• International Students

    We invite you to learn more about life and learning at Worcester State University, an F-1 and J-1 visa-sponsoring institution that has been ranked among the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review for 16 consecutive years. We are located on a beautiful 58-acre residential campus in Worcester, Massachusetts, the second largest city in New England, and one of the state’s most diverse communities. As an international student, you will benefit from our excellent academic programs, outstanding faculty, hands-on opportunities for research and internships, and lifelong relationships with friends and mentors.

    International Undergraduate Students

    The Worcester State student body includes undergraduates from countries around the world who are an active part of campus life. We welcome your interest in choosing WSU for your United States university education. Begin exploring our 60 academic programs and ways our International Programs Office can assist you when you become a part of WSU’s community of international students from 18 countries!

  • International Undergraduate Admission Process

    An international applicant is anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, is not a U.S. permanent resident, and has or is requesting a non-immigrant visa or status. Priority review will be given to international applicants who submit all required documentation prior to April 1 for the fall semester (September entrance).

    First-Year and Transfer Student Applicants:Additional Documents for Transfer Students:
    International Undergraduate Admission Criteria

    Worcester State University is a selective institution looking for students who have attempted a rigorous academic curriculum. All applicants must meet the following criteria

    • Adequate Test of English Language Proficiency: This is required for all applicants whose native language is not English. It can be accomplished by submitting results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (minimum required score: 71) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (minimum required score: 6.0).
    • Additional Accepted English Proficiency Exams: Duolingo Test (minimum required score: 100), Pearson PTE (minimum required score: 50), DAAD (minimum required score: B2), EIKEN (minimum required score: Pre-1), and iTEP (minimum required score: 3.5).

    * Applicants who have received an Associate's degree from a regionally accredited United States college or university are not required to submit an English proficiency exam.

    • Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average: We require a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA from the last institution you attended.
    International Undergraduate Admission Deadlines

    All of the documents listed below must be submitted by the deadlines:

    Fall Semester (September entrance)                     April 1
    Nursing and Occupational Studies (fall only)        January 15 - firm

    No international applicants will be considered for the spring (January entrance) unless:

    • You are currently enrolled in an ESL program in the U.S.*
    • You are currently attending a U.S. college or university.*
    • You currently have a visa status that legally allows you to change to F-1.
    • You were accepted for a previous semester, but deferred attendance due to being refused a visa.

    *If you are an international student who has attended another college or university in the United States, you must forward a copy of your F-1 visa and current I-20 with your application.

    International Undergraduate Scholarships

    International Students are eligible for a merit scholarship up to $15,000 USD ($1,875 per semester for up to eight semesters or upon completion of your degree). Students are automatically considered for a merit scholarship as part of the admissions process and awarding is based on your academic credentials.

    Additional renewal criteria include:

    • Minimum cumulative grade point average of a 2.5 and continued good academic standing as a member of the campus community
    • Full-time undergraduate day-school enrollment, including enrollment in 12 or more day school undergraduate credits, each semester
    • Residency classification as out-of-state for tuition purposes
    International Undergraduate Frequently Asked Questions

    How does Worcester State University define an international student?
    Any student who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered an international student. International students usually need an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States.

    How much does it cost to attend Worcester State University?
    For the 2021-2022 academic year, the following represents an estimated annual cost of attendance, which includes tuition, fees, living expenses, health insurance, and books: Full-time Undergraduate Students - $31,500

    Can I study part time?
    No, international students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F-1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full time, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 12 quarter credits

    Can international students work on campus?
    Yes, according to U.S. law, on-campus employment is the only legal employment for international students.

    How and when do I receive the I-20?
    The International Programs Office will issue a Form I-20 only to those international students who complete the application process by the appropriate deadline, are academically acceptable to the University, satisfactorily submit financial documentation and the Affidavit of Financial Support, and subsequently are issued an official letter of acceptance to Worcester State University signed by the Director of Admissions. The enrollment deposit and required supporting documents found in the acceptance packet are required prior to an I-20 being issued.

    Are there scholarships and financial aid available for international students?
    International students are eligible for a merit scholarship up to $15,000 USD ($1,875 per semester for up to eight semesters or upon completion of degree). Students are automatically considered for a merit scholarship as part of the admission process and awarding is based on academic credentials. However, there are no need-based scholarships or financial aid for international students.

    Are standardized tests required for international students?
    Worcester State is test optional (SAT or ACT) for all first year applicants. As a test optional candidate it is highly encouraged to submit one letter of recommendation and a personal essay. International students are still required to submit the TOEFL, IELTS, DuoLingo English Test, or comparable exam as the primary means for evaluating English-language proficiency.

  • International Graduate Students
    If you have graduated from a college or university and are interested in earning an advanced degree or certificate from a university in the United States, we offer 28 graduate-level programs. You'll be joining graduate students from countries like China, India, and Kenya.

  • International Graduate Admissions Process

    In addition to the Worcester State University Graduate School’s general admissions process, international applicants must submit the following:

    • An online application and $50 USD application fee
    • GRE, MAT, or GMAT score report, depending on the program
    • Official college or university transcript(s) for each institution attended
    • English translation of transcripts if yours are not in English
    • Course-by-course official evaluation of college/university transcript(s)
    • TOEFL or IELTS score report if education was in a language other than English
    • Waiver of Confidential Information Form (optional)
  • Non-Credit English Language Courses
    If you want to improve your English fluency before applying for undergraduate or graduate admission, Worcester State University’s Intensive English Language Institute provides intensive, full-time English language study options for international students to prepare for college entrance in the United States.
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