| ADMISSIONS | International Students
Fulfill your academic goals.
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.
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!
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).
Worcester State University is a selective institution looking for students who have attempted a rigorous academic curriculum. All applicants must meet the following criteria
* 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.
All of the documents listed below must be submitted by the deadlines:Fall Semester (September entrance) April 1Nursing and Occupational Studies (fall only) January 15 - firm
No international applicants will be considered for the spring (January entrance) unless:
*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 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:
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.
addition to the Worcester State University Graduate School’s general admissions process, international
applicants must submit the following:
Shaughnessy Administration Building
486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602
CONTACT US Graduate SchoolShaughnessy Administration BuildingSuite A-248508-929-8127508-929-8100 (fax)firstname.lastname@example.org