The Peabody Conservatory is proud to host a demographic of students from all over the world. Admission requirements are the same for all applicants regardless of citizenship, however, there are some additional procedures to keep in mind.

Johns Hopkins University Office of International Services is available to help with any questions relating to visas and travel.

Required Documents


  • All applicants are required to submit original transcripts and an official English translation. We will not accept hard copy transcripts during the application process. They must be uploaded to your application.
  • If you are accepted to Peabody, we will ask you to request that your school send a hard copy, final transcript before orientation.
  • Transcripts submitted with your application should include:
    • Degree earned (if graduated)
    • GPA
    • Dates of attendance/graduation and grading scale
    • Notarized English translation

English Proficiency Requirement

International applicants are required to submit verified TOEFL (code number is 5532) or IELTS scores to be considered for admission. We are now accepting the TOEFL iBT Home Edition. Should you take the TOEFL more than once, we’ll use the set of TOEFL scores corresponding with your highest overall score. We don’t use TOEFL MyBest scores, which ‘superscore’ subsection results from more than one test administration of the TOEFL.

Score requirements are the same across all degree and diploma programs. Minimum score requirements:

  • TOEFL: 79
  • IELTS: 6.5 (overall band score)

Note: The Duolingo English Test is not accepted at this time.

If you have attended a school where English is the primary language for 2+ years, or if you will be graduating from a 2 year program prior to enrolling at Peabody, you are exempt from this requirement.

You may self-report your scores directly with your application but must have official exam scores sent to the Peabody Admissions office directly from the testing agency so that they can be verified. Test score submission deadlines:

  • Early Decision, Low-Residency MM: November 1st
  • Spring Admission: with your application
  • Regular Decision: December 1st if you are a graduate applicant who has also submitted an assistantship application, February 1st for all other applicants
  • Late Admission: May 1st

For more information about required documents and how to apply to your desired degree program, please review your application instructions.

Asia Regional and Recorded Audition Information

We understand that in some countries continued restrictions/policies around travel may make it impossible for you to travel to Peabody to audition. In these circumstances Peabody will continue to provide accommodations for students to submit a video audition and/or interview virtually. If you find yourself in this situation, please submit a request for accommodation. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

If you are living outside of the US, depending on your degree and instrument area you may be eligible to participate in a recorded audition or one of our Asia Regional Auditions. Please visit the following pages for more information and to see if you are eligible to participate in this format:

Financial Aid for International Students

All students who audition at Peabody, regardless of citizenship, are considered for merit-based financial aid based upon your audition/interview. You will receive notice of any financial aid awarded with your acceptance letter to Peabody. Decision release dates:

  • Low-Residency MM: December 15th
  • Spring Admission: rolling
  • Regular Decision: April 1st
  • Late Admission: June 1st

International applicants may submit the CSS Profile if they wish to be considered for institutional work-study and/or loans. For more information or questions regarding this form, please contact our Financial Aid Office at [email protected] or request support through SEAM’s online form.

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