Applying From Outside The United States

Wesleyan is one of the most highly selective institutions in the United States, and admission is competitive, with over 13,000 applicants. Applicants are expected to have a strong secondary school preparation in English, social science, science, mathematics, and a foreign language. Candidates studying at schools outside the US who have taken national examinations for university admission (A levels, French Baccalaureate, ISC, International Baccalaureate, etc.) are expected to have achieved superior results. A high degree of proficiency in English, as described below, must also be demonstrated. Wesleyan provides support services for students who speak English as a second language through the English Department and the Writing Workshop.

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.

Application Type Application Deadline Notification Date
Early Decision I November 15 mid December
Early Decision II January 1 mid February
Regular Decision January 1 late March
Fall Transfer March 15 mid May
Freeman Scholar Program January 1 late March


The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program provides full scholarships for a four-year course of study at Wesleyan toward a bachelor’s degree for exceptionally able students from Asia with demonstrated financial need.  Citizens of The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam are eligible to be considered for the scholarship.  To qualify, students must be citizens or permanent residents of one of these countries (and not dual U.S. citizens or permanent residents). Transfer applicants are not eligible for the Freeman Asian Scholarship.

International students who are not citizens of one of the countries included in the Freeman Asian Scholars Program can apply for need-based financial aid, which is available to all other international students. While spaces in each class for international students seeking financial aid are extremely limited, Wesleyan meets full demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.


Wesleyan does not require students (regardless of citizenship) who study outside the US at an American curriculum high school or who can present predicted or actual results of IB, A level, or other national, standardized, subject-based examinations at the time of application to submit SAT/ACT scores. We do however, recommend all other students in schools outside the US submit SAT or ACT results as these tests may provide additional information when assessing their applications. If you have taken the SAT or ACT, then we encourage you to submit the scores; however, if you opt not to share your results the admission committee will still be able to make an informed decision on your candidacy. We will accept self-reported scores from the application or via your school.

If actual or predicted results for national, standardized, subject-based examinations are available, we ask that they be submitted by the student's school with the School Report. Students in an IB curriculum are expected to submit any predicted and actual IB subject results when available. Actual results must be submitted after matriculation as soon as they become available.


English Proficiency Testing is not a requirement to complete your application for admission review. As a result, we provide no waivers for English Proficiency Testing. However, at Wesleyan, English is the language of instruction; we do not offer remedial English courses; and the curriculum is reading and writing intensive. Regardless of citizenship, candidates considered competitive for admission must adequately demonstrate English proficiency. If English is NOT your first language and you live outside the US, you can demonstrate proficiency through one of the following accepted tests:

Exam Minimum expected score
TOEFL (in person or at home) 100
IELTS (in person or Indicator) 7.0
SAT 700 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
ACT 29 Reading and English section scores or English and Language Arts (ELA) combined score
Duolingo English Test 120
Cambridge English Assessment 190 (C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency)

While Wesleyan is test-optional for most applicants, please note that if you wish to submit your SAT or ACT as proof of English proficiency, you must submit the entire test. All sections of the SAT or ACT, not just the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section on the SAT or English and Reading sections of the ACT, will be used in evaluating your application. If you plan to use this option to demonstrate English proficiency, you must select "SAT" or "ACT" as your test to be considered on the Common/Coalition Application when applying to Wesleyan.

In addition to SAT and ACT, Wesleyan will accept self-reported English proficiency test scores documented on the application. Official scores will be required upon matriculation and must be received by July 1st. It’s preferred for scores from tests taken after the submission of the application to be sent directly from the testing agency; however, we will consider screenshots emailed to:

We understand that opportunities for in-person English proficiency testing may be limited at this time. Because we provide a number of options for online English proficiency testing, we will continue to highly recommend that students living outside the US for whom English is not their first language submit testing as proof of English proficiency.


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.

  • Expenses and Financial Aid

    Tuition and required fees for first-year students in 2021-2022 are $61,749. The average student budget for all costs, not including transportation but including room, board, and personal expenses, is $81,945.

    Wesleyan and US federally sponsored financial aid are available to US citizens and permanent residents. Financial aid for non-US citizens or permanent residents, however, is extremely limited and is awarded on the basis of both exceptional qualifications and demonstrated need. We expect to offer financial assistance to approximately 30 international citizens from a pool of approximately 1100 international applicants applying for financial aid. 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. No financial aid is available for international transfer students.

    Non - US citizens/permanent residents living outside the United States and applying for aid are required to file the College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile.  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.

    If financial aid is NOT needed, international students must submit documentation verifying sufficient personal resources or outside scholarships to meet the expense of four years at Wesleyan at the time of application. Please use the International Student Certification of Finances form. Click here for instructions on how to complete the form. 

    For more information, visit the Financial Aid website.

  • Early Decision for International Citizens
    While Wesleyan does not prohibit international citizens applying for financial aid from applying in either round of Early Decision, please note that due to the highly selective nature of our selection process for those students, it is unlikely that we will offer an international citizen seeking financial aid admission in Early Decision. Most Early Decision applicants who are international citizens seeking financial aid will be deferred to the Regular Decision round for consideration with the entire applicant pool. Students applying for the Freeman Asian Scholarship (applicants applying for financial aid who are citizens or permanent residents of China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, or Singapore) should NOT apply in Early Decision as applicants for the scholarship will only be considered in the Regular Decision round. International citizens NOT seeking financial aid may apply for and be considered in both Early Decision rounds.
  • Credits/Advanced Standing

    College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations: The University will grant first-year students up to two credits for a score of 4 or 5 received on an AP examination, provided that they then take at least one upper-level course in the appropriate department at Wesleyan.

    International Baccalaureate (IB): Students with superior results on their IB Higher Level may be awarded up to two credits by the appropriate department of the University. Some departments award credit for scores of 5 or better, others require a score of at least 6. Most departments will award this credit only after students take an upper-level course in that subject at Wesleyan. All students with IB diplomas are admitted as first-year students.

    British ‘A’ Levels: Students with superior ‘A’ level results may petition the appropriate department of the University for up to two credits (the equivalent of two semester courses) for an ‘A’ level passed.

    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 Students who have spent a year or more studying at a university should apply as transfer candidates.

  • Visa Information

    Wesleyan supports international undergraduate, graduate and visiting scholar students who hold a F1 or J1 visa by providing immigration services before arrival to campus and during their stay at the university.

    To learn more about visa and immigration services at Wesleyan click here.

  • Interviews

    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 arrange a campus visit as soon as your travel itinerary is definite.  If you cannot visit campus, you may be able to schedule an interview with an alumnus/a representative in your area from mid-August through December. We may also offer interviews via Skype if you are unable to schedule another type of interview.  Prospective students may interview only once, either on- or off-campus or virtually, and not before June of their junior year.

    Given the limited availability of alumni interviews outside the US, 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 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.

  • Special Statement About the Use of Agents

    Teachers and administrators from an applicant’s current or most recent school attended should complete the 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 application 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 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.


Candidates with questions about undergraduate admission should contact intladmission@wesleyan.eduQuestions regarding graduate admission should be sent directly to the appropriate department. Visit Wesleyan’s home page often for updated calendars of campus events, our course book, alumni in the news, and more. 

Wesleyan University is fully committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.