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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Bachelors Degree (After High School)

  • A completed application (open WKU application for admission)
  • Minimum academic requirements: Freshmen: 2.5 GPA / Transfer:* 2.0 GPA
    • *Students with 24 or more earned hours of college credit
  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
    • TOEFL, IBT – 71
    • IELTS – 6.0
    • SAT Critical Reading – 450
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing – 460
    • ELS – Level 109 PTE Academic – 52
    • DuoLingo - 100 DET 
  • $75 non-refundable application fee
  • Official Academic Records from schools attended with grades and any degrees/diplomas/certificates received.  Should also include a literal English translation.
  • Financial Evidence of Support must be provided to obtain an I-20
  • Students transferring from within the US will need to fill out the Transfer-In Form

All necessary documents, including academic records, and proof of English language proficiency, must be received before an admission decision can be made.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

Masters Degree/PHD (After Bachelors Degree)

  • A completed application HERE
  • Official transcripts demonstrating completion of bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university & certified English translation
  • Any additional program requirements (writing samples, resume/vita, etc.)
  • GRE/GMAT scores, if required by program
  • Adequate academic preparation in the field of specialization
  • English proficiency requirements (one of the following):
    • TOEFL, IBT – 79
    • IELTS – 6.5
    • ELS - Level 112
  • $95 non-refundable application fee
  • Financial Evidence of Support must be provided to obtain an I-20
  • Students transferring from within the US will need to fill out the Transfer-In Form

Learn more about our graduate programs and specific requirements HERE

All necessary documents, including academic records, and proof of English language proficiency, must be received before an admission decision can be made.

 

 

ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
*For 2022-2023 Academic Year (10 months) in U.S. Dollars

Tuition - $27,648

Living Expenses - $12,000

Health Insurance - $2,500

Total - $42,148*

LEARN MORE ABOUT SCHOLARSHIPS

Tuition - $17,154

Living Expenses - $12,000

Health Insurance - $2,500

Total - $31,654*


 * Fee structure subject to change.

Financial ability must be demonstrated by providing an official copy of a bank statement showing enough funds for one year of study.  If the bank statement is not your own it must be accompanied by an Affidavit of Support.  E-mail financial evidence of support to applyinternational@wku.edu.

Persons receiving a scholarship may demonstrate financial ability by sending an original or certified copy of the award letter, including the amount of the scholarship or the expenses it covers. Additional mandatory fees apply depending on student’s registrations; students can expect cost of attendance to rise by each year of enrollment.

NOTE: Tuition and fees are also subject to change as are scholarship award amounts. For more details on student fees and tuition visit  WKU Bursar's office.  


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Along with our traditional programs of study, WKU also offers an International Pathway to Academic Success (IPAS). The IPAS program is designed to facilitate international student success in several ways:

  • Exclusive courses designed for first-year international students
  • Dedicated faculty with a commitment to international student learning
  • Co-curricular support such as tutoring and academic workshops
  • Enrichment experiences to introduce students to life and study in the United States

IPAS participation is offered at no additional cost, and all courses will count toward a WKU degree for full academic credit. Enrollment in IPAS will last for one or two semesters depending on the academic needs of each student.

 

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Minimum performance requirements have been determined for students educated in the following countries. If your country is not listed, please send us an email with the name of your country, whether you are applying as a freshmen or transfer.

 Country (A-K)

 Country (M-Z)

Bahamas

Malaysia

Bangladesh

Myanmar

 Bolivia

Nepal 

 Brazil

Nigeria

Canada

Pakistan

China

Panama

Colombia

Peru

Ecuador

Qatar

Ghana

Saudi Arabia 

Honduras

Singapore

Hong Kong

 South Korea

India

Thailand

Indonesia

Turkey

Iran 

Uganda

Japan

United Arab Emirates

Kazakhstan

United Kingdom

Kenya

 Vietnam

Kuwait

 

 

The International Admissions Office completes in-house evaluations of all international credentials and coursework. If a student has attended an educational institution within the U.S., official documents must be sent directly from the institution to WKU. Students may provide a color scan of credentials earned outside the U.S. While an admission decision can be made based upon scanned documents, students are required to present official documents to the International Admissions Office upon arrival to campus. Consulates & embassies often serve as a resource for the attestation of educational documents.

Applicants from Chinese institutions may request and submit official transcripts directly through CHESICC (China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center). Requests are processed by CHESICC and will be sent electronically to the WKU International Admissions office. You will not need to submit a paper copy of your transcript. Go here to get started.

Please note: If altered or fraudulent documents are submitted, students will be ineligible for admission and WKU will notify the issuing board and/or institution.  WKU reserves the right to request evaluation by a third independent party before an admission decision is made.

How to Submit Official Transcripts

For the quickest processing time, please upload your scanned documents HERE.

International students may also submit scanned copies of official transcripts/mark sheets/certificate via e-mail or paper documents by postal service. Please send scanned documents by e-mail to applyinternational@wku.edu. Paper documents may be sent to the following address:

Western Kentucky University
International Admissions Office
1906 College Heights Blvd. # 11066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1020 USA

For the quickest processing time, please upload your scanned documents HERE.

International students may also submit scanned copies of official transcripts/mark sheets/certificate via e-mail or paper documents by postal service. Please send scanned documents by e-mail to applyinternational@wku.edu.  Paper documents may be sent to the following address:

Western Kentucky University
International Admissions Office
1906 College Heights Blvd. # 11066
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1020 USA

If your official transcript is not in English, you must have the document translated before the Admissions office can process your application.  English translations of transcripts/certificates/diplomas must be provided by a certified translation service or the embassy/consulate of the document's issuing country.

The following standards will apply to English translations:

  • All information listed on the document must be translated verbatim
  • All translations must be prepared using the same format as the original document
  • No interpretation or evaluation of information should be included
  • All translations must be typed, signed and dated by the translator
  • Contact information for the translator must be listed, including address, phone and fax number, and e-mail address

English Translations of Syllabi

An international transfer student may submit an official English translation of course descriptions and syllabi or the student may submit a personal translation of course descriptions and syllabi. All personal translations must be notarized or the translation will not be accepted.

Secondary educational systems vary across the globe. The United States has a 12-year secondary educational system. Many countries have 10, 11, or 13-year secondary educational systems. If you have attended school in a country where the secondary system differs from the United States, you may be eligible for admission. Each undergraduate admissions application is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

All international students must submit a transcript(s) from all tertiary institution(s) attended.  Failure to disclose all previously attended institutions could result in being ineligible for admission to WKU. The International Admissions office will perform a course-by-course evaluation of the transcript(s), including GPA calculation, for admission purposes. Upon admission, a general transcript evaluation is conducted to determine the amount of transfer credit to be awarded.  Most credits will be applied as transfer electives.

After a student has been admitted, the Transfer Center will perform a course-by-course articulation to determine which credits may be applied to the student’s degree program. In order to be awarded credit for upper-level courses, students must submit a course description or syllabus for each upper-level course to the appropriate department for review.

To see if equivalencies already exist, please visit: How Will My Credits Transfer.  You can also view our Policy for International Transfer Students.

Option 1:  Exemption for Exchange Visitors from English-speaking Countries

Exchange Visitors from countries in which English is an official language may be exempted from the requirement to submit documentation of English language proficiency.

Option 2:  English Language Tests

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Degree-seeking J-1 Exchange Visitors:  71 Internet-based test
  • Non-degree seeking J-1 Exchange Visitors:  40 Internet-based test

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • Degree-seeking J-1 Exchange Visitors:  6.0
  • Non-degree seeking J-1 Exchange Visitors:  5.0

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE – Academic)

  • Degree-seeking J-1 Exchange Visitors:  52

SAT

  • Critical Reading Score of 450

Option 3:  English Language Programs

  • ESLi Completion
  • ELS Language Centers – Completion of Level 109 Minimum

Option 4:  Signed Documentation from an Academic Institution

For exchange agreements created before July 1, 2016, the designated exchange coordinator at the partner institution may submit a signed letter confirming that in their professional opinion the exchange visitor’s language ability meets or exceeds the minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

Option 5:  English Course Completion at a WKU Partner Institution

The Exchange Visitor submits official transcripts from their home institution which shows their completion of two semesters of English courses with a passing grade of “C” or better. 

Option 6:  Secondary School Completion at an Institution with English Instruction

The Exchange Visitor submits official transcripts from an institution in which English is the language of instruction.  

WKU offers several scholarship options for international students. Learn more about our costs and funding options HERE.

 


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