International Students: How to Apply

International Students: How to Apply


Your application for admission to Hanover will be considered when the following items have been received:

1. Complete application for admission (online or paper application below). (Required)

2. Original or certified/attested true copies of transcripts from the applicant’s secondary school and any college or university attended. (Required)

3. Proof of English Proficiency, any of the items below will be accepted:

Accepted English Proficiency Tests

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
    Hanover’s school code is 1290. For registration information, please visit the TOEFL website at
    • Minimum score: 80
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS)
    IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. For more information on IELTS visit
    • Minimum score: 6.5
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
    Hanover’s school code is 1290. For more information on the SAT visit
    • Minimum score: 1050 (Reading/Writing 550)
  • American College Test (ACT)
    Hanover’s school code is 1200. For more information on the ACT visit
  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Test (ACTFL)
    For more information regarding the ACTFL, visit
    • Minimum score: Intermediate High (IH) to Advanced Low (AL)
  • Global Test of English Communication (GTEC)
    For more information regarding the GTEC, visit:
    • Minimum score: 336-340
  • Pearson Test of English Academic or Pearson Test of English Online (PTE)
    For more information regarding the PTE, visit:
    • Minimum score: 58
  • Duolingo English Test (DET)
    For more information regarding the DET, visit:
    • Minimum score: 105
  • International Test of English Proficiency (iTEP)
    For more information regarding the iTEP, visit
    • Minimum score: 4.0
  • The Oxford Tutorial College Certificate (TCC)
    For more information regarding the TCC, visit
    • Minimum score: Level C1, B2 with interview

English Proficiency Waiver Eligibility

You are eligible for an English Proficiency Waiver if you are from one of the following countries/territories: 

  • Australia 
  • Belize 
  • Cameroon 
  • Cyprus 
  • England 
  • Gambia
  • Ghana 
  • Guyana 
  • Ireland 
  • Jamaica 
  • Kenya 
  • Liberia 
  • Malawi 
  • Nigeria 
  • Northern Ireland 
  • Rwanda 
  • Scotland 
  • Sierra Leone 
  • South Africa 
  • Tanzania 
  • Uganda 
  • Zambia 
  • Zimbabwe 

Apply for an English Proficiency Test Waiver Here

If granted a waiver, you must submit the following 2 items in place of an English Proficiency Test: 

  • A 250-word typed essay/personal statement, 
    • The prompt is a free-write, meaning you can pick the topic, but usually students write about what they are interested in studying and why they wish to study at Hanover College. 
  • A letter that is signed by the Director/Principal/Counselor of your school asking for an exemption of the English Proficiency Score requirement since the medium of education at the school was English. 

4. Photocopy of passport. (Required)

5. Financial documentation: (Required)

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6. Personal Statement. (Optional)

7. Letter of recommendation from a current teacher or instructor. (Optional)


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the class is full.

  • December 1: Early admission deadline
  • November 1: Winter/Spring admission deadline
  • March 15: Fall admission deadline


For more information, email or
connect with the international admission counselor.

Wilda Knecht, international admission counselor

Wilda Knecht ’17

Assistant Director of International Student Services