International Students

Apply as an international student if you hold or will need to obtain a non-immigrant visa, such as a student visa (F-1) or an exchange visitor visa (J-1).

Application instructions in Chinese.

Admissions Requirements

Complete the appropriate international application — FREE.

  • Freshman Application — if you are attending a secondary school or if you have taken fewer than 12 credits at a college or university.
  • Transfer Application — if you have attempted at least 12 credits at a college or university.

Our admission decisions are made on a rolling policy. However, it is recommended that applications are received by:

  • April 15 for the Fall semester.
  • October 1 for the Spring semester.
  • February 15 for the Summer term.

The review process usually takes four to six weeks to complete.

Official Secondary School and/or College Transcripts
All educational documents must be accompanied by original English translations and must carry the seal or stamp of the issuing educational institution. A course-by-course credential evaluation completed by a NACES certified organization will be accepted if the transcript is not in the English language.

Recommendation letters are not required, but are welcome and will be taken into consideration. 

English Proficiency

If your native language is not English, you are required to submit the results of a test of English proficiency (exemptions). Accepted tests and requirements are as follows:

  •      TOEFL Internet-based test: 75 minimum (Widener Standardized test code: 2642)
  •      TOEFL Paper-based test: 540 minimum
  •      IELTS: 6.5 overall band score

Transfer Students: If you have completed English Composition I and English Composition II and earned a grade of C or better from a regionally accredited institution in the United States, you are not required to submit standardized test scores.

*** SAT or ACT scores are not required if you are submitting the TOEFL/IELTS scores (except for Engineering and Nursing).

Download/print the requirements for nursing and engineering applicants.

Applicants who are academically prepared to pursue a university program but are unable to meet the minimum English proficiency requirement can be considered for conditional admission.

Students interested in conditional admission for Business, Engineering, Hospitality Management or Political Science can apply through the pathway programs at the International Study Center (ISC).

Immigration Status and Financial Consideration

International Student Funding Source
Applicants who require an F-1 visa must provide written proof that they have adequate funds to meet the expenses incurred while studying in the United States. For additional information regarding the visa process, please visit the Office of International Student Services.

Scholarships
Merit based scholarships are awarded based on academic record and SAT/ACT or TOEFL/IELTS scores. Applicants who are exempt from English Proficiency must submit one of the listed test scores for scholarship consideration.

For free and accurate information about studying in the United States, please visit a U.S. Educational Advising Education USACenter in your country. Click the link below for more information and to locate a center near you.

Contact Information 

international.admissions@mail.widener.edu

(610) 499-4126