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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)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL, TOEFL iBT Home Edition or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL, TOEFL iBT Home Edition and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university. 

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, the TOEFL or IELTS is then required for admission.

Students who have completed postsecondary 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), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, students must use this form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) requires universities admitting international students to verify that each nonnative English speaking student has sufficient English language proficiency to succeed in the academic program. For information on the minimum score needed to attend Washington University, please visit the Office for Student Affairs website, or email University College at For additional information about the support and services available for international students, please visit Office for International Students and Scholars website.

2020 Exception for International Students Coming From China

In response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Washington University in St. Louis has temporarily adjusted the documentation required to demonstrate English language proficiency for students coming from China.

In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, these students may take the Duolingo English Test online and achieve a score at or above 115; or they may take the TOEFL ITP Plus for China and achieve a score of 600, with Virecant video. Students who are admitted based on a Duolingo test score must complete testing upon arrival and may be required to take additional English language support courses while at University College. 

We will return to our normal English proficiency standards for admissions when TOEFL and IELTS testing resumes in Mainland China.

Admission Timelines

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

Semester Start
Admission Decision Deadline

Submit Financial
Documentation by

Spring 2020

September 1, 2019

Students must notify University College of
accepting admission by October 1, 2019.

November 1, 2019

Fall 2020

May 15, 2020

Students must notify University College of
accepting admission by June 15, 2020.

July 13, 2020

Spring 2021

September 1, 2020

Students must notify University College of
accepting admission by October 1, 2020.

November 2, 2020

Fall 2021

April 1, 2021

Students must notify University College of
accepting admission by May 3, 2021.

June 1, 2021

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

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. 

All payments made to University College 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 
    • The university has partnered with Flywire in order to streamline the process of international payments. Flywire allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency. By making your payment with Flywire you can track your payments from start to finish and save on bank fees and exchange rates in over 48 currencies. Flywire’s multilingual customer support team is available 24-hours a day. Please note that the university will not be able to process a refund to the student for a wire payment that is posted to the student account that exceeds more than $10,000 over the balance due on a student account. To get started, visit the Flywire homepage.

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

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