International Certificates

Certificates through NEC's School of Continuing Education offer international students with a unique opportunity to study with some of the world's finest faculty in the heart of Boston.  Certificates are designed to provide a comprehensive and focussed conservatory experience within two years or less.  Some students use the certificate program to hone their skills prior to an undergraduate or graduate conservatory audition while others may return home to pursue teaching and performing careers.  Whatever your musical journey is, we'd love to hear from you!


NEC’s School of Continuing Education is uniquely positioned to offer qualified international students with an F-1 visa and all immigration paperwork necessary to study full-time in the United States.  We understand that travel restrictions may be particularly stringent this year and will be providing international students with the option to begin classes from home while travel arrangements are finalized.  Applications will continue to be reviewed and processed through late summer of 2021.  


Step 1: Complete the online application.

Step 2: Email Please include:

  • Cover letter
  • Copy of a photo I.D.
  • TOEFL exam scores
  • Transcripts from previous institution (either high school or higher educational institution)
  • Letters of recommendation

Language Requirements:

We require a minimum TOEFL score of: 79iBT or 550 Paper-Based.
For those with lower scores it may still be possible to enroll assuming participation in supplementary language classes.  Please contact us for more information.  

Annual Cost:

Tuition: $25,000
Health Insurance: $2,787
Health Center Fee: $650

College Cross-Registration:

In certain cases it may be possible for SCE certificate students to cross-register into New England Conservatory College classes to aid in the fulfillment of certificate electives.  Access to these courses is not guaranteed and space is limited however full-time students are given special consideration in this process.  Some examples of past cross-registered courses include:

Areas of Study:

Certificates are primarily 2 year programs with some options to shorten to 1 year for qualified applicants.  Areas of study include: