Admission of International Students

International students seeking admission must submit an application to the Office of Admission by Oct. 1 for the Spring Semester, and May 1 for the Fall Semester of the term for which they apply. Students must also submit official high school and/or college transcripts in conjunction with their application. All documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations of these documents. All official copies of academic transcripts and diplomas of secondary and post-secondary education must be submitted directly to the Western Office of Admissions by the institutions attended. These documents must be original copies with an official signature and bear the school’s official seal, or a certified copy.

All academic credit documentation for work completed outside of the United States must submit transcripts to a NACES member credential evaluation service for a course by course evaluation. For a complete list of members, go to: naces.org or aacrao.org.

Applicants must be graduates of high school or secondary programs equivalent to similar programs in the United States. Applicants from countries where English is not a national language must have a minimum score of 550 on the paper version Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), an Internet-based Test (iBT) of 80 or a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS test.

For international students transferring to Western from another U.S. college or university who have completed 24 semester credit hours or more, and have completed a college-level English composition course with a 3.0 GPA or higher, a TOEFL of IELTS score is not required.

To be considered for merit-based scholarships, applicants must submit either an ACT or SAT standardized test score directly from the administering organization: actstudent.org or sat.collegeboard.org.

Applicants must demonstrate that an adequate sum of money in U.S. currency is available to cover the costs of each year of anticipated study by completing and submitting Western's Affidavit of Support form. Refer to Western's website for the form and current required amount. Bank statements showing financial solvency must also be provided directly from the Financial Institution where funds are held in conjunction with the Affidavit of Support form. Additionally, a photocopy of the applicant's passport or, if the applicant is in the U.S., a photocopy of the visa and I-94 in which the applicant entered the country must be provided.

Documents will not be accepted if received via email or fax or in a language other than English. Western will not generate an F-1 visa until all required documents have been received and a student has been officially accepted to the University.