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International Student Information

International students who enter the United States to study on a student (F-1) visa are required to be registered full-time. For graduate students, 9 credit hours constitutes full-time enrollment. For undergraduate students, 12 units constitutes full-time enrollment. It is possible to be enrolled as a full-time student in any University College degree program.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) & International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International students who are not native English speakers must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores at the time of application. Minimum TOEFL scores required for consideration of admission are 577 on the paper exam, 233 on the computerized exam, and 90 on the internet based exam. The minimum IELTS Academic Module score required for consideration of admission is 7.5. Accepted students will be required to complete additional testing on arrival to determine whether supplementary English course work is necessary.

Students who have completed post-secondary course work outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation for each institution attended. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES)  or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Note: If you have a bachelor’s degree from a US college or university, you do not need to submit TOEFL scores.

Tuition & Living Expenses

Documentation of funding for tuition and all living expenses, including required health insurance for international students, is required at the time of application. The cost of attendance varies by program due to differences in tuition. Each international applicant should consult with the University College admissions coordinator, Pat Agnew, for an estimate of the cost of attendance for his or her intended program of study. Campus housing is not provided to University College students, but affordable housing options within walking distance of campus are available through Quadrangle Housing at quadrangle.wustl.edu.

Scholarship Policies for International Students

International students are eligible to apply for a merit scholarship after completing one year at University College. The maximum scholarship amount for international students per semester is $2,000. 

Admission Timeline

Due to the time required to process visa requests, international applicants should apply for admission to their program of choice three months prior to the start of the semester in which they hope to begin their studies.

  • Our fall semester begins in late August; students wishing to begin in fall should apply by June 1.
  • Our spring semester begins in early January; students wishing to begin in the spring should apply by October 1.

All payments made to University College, including the application fee, must be made in U.S. dollars in one of the following ways:

  1. a check or money order drawn from a U.S. bank,
  2. a payment on a credit card funded by a U.S. bank, or
  3. a wire transfer (download our wire transfer instructions).

The Office for International Students and Scholars provides social, cultural and academic support to international students. They can be reached at oiss@wustl.edu. Further details about student services will be provided to admitted students.

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