person or web conference interview with respective department chair
  • A recommendation letter from an academic institution or former teacher which will exhibit your academic performance/personal character and such.
  • Copy of transcripts from previous institution (either high school or higher educational institution)
  • Copy of a photo I.D.
  • Copy of TOEFL exam with a minimum score of: 79iBT or 550 Paper-Based (International Students only)  Find additional information in Frequently Asked Questions.

Any other questions? Give us a call! 

Director, Dan Schmunk
(617) 585-1126

Project and Operations Manager, Julian Couture
(617) 585-1298

Student Services Coordinator, Colin Geaghan
(617) 585-1299