International Students

The college accepts and enrolls students who are citizens of countries other than the United States. Full-time international students are issued Forms I–20 to enable them to apply for student visas.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for graduate enrollment at the college, international students must hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree and meet all admissions requirements for the graduate program of study. International students must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Complete Westminster College Graduate Admissions Application and $50 application fee
  2. Official transcripts, academic records, diplomas, national examination results, certificates or degrees received from accredited post-secondary institution, university and/or professional schools and any necessary translations. These transcripts should be submitted directly to an approved professional evaluation service (www.wes.org or other Westminster approved service).
  3. Evidence of adequate financial support to cover the total cost of attendance for two semesters. This most commonly comes in the form of a certified bank statement or bank letter as well as a Statement of Financial Responsibility as issued by Westminster College.
  4. Evidence of advanced-level proficiency in English as shown by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Pearsons PTE.  At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, this requirement may be satisfied through other comparable means. 

    A TOEFL score of at least 100 (Internet-based) or 600 (paper-based) is required for admission to any of Westminster's graduate programs. A score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS may also be presented as evidence of English language proficiency.

    Students with a TOEFL score of 92–99 (Internet-based) or 575–599 (paper-based) or an IELTS score of 6.5–6.9 may apply for provisional admission to Westminster College. Students admitted with these scores must successfully complete the English for International Students Program to fulfill the Westminster English proficiency admissions requirement.

    Applicants whose post-secondary education took place in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. or graduated from a university whose language of instruction is English may be exempt from the English Proficiency requirement. Students who were born in any of these countries but educated elsewhere, however, will be required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
  5. Any other requirements including exams, recommendations, and additional supporting documents required by the individual graduate programs.

Once all required documentation has been received and the student has been accepted for admission, a Form I–20 will be sent to the student.

All materials submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office become the property of the college and cannot be returned to the student or sent to another school. If the student's school or ministry of education issues only one copy of post-secondary school grades or examination scores, the Office of Graduate Admissions will make a certified copy and return the original to the student; however, in all cases copies must be made from originals. Duplicated copies will not be accepted.