International Students

As an international student, you are a vital part of our College’s campus community. By choosing Washington College, you are joining a vibrant campus community that benefits from the plurality of views and ideas that you bring from your home country and culture.

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Washington College is home to approximately 50 international students from around the world, as well as a number of students who hold dual citizenship between the U.S. and another country.

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Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to WC on the basis of scholastic achievement, personal characteristics and overall potential for success in a collegiate environment. 

To ensure a thorough review of your application for admission to WC, ensure we have the following items: 

  • Complete High School Transcript and/or Final exam results
  • Test Scores OR Test-Optional Form 
    • International students can submit one of the following test scores: SAT, ACT, IELTS, TOEFL, the Duolingo English Test, the Pearson English Test, and the Cambridge English Exam.
    • Students who apply from a country where English is an official language may apply with a test-optional form to Washington College. If a test-optional form is submitted, other test scores are not required. 
  • Letter of Recommendation from a High School Counselor, Teacher, or School Administrator
  • Personal Essay
  • Resume (optional)
  • Official College Transcript (Students enrolled in a foreign higher education institution must submit a course by course evaluation by one of our approved agencies  as well as descriptions of the topics covered in each course taken. We will use these documents to assess how many credits will be transferred.)
  • Test Scores OR Test-Optional Form 
    • International students can submit one of the following test scores: SAT, ACT, IELTS, TOEFL, the Duolingo English Test, the Pearson English Test, and the Cambridge English Exam.
    • Students who apply from a country where English is an official language may apply with a test-optional form to Washington College. If a test-optional form is submitted, other test scores are not required. 
  • Personal Essay
  • Professor Recommendation
  • Resume (optional)
  • Registrar's Report (Required only for Student's transferring from U.S. higher education institutions)

International applicants who are non-native speakers of English must show English Proficiency as per admission and student visa requirements. Washington College accepts the following exams:

English Language Proficiency Exam

Minimum required score

TOEFL

90

IELTS

6.5

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency

176

Duolingo English Test

115

PTE

53

Note: We can also accept SAT or ACT scores instead of these English Proficiency exams. International students from countries such as the English-speaking islands of the caribbean including Belize and Guyana, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe,  Malawi,  Ghana,  Rwanda and Sudan where the official language is English and whose cumulative GPA is a 3.5 and above may be allowed to apply test optional  at the discretion of your  admissions counselor.

For students who do NOT meet our minimum required English Proficiency scores, Washington College has a partnership with LADO International Institute. By studying at LADO you can enjoy:

  • A TOEFL and IELTS waiver if you satisfy the LADO requirements
  • The best English preparation program possible on your way to university

If you meet the following requirements at the LADO International Institute, your TOEFL score requirement will be waived in your application to Washington College.

Students must:

  • Have a final grade of at least 85% in levels 9 and 10.
  • Receive a recommendation letter from an upper level teacher at LADO.
  • Receive a recommendation letter from the Director of the center.
  • Submit their transcript from LADO. 

 

 All international students that study in the United States need a  Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.”  After being admitted or provisionally admitted, all non-US citizens must pay their enrollment deposit, and submit the following documents:

  • Certificate of Finances (should be notarized by an official notary or bank official)
  • Copy of your Passport
  • Bank Statement 

Take A Glance At What WC Can Offer   

Washington College provides many International Student Services and opportunities, including:   

International Student Orientation

Full orientation at the start of both the fall and spring semesters in collaboration with Student Affairs. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT STUDENT AFFAIRS

Student Advising

Advising by full time staff, as well as International Peer Mentors, in areas of academic, social, personal, and cultural adjustment. 

learn more about international peer mentors

Cultural Exchange Opportunities

Opportunities for cultural exchange on-campus and within the community through the Intercultural Ambassadors Program and the International Student & Community Mentor Program. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT INTERCULTURAL AMBASSADORS

Immigration Services

Collaboration with the U.S. Department of State (SEVIS) to initiate the immigration process. Advising on employment, travel, and other matters which affect immigration status. 

VISIT SEVIS WEBSITE

On-Campus Events

On-campus events hosted by the Global Education Office and other clubs and organizations such as the International Relations Club, Language Clubs, and the WAC South Asians Club. 

learn more about the global education office

Local & Regional Trips

Local and regional trips that enhance the cultural experience of international students. Past trips have included Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York City, Williamsburg, and local trips to go bowling, shopping, and pumpkin picking. 

read about road trips with wc's starr center

Financing Your Education

The Washington College Financial Aid staff are here to assist you every step of the way!

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Financial Aid

While Washington College does not offer full tuition scholarships or need based aid to international students, every international applicant who qualifies for admission is automatically considered for a Colin Ferguson Tuition Grant.

These grants range from $18,000 to $30,000 annually and are offered on the basis of scholastic achievement. We consider academic records, the admission essay and letters of recommendation in determining whether to award a Ferguson Grant.

Admitted students will also be nominated for honors fellowships and scholarships which range from USD $1500-$5000 a year, which can be combined with merit scholarships. Please apply by the early-action, December 1st deadline for priority consideration for honors fellowships. 

LEARN ABOUT on-campus EMPLOYMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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Additional Fees 

To ensure that all of our International Students (including Visiting/Exchange Students) have adequate insurance coverage while in the US, you will be required to purchase our Student Health Insurance Policy.  

Annual Rate for 2022/23 Academic Year: USD $2,355

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Questions? We can help. 

     

  

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GEO Video Series 

Subtitles available in:
عربى, 簡體中文, 中國傳統的, हिन्दी, 日本語, español, தமிழ், and ไทย

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