International Student Services
You are considered an international student only if you will apply for or already have a non-immigrant United States F-1 visa. Western State Colorado University admits students on an F-1 visa only. Applicants who have established permanent resident status in the U.S. are not considered international for admission purposes and should apply as a United States resident.
Well trained and caring international student advisors help internationals meet the challenges of study in the U.S. by providing pre-arrival assistance information on visas, registration, orientation, housing, as well as advising on personal and cross-cultural matters.
International students seeking admission must submit an application for admission, high school and/or college transcripts (translated into English). Students will be considered for admission to each academic semester offered (Fall, Spring, or Summer). Completed application forms must be on file with the Admissions Office 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester.
You will fill out the same application as incoming freshmen students from the U.S. however you must also submit the following items to the Admissions Office at the time of application:
- Completed Application Form
- Official Transcripts - translated into English
- English Proficiency (Click here to see required TOEFL scores)
- Financial Documentation - bank statements
- Affidavit of Support Form
Students currently attending a US institution of higher education on an F-1 visa that wish to transfer to Western State Colorado University need not take the TOEFL if they have completed a college level English course and received a C grade or higher. Once an international transfer student has been accepted to Western State Colorado University they must request that their I-20 be transferred from the previously attended institution to Western State Colorado University. All other requirements for an incoming international student remain the same.
Evaluating Level of Placement
In evaluating your level of placement, Western State Colorado University considers differences in foreign educational systems and compares your system with U.S. educational programs, based upon the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Guide. Due to the accreditation restrictions, as well as certain departmental policies, post secondary courses (even those with similar titles to Western State Colorado University courses) may not always be accepted for transfer credit. Degrees earned in other countries are not always considered to be equivalent to those earned in the U.S.
If you have completed 12 years of elementary and secondary schooling, you can study at the under-graduate level. The bachelor’s degree, pursued at the undergraduate level, usually entails four to five years of collegiate study. General education requirements, as well as requirements in a field of specialization called a major, must be met to earn a degree.