International Students FAQ
Q: What is your international student enrollment?
Ten percent of our students are citizens of nations other than the United States. Approximately 4 percent come from Canada, most of the remaining 6 percent come from Asia, particularly India, China and Pakistan.
Q: Are there special admission requirements for international students?
Undergraduate Students: You must submit official transcripts, mark sheets or other appropriate records of all secondary and/or university level-grades/marks and descriptions of courses (if available). The recording of grades of one or more colleges or universities upon the transcript of another institution does not meet this requirement. If the educational system is similar to the American system, all courses should be listed with letter grades (A, B, C, D, E) or a comparable grading scale. Where the European system (based on subject fields rather than courses) is used, official records of subjects taken, as well as the results of all examinations taken and based, specifying the level of academic achievement, must also be submitted. In countries where the unit, credit or hours for each course is used (i.e. hours per week), this should also be listed on the academic record. All transcripts must be in native languages (where applicable) and an official English translation of these documents, with official signatures and seals of the issuing institutions, must also be submitted.
Graduate Students: You must complete the equivalent of a US four-year degree, including all state and external/internal examinations required for the degree/diploma. Although a degree in another country may have a similar name to a degree in the United States, this does not necessarily indicate the degree can be accepted as equivalent. Students transferring from other colleges or universities must submit their official transcripts, mark sheets or other appropriate records of all university/college-level coursework. The recording grades from one or more colleges or universities on the transcript of another institution do not meet this requirement. The information you furnish should be complete since additional correspondence will delay the processing of your application. If you have taken any of the examinations listed above, it is your responsibility to ensure that the Office of University Admissions receives all official scores. Without all necessary information, processing of the application will be delayed. You must have sufficient proficiency in English. Prospective students must present official financial support statements showing their sponsors' willingness and ability to pay for tuition, registration fees, books and supplies and living expenses (if applicable) for the anticipated study period at WSU (normally two to four years).
Q: Do Canadian students pay international tuition rates?
Ontario residents pay the same tuition as Michigan residents do as part of our "Good Neighbor" program. For more information on the program, call 1-877-WSU-INFO.
Q: Where can I get information on the TOEFL?
Registration materials for the current testing year are available at the Office of Testing, Evaluation and Research, 698 Student Center Building. Also, you may order registration materials from TOEFL by calling (609) 771-7100 or visit its Website.
Q: How long are TOEFL scores valid?
TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
Q: Are international students eligible for financial aid?
International students are not eligible for financial aid but may be eligible for stipends or research assistantships provided by academic departments.
Q: How do I obtain an I-20 visa?
Once you have been properly admitted to the university, the Office of Admissions will distribute an I-20 to you.
Q: Can I-20s be deferred until the following semester?
I-20s can be deferred for a future semester. When you are admitted for the future semester a new I-20 will be sent.