For International Students

Deciding to study in the United States means you may be far from the familiarity of family and friends; but it’s easy to feel at home at Great Lakes Boat Building School. The close-knit nature of our campus in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula will allow you to cultivate lasting relationships, gain personalized hands-on experience in the skilled trades from high-quality instructors.

For consideration, application materials should be received in the Office of Admissions by May 1 for fall enrollment.

These steps will help move you toward your goal of studying in the U.S.A.

1.) Apply to GLBBS online or via printed application; pay the $100 application fee

2.) Provide a copy of your High School/College Transcripts or proof that you have completed your GED equivalency and at least 1 letter of recommendation.

3.) Provide proof of English Proficiency

English proficiency can be proven in several ways:

  • TOEFL score of 500 for paper-based exam; or 61 for internet-based exam.
  • Score of 72 on Michigan English Language Assessment Battery.
  • Completion of Level 112 at any ELS Language Center located in the U.S.
  • Completion of 2 years of study at a school, college, or university located in an English-speaking country.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.0 or higher.

Current English speaking countries and territories where English is the first official language (Compiled by the British Council):

EUROPE: Republic of Ireland, Malta, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland), Gibraltar
NORTH AMERICA: United States, Canada (except Quebec)
CENTRAL AMERICA & the CARIBBEAN: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands
SOUTH AMERICA: Falkland Islands
AFRICA: Cameroon, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria St. Helena, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
ASIA: India
AUSTRALIA & OCEANA Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuat

4.) Provide proof of ability to pay for tuition, books, fees and living expenses for one academic year in order to obtain Student Status (I-20).  The U.S. Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requires that GLBBS have your verification of ability to pay with recent financial information—no more than 90 days previous.

5.) Upon acceptance to GLBBS you will need to apply for a Student Visa.

6.) Work with the GLBBS Director of Administration to finalize your enrollment and to answer any questions you may have along the way.






What People Say

Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the
Marilyn Jean. Everyone loves her!

Wayne B., Commissioned Boat Client July 14, 2017

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