Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS) continues to monitor and assess the situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). GLBBS’ first and foremost concern revolves around student and staff health. Effective March 16, 2020, in an effort to reduce human interactions and potential spread of the virus, GLBBS will remain closed to the general public until further notice.

For International Students

Notice to International Applicant:

GLBBS is approved by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service as an institution eligible for attendance by non-immigrant applicants. The U.S Student Exchange and Visitor Information System, (SEVIS) requires the applicant to furnish the School with verification of recent financial information no more than 90 days with proof of ability to pay the full cost of attendance (tuition, books, tools, fees and living expenses) for one academic year to obtain student status (I-20).

All foreign credentials (high school, college transcripts, and academic records) must be translated to English and evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an authorized agency. Documents from foreign countries may be sent to (WES) World Education Service, WES will translate the diploma and/or transcript to determine if the foreign documents are considered equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma. Foreign applicants should allow sufficient time to complete this process.

The School then sends the applicant the appropriate SEVIS form on which the School certifies his or her acceptance. More information can be found at, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “Student & Exchange Visitor Program.” The student needs this form to apply for a non-immigrant student visa. An applicant must also have their passport.

In addition, proficiency in the use of the English language for reading, writing and speaking is an essential factor for success in the program and is a criterion for admission. International students may be asked to submit TOEFL scores if English is their second language. The following are acceptable tests/test scores

1. Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL); GLBBS destination code: C207
* Score 500 for paper-based exam; or
* Score 79 for internet-based exam.

2. International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
* Score of 6.0 or higher.

3. 2 years at a college or university located in an English-speaking country.

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

International applicants must 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 to enrollment.

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

Work with the GLBBS Admissions Advisor to finalize your enrollment, and to answer any questions you may have along the way.


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