International Students: additional requirements

The institute is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. MEIPN can issue an I-20 for one year to qualified foreign national students who enroll: however, once an I-20 is issued these students must obtain their own student visa.

All admission decisions for international students are based on each student’s individual application, their ability to secure an approved practicum site, and their ability to complete the course without additional support for English Language Learning which MEIPN does not provide.


Information for Students Enrolling from a Foreign Country

The Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN) is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant alien students who apply to MEIPN and who are accepted.

All components of MEIPN application and all materials necessary for I-20 application must be received by June 1 for Early Childhood and Elementary courses, and by July 1 for the Infant & Toddler course.

(See MEIPN Student Handbook for further information.)

·       Paper or email application

·       Statement of purpose (300 to 500 words, typed) describing why you are interested in Montessori education, why you have decided to become a Montessori professional and why you have selected this training.

·       Two observation reports (350-500 words, typed) describing your observations of students, environment, and teachers in two Montessori classrooms at the level you are applying to study. If currently working in a Montessori school, at least one of the observations must be at a different school.

·       Three professional references or two professional and one personal reference. These must be sent directly to MEIPN by the person writing the evaluation.

·       Official transcript for highest level of education completed if obtained in the United States.

·       Official evaluation of degree if obtained outside the U.S. (See below.)

·       Proof of English language proficiency (See below.)

·       Proof of offer of supervised internship

·       Oral interview after all other components are received

Degree Evaluation

Applicants who received their college degree outside the U.S must have their degree evaluated by a service such as Foundation for International Services (FIS),

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or other member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The degree evaluation must be mailed to MEIPN from the evaluation service.

Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants who received most of their high school or college education outside the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) even if their degree work was in English or if English is the official language of their country. 

The applicant is responsible for registering, taking and the cost of the TOEFL. Only official test results less than 2 years old are accepted.

Passing scores are as follows:

·       TOEFL iBT (internet based): 92 or higher

·       TOEFL PBT (Paper-based): 580 or higher.

Test results must be sent to MEIPN by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and received by MEIPN by June 1.

I-20s  and F-1 Visas

The student must submit all component parts of the application to MEIPN and gain acceptance before MEIPN can apply for issuance of the I-20 form.  After the I-20 is issued, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain the F-1 Visa. The rules for obtaining the visa will vary depending on the embassy or consulate involved.

In order for MEIPN to complete the I-20 application, the prospective student must submit the following to MEIPN:

q  The student’s signed and paid acceptance agreement

q  Copy of Passport

q  Proof of financial viability for the duration of the training – This can be a bank statement showing the following are covered:

o   Tuition and fees (See current year’s Student Handbook for tuition and fees)

o   Housing (MEIPN does not provide housing or boarding)

o   Living Expenses  

q  Country of Citizenship

q  Social Security Number, or other US Tax ID#, if one has been issued to the student

q  Foreign Address (where the applicant resides in their home country)

q  U.S. Address (where the applicant plans to reside in the US when they arrive)

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

MEIPN is authorized by SEVIS to offer Curricular Practical Training (CPT) for completion of the required 1-year supervised internship. Obtaining an internship site is the responsibility of the applicant, but the process includes MEIPN’s working with the internship site and the supervising teacher to certify that they meet American Montessori Society standards for these roles. It is not possible for international students to do self-directed internships.

Applicants generally find schools where they would like to work in two ways:

·       By visiting and observing at schools to which they could commute if they were hired. Applicants call schools to request appointments to observe. If a school seems to be a good fit, the applicant discusses possible employment as an assistant/intern with the school director.

·       By applying for assistant positions advertised in such places as MEIPN’s Job Board ( and the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association’s Classifieds section (

The applicant must submit proof of offer of employment as part of the application.

MEIPN is not authorized to offer Optional Practical Training (OPT) either before or after the CPT.