International students form an important part of the student body at St. John's College, bringing valuable and varied perspectives to class discussions. Applicants should be aware, however, that all classes in the Institute involve intensive discussion, requiring ready comprehension of spoken English and the ability to converse fluently. In addition, a high level of proficiency in written English is expected. The college does not offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) preparatory course. All students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of Written English (TWE). A TOEFL score of 600 and TWE score of 5 are required for admission.
If the TOEFL-CBT (a computer-based test) is taken, a total score of 250 is required. TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) recommended total score: 112; individual section score of 27 in each area: Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing. Test scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Graduate Admissions Office.
- Annapolis: Literature and Mathematics & Natural Science are offered every fall.
- Santa Fe: Philosophy & Theology and Politics are offered every fall. Mathematics & Natural Science is offered every even year and History is offered every odd year.
- Annapolis: Philosophy & Theology and Politics & Society are offered every spring. History is offered every even year.
- Santa Fe: Literature is offered every spring. History is offered every odd year, and Mathematics & Natural Science is offered every even year.
- Annapolis (Summer 2016): Philosophy & Theology, Politics & Society, and Mathematics & Natural Science. (History is offered every odd year.)
- Santa Fe (Summer 2016): History, Philosophy & Theology, and Politics & Society. (History is offered every even year and Mathematics & Natural Science every odd year.)