Admissions

What Types of Participants Are We Looking for?

TFAS International is looking for individuals who want to make a difference in the world and are excited to learn in an international setting.

When making admissions and scholarship decisions, the admissions committee looks at the whole individual. We are seeking well-rounded participants with strong academic performance, leadership ability, relevant professional experience, community involvement, maturity and intellectual curiosity.

Please note a strong command of English is required, as each of our programs is conducted entirely in English.

We welcome students from all majors and backgrounds as well as recent graduates. The majority of participants in each of our academic programs hail from the region where the program is located. We do consider applications from students who are from outside the region, especially if these applicants demonstrate a specific interest in the region or the academic focus of the program.

Applicants must be 18 years old and have completed at least one semester of undergraduate study at an accredited college or university before applying to attend one of the programs.

The European Journalism Institute (EJI) is open to both journalism professionals as well as upper-level students of journalism from all around the world.

Admission Timeline

Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be accepted, declined or alternated within approximately 4-6 weeks of completing their application. Scholarship awards are announced at the time of admission and will appear in your acceptance letter.

Application status and admissions decisions are accessible within the online application system. As soon as a decision has been made on your application we will notify you by email. If you are accepted to the program, you will be given 2-3 weeks to accept or decline the offer of admission.

TFAS Prague students gathered in Old Town Square.
TFAS Prague students explore the city’s famous Old Town Square.

Applications are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. Early applicants will receive first consideration for admission and scholarships decisions.

To qualify for a deadline, you must submit the online application form by 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) eastern time on the deadline. All supporting materials must also be received by the deadline.

TFAS Santiago

  • Early Deadline: August 15
  • Final Deadline: October 1

TFAS Asia

  • Early Deadline: December 1
  • Final Deadline: March 15

TFAS Prague

  • Early Deadline: January 31
  • Final Deadline: March 15

European Journalism Institute

  • Early Deadline: February 15
  • Final Deadline: March 31

All applicants are required to complete the online application. Supplemental materials must be sent in via email, post, or fax using the contact information below. Please keep in mind that your application will not be sent to the admissions committee for review until all of the required materials have been received.

Online Application:

  • One-page Resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose (250– 500 words)
  • Topical Essay (500 – 1000 words): Check online application for essay topic
    • NOT required for TFAS Asia
  • Sample Work (EJI only): A submitted or published article or project you

Supplemental Materials

  • Letter of Recommendation: One letter from a professor, dean, academic advisor, current/past employer or internship supervisor which must be sent through the online application system, via fax or email using the contact information provided.
  • Official Transcript(s) (TFAS Asia only): Transcripts from any university attended must be mailed in a sealed envelope or faxed/emailed directly from the home university’s registrar using the contact information below. This includes community colleges or study abroad experiences.

Scholarship Application

Students wishing to apply for a scholarship MUST do so when submitting their application for admission.

  • Scholarship Statement (250 words or less): “Write a brief statement describing your need for a scholarship.” Must be uploaded into the online application system. 
  • Optional Personal Financial Materials: Must be uploaded into the online application or sent via fax or mail using the contact information below. 
    • U.S. students: either a Student Aid Report or your most recent Tax Return. An SAR is accessible at www.fafsa.ed.gov with PIN and password.
    • International students: documentation of current funding you receive to study at university, or other proof of financial support.

TFAS International
1706 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202.986.0384
Fax: 202.315.3880
Email: international@TFAS.org

TFAS International participants fan out their passports, representing many different countries.
Participants show their passports, reflecting their many home countries.

Applicants to TFAS International programs should have a valid passport or be in the process of applying for a passport in conjunction with the submission of their application; you are exempt from this requirement if you are from the program country, or a citizen of a country admitted with national government ID to the program country. If you are accepted to a TFAS program, you will be asked to submit your passport information (or national government ID) in the enrollment process. Please make sure that your passport will NOT expire within 6 months of the final program date.

You can refer to the information below for visa requirements by program. More detailed information will be provided to participants needing a visa following enrollment to a TFAS program.


TFAS Santiago

Citizens from South America, the European Union, the U.S., Canada and Australia do not need tourist visas. However, some countries must pay a tax in cash (reciprocity tax) upon arriving at the airport in Chile. CLICK HERE to determine the requirements for citizens from your home country traveling to Chile.

TFAS Asia

Citizens from the U.S. and much of Asia do not need tourist visas. CLICK HERE to determine the requirements for citizens from your home country traveling to Singapore. Please note the fee for obtaining a visa for Singapore is $30 SGD (approximately $22 USD).

TFAS Prague + European Journalism Institute

Citizens from this list of countries need visas to enter the Czech Republic. Please note, Schengen area countries may use their national government ID for entry.

All participants must view and sign The Fund for American Studies program policies upon enrollment. Please click on the links below to view the policies for our academic and professional programs, including terms of final payment, refunds, withdrawals, student participation and code of conduct.

TFAS Santiago
TFAS Asia
TFAS Prague
European Journalism Institute