Applying to Wesleyan

International Students

Wesleyan values the place that international students have in the campus community and the perspective they can contribute both inside and outside of the classroom. We encourage you to apply and join a long traditional of international members of the Wesleyan community.

In addition to the frequently asked questions answered below, please be sure to read more about international admission.


  • What are the requirements for international applicants?
    • Candidates studying at foreign schools who have taken national examinations for university admission (GCSEs, ‘A’ levels, Abitur, International Baccalaureate, etc.) are expected to have achieved superior results. A high degree of proficiency in English, as described below, is also required. All students applying for undergraduate admission who have not yet attended a university for one full year will be considered applicants to the first-year class. Those who have completed a year or more at a university will be considered transfer applicants. Please note that students may not discount credit to be considered first-year students.
  • What kind of testing is required from international students?
    • International applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT test results if actual or predicted results for national, standardized, subject-based examinations such as the 'A' levels, French Baccalaureat, ISC, German Abitur, etc. are submitted by the student's school. Students in an IB curriculum are expected to submit predicted or actual IB exam results. Students in high schools overseas that follow an American curriculum are not required to submit any standardized tests. Both actual and predicted results would be preferred in cases where both are available. If an international student cannot present any of the above external exams, then he or she will be required to submit ACT results or the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests. Applicants in the People's Republic of China, where the SAT is not available, are exempt from this requirement. If English is not a student's first language the TOEFL or IELTS results may be necessary (see below).
  • Does Wesleyan require the TOEFL or IELTS exams for international students?
    • Students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or alternatively, the academic modules of the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS). Students should receive a score that demonstrates sufficient proficiency in the English language to function well in a highly demanding academic environment. A score close to 100 on the Internet-based test or a "7" on the IELTS would be evidence of adequate English language ability. A high score--650 or better--on the critical reading section of the SAT may also demonstrate the necessary English language proficiency.   
  • Are international students able to interview with a Wesleyan representative?
    • Interviews are not required as part of the admissions process, but we encourage prospective students to arrange them if possible. An interview can provide an opportunity to speak with a member of the admission staff about the academic, extracurricular, and social life of the University. If you will be visiting the United States while applying to colleges, a campus visit is strongly encouraged. Please go to the Office of Admission website as soon as your travel itinerary is definite. If you cannot visit campus, you may be able to schedule an interview with an alumni representative in your area from mid-August through December. We may offer interviews via Skype if you are unable to schedule another type of interview where you live. Prospective students may interview only once, either on- or off-campus or virtually, and not before May of their junior year.

      Given the limited availability of alumni interviews outside of the U.S., international applicants are encouraged to interview with InitialView, a third-party service that conducts interviews in-person in China or via an online video platform for those in other countries. You will be able to share the interview with multiple colleges of your choice. The conversation will be recorded and sent to the Wesleyan Office of Admission for review. InitialView does not rate or grade the interview. The deadline for completing the interview is the application submission deadline date for ED1, ED2, and Regular decision rounds. Please note that the Initialview interview is not Wesleyan-specific and the interviewer will not be able to answer Wesleyan-specific questions. To schedule an InitialView interview, please click here.

  • Is financial aid available for international students?
    • Wesleyan and U.S. federally sponsored financial aid are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Financial aid for foreign students, however, is extremely limited and is awarded on the basis of both exceptional qualifications and demonstrated need. In addition to the 11 Freeman Asian Scholars, we expect to offer financial assistance to approximately 40 foreign students from a pool of more than 800 such applicants. The full financial need of all undergraduate students, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, is met with a combination of loans, part-time employment, and grants. Most students whose total family incomes are $60,000 per year or less will receive an aid package that substitutes grants for any loan obligation. No financial aid is available for foreign transfer students. If you plan to apply for financial aid at any point during your four years of study then you must apply for financial aid at the time you apply for admission.
    • Please see the Financial Aid website for more details. If financial aid is NOT needed, foreign students must submit documentation verifying sufficient personal resources or outside scholarships to meet the expense of four years at Wesleyan. Please use the International Student Certification of Finances form.
  • What is the Freeman Asian Scholars Program?
    • The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program, was established in 1994 through the bequest of Mansfield Freeman, Wesleyan class of 1916, a businessman, benefactor, and longtime resident in Asia. Each year, the Program provides full tuition scholarships for a four-year course of study at Wesleyan toward a bachelor’s degree for 11 exceptionally able Asian students. One citizen is selected from each of those 11 countries: The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. To qualify, students must be citizens or permanent residents of one of these countries (and not dual U.S. citizens or permanent residents). For more information, please visit the Freeman Scholars page or contact Kora Shin, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission, at
  • Is advanced standing due to AP, IB, or A levels available?
    • Wesleyan will apply towards graduation a maximum of two credits of any kind earned before matriculation by entering first-year students. While a maximum of two credits will be counted toward the Wesleyan degree, all such credits that have been duly approved by Wesleyan departments will be listed on the student’s transcript. This limit applies to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and ‘A’ level exams as well as any college courses taken elsewhere. More information about graduation requirements can be found here.
  • What support systems are in place for international students on Wesleyan’s campus?
    • Wesleyan’s Office of International Student Affairs offers many services and programs to support the international student population including advice on personal and cultural matters, assistance with visas, insurance, career planning, and academic expectations. It is also a resource for general problem solving related to such areas as housing, financial matters, traveling, and emergencies. OISA develops programming and events throughout the year including special orientation for international students.

      Wesleyan also provides support services for students who speak English as a second language through the English Department and the Writing Workshop.

  • What documentation is required for international students applying to Wesleyan?
    • All students apply by completing The Common Application. After completing the application form and sending a $55 processing fee (in U.S. currency), your school should forward a secondary school transcript as well as official copies of test results of any government or centrally administered national college examination. The school transcript should provide a detailed list of courses taken in the final four years of secondary school (or secondary school and junior college), the grades received or evaluation of work for each course, and the student’s rank in the class if available. The information should come directly from the school to Wesleyan, not from the applicant.

      Please note that documents not in English must have a certified English translation attached.

  • Can I receive assistance to help me prepare my application to Wesleyan?
    • Teachers and administrators from an applicant’s current or most recent school attended should complete the Secondary School Report, in order for the Admission Committee to get information about an applicant’s academic work, participation in activities, and role in the school community. A student’s academic record prior to enrolling at Wesleyan is of utmost importance. A student’s transcript should be sent to Wesleyan directly from the student’s school, not from any outside organizations. When translation of any documents is necessary, it must be certified.

      Wesleyan also requires that each applicant’s personal statements and essays be their own work. An essay that is not written by an applicant will disqualify them from consideration. The purpose of the personal statement is for the admission committee to learn more about the applicant’s own ideas, background, and writing ability in English.

      Wesleyan University does not authorize anyone outside of the United States to represent the Office of Admission, not does it establish relationships with persons or organizations that confer preferential treatment in the admission process. Only Wesleyan faculty, staff, and authorized alumni representatives can represent Wesleyan.

  • How will I be notified of my decision? 
    • Wesleyan notifies all applicants electronically for all admission programs.  Instructions on how to view your online decision letter will be sent via e-mail.  Related materials will be mailed to students who are admitted.  For those students whose application is deferred, waitlisted or denied, decisions will be available online only.