International Undergraduate Applicants
Step 1: Complete an Application
International undergraduate applicants to the Jacobs School of Music (including the Department of Ballet) complete a single application that serves both as your application to Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music. There is a $145 application fee and the deadline for completing the application is November 1, 2015 for Fall 2016 admission. Applications received after that date will be accepted on a case-by-case basis depending on space availability. You may access the undergraduate application for admission by clicking here.
An instruction guide for completing the application can be downloaded here, and we recommend that you either have this document open in a separate window on your desktop, or print this document out so you may refer to it as you are completing the application.
Step 2: Send supporting materials to IU Office of International Admissions
Arrange to have the following materials sent to the University Office of International Admission by November 1 (see address at the bottom of this page):
Counselor's Recommendation and Signature
SAT or ACT Scores
Documentation of Funding (see explanation below)
Step 3: Submit TOEFL score
All applicants whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit an acceptable score (see TOEFL requirements) by March 1, 2016 in order to receive full consideration for Fall 2016 admission. The minimum TOEFL result required for the bachelor's degree program is a paper-based score of 560, a computer-based minimum of 223, and an internet-based minimum of 84. There are no exceptions to these requirements. To ensure timely processing of your TOEFL score, please mail your score directly to the Jacobs School of Music (score report can also be faxed or scanned and emailed), rather than through your agency.
Step 4: Request Letter(s) of Recommendation
Download the Undergraduate Teacher Recommendation form (PDF) and give to your music teacher(s). All applicants to the Jacobs School of Music must submit at least one teacher recommendation. Your teacher recommendation must be received by the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions by December 1, 2015, and your teacher can fax, scan and email, or mail the form to us (see address below).
Step 5: Complete the Pre-screening, Audition, and Interview process
Audition or interview at the Jacobs School of Music on one of the designated audition weekends. Please note that the following instrument areas and departments require pre-screening:
- Jazz Percussion
- Classical Guitar
- Jazz Guitar
- Jazz Saxophone
- Jazz Voice
- Composition (requires a portfolio)
- Recording Arts (requires a portfolio)
All prescreening materials must be received by December 1, 2015 in order to receive consideration for Fall 2016 admission. Pre-screening materials received after that date will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on space availability. In the case of pre-screening audition recordings, please note that if received after the December 1 deadline, we reserve the right to consider your recording as a final audition, on which a final admission decision will be made. Applicants in areas where pre-screening is required will be notified if they will be invited for an on-campus audition or interview in January.
All Pre-screening recordings for performance areas must be submitted online. For detailed instructions click here.
Note: All applicants to Recording Arts must submit all the elements of the portfolio in one envelope (including letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) directly to the Jacobs School of Music Office of Admissions by December 1, 2015. For details about content of portfolio, please click here.
All other applicants will be contacted regarding an on-campus audition or interview as soon as all application materials have been received and reviewed, but not later than 30 days prior to your selected audition / interview weekend.
The Jacobs School of Music is neither responsible for materials sent to another office on campus in error nor for materials that are labeled incorrectly. Remember, pre-screening materials must be labeled properly as described above.
Audition / Interview Dates 2015-2016
January 15-16, 2016
February 5-6, 2016
March 4-5, 2016
For a complete listing of audition / interview requirements for individual instrument areas and departments, please see the Requirements by Department page.
In the Jacobs School of Music, we operate on a rolling admission process. This means that once your applications to both the University Office of Admission and the Jacobs School of Music are complete, you have submitted all supplemental information, and have completed an audition / interview, an admission decision will be made and you will be notified of an admission decision from Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music as soon as possible. You should expect a decision from us anytime between three weeks from your audition / interview date and May 1st.
Accepted applicants who wish to enroll in the Jacobs School of Music for Fall 2016 must submit an enrollment confirmation to the Jacobs School of Music, and a $100 enrollment deposit to the University Office of Admission no later than May 1, 2016.
400 East 7th Street, Rm. 221
Bloomington, IN 47405
Office of Music Admissions
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
East Studio Building JS 100
1201 East Third Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7006
The IU Jacobs School of Music application gives you the opportunity to express your preference for individual faculty members. Every effort will be made to honor your request based on studio availability and general balance in individual studios. While we cannot guarantee placement with any of those faculty members for whom you indicate a preference, all incoming students will be placed with a faculty member for their primary applied music study.
Documentation of Funding
All international applicants must provide documentation that they have sufficient funds to cover the full costs of their attendance at Indiana University and the Jacobs School of Music by completing and submitting the International Student Financial Documentation form to the University Office of International Admissions. Please note that this information has no influence on any part of the admission decision. For more information, please see IU Office of Admissions “Costs and Financial Aid” page.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
If your native language is not English, you are required to demonstrate your level of English proficiency by taking the TOEFL and submitting your scores. The minimum TOEFL result required for the BM and MM degree program are a paper-based score of 560, a computer-based minimum of 223, and an internet-based minimum of 84. The minimum TOEFL result for the DM degree program is a paper-based score of 600, a computer-based minimum of 250, and an internet-based minimum of 100. The minimum TOEFL result for the Performer/Artist Diploma is a paper-based score of 510, a computer-based minimum of 183, and an internet-based minimum of 65. There are no exceptions to these requirements and the TOEFL must be submitted by March 1, 2016 in order for an admission decision to be made.