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Undergraduate Admissions

International Admission

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Undergraduate Admissions

Address:
Messikomer Hall (Admissions Office)
100 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383


Office Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm


Phone: 610-436-3411
Fax: 610-436-2907
Email: ugadmiss@wcupa.edu

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International Admission

International students are required to submit their application and all supporting documents to the Office of Admissions six months prior to the anticipated semester of enrollment.

Freshman Applicants

International applicants who have not enrolled in any postsecondary institution since graduating high school should apply as freshmen.

How to Apply

Apply Online*
  1. Pay a $45 non-refundable application fee online by credit card. If you are eligible to use an application fee waiver, please refer to the WCU Fee Waiver Policy.
  2. Complete the application for admission, including the personal statement.
  3. Submit a credential evaluation for your studies via a NACES-approved company, a few of which are listed below*, including subjects listed and marks earned from the following acceptable evaluation services:

    *The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at West Chester University is not in a position to evaluate qualifications undertaken by students outside of the United States. Therefore, please arrange for a course-by-course credential evaluation of your previous studies be completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member. Here is full list of NACES-approved evaluation companies. Each company has its own requirements and guidelines, so once you select a company to use, you will need to follow their instructions. Please note: It is the student's responsibility to contact one of the approved credential evaluation services, as well as to pay for the translation services. Applications will not be considered without this information.

  4. Proof of English language proficiency via one of the following options:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
      Applicants must score a minimum of 80 on the internet based test (ibt), a minimum of 550 on the written test or a minimum of a 213 on the computer based test. SAT or ACT scores can also be submitted and will be considered as a supplement to the TOEFL. The TOEFL institution code for West Chester University is 2659.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
      Applicants must receive an overall IELTS score at band 6.0 or above, and minimum scores of 6.0 for speaking, listening, reading and writing are preferred.
    • Completion of ELS Level 112
      WCU is proud to partner with ELS Language Centers to offer conditional admission to eligible students. Once ELS Level 112 is successfully completed, enrollment at WCU as a degree-seeking student is possible.
  5. Applicants who have taken the SAT or ACT must arrange for official scores to be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Attention Education Majors: In order to become certified as a teacher in Pennsylvania, you must be a US citizen or US permanent resident.

*It is the applicant's responsibility to supply the Office of Admissions with the necessary documents to complete their application. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to withdraw an application if the required information is not received.

Transfer Applicants

International applications who have been enrolled in any postsecondary institution(s), and/or have attended West Chester University as a non-degree student after graduating from high school, should apply as transfers.

How to Apply

Apply Online*
  1. Pay a $45 non-refundable application fee online by credit card. If you are eligible to use an application fee waiver, please refer to the WCU Fee Waiver Policy.
  2. Complete the application for admission including the personal statement.
  3. Submit a credential evaluation for your studies via a NACES-approved company, a few of which are listed below, including subjects listed and marks earned from the following acceptable evaluation services:

    *The Office of Undergraduate Admissions at West Chester University is not in a position to evaluate qualifications undertaken by students outside of the United States. Therefore, please arrange for a course-by-course credential evaluation of your previous studies be completed by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member. Here is full list of NACES-approved evaluation companies. Each company has its own requirements and guidelines, so once you select a company to use, you will need to follow their instructions.

    Please note: It is the student's responsibility to contact one of the approved credential evaluation services, as well as to pay for the translation services. Applications will not be considered without this information.

  4. Students who have completed at least 30 academic credits at a US college or university only need to provide a credential evaluation of foreign credentials if postsecondary education was pursued outside of the US. High school level study does not need to be evaluated if at least 30 credits have been completed at a US higher education institution.
  5. Proof of English language proficiency via one of the following options:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
      Applicants must score a minimum of 80 on the internet based test (ibt), a minimum of 550 on the written test or a minimum of a 213 on the computer based test. SAT or ACT scores can also be submitted and will be considered as a supplement to the TOEFL. The TOEFL institution code for West Chester University is 2659.
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service)
      Applicants must receive an overall IELTS score at band 6.0 or above, and minimum scores of 6.0 for speaking, listening, reading and writing are preferred.
    • Completion of ELS Level 112
      WCU is proud to partner with ELS Language Centers to offer conditional admission to eligible students. Once ELS Level 112 is successfully completed, enrollment at WCU as a degree-seeking student is possible.
  6. If applicable, students who have taken the SAT or ACT and have fewer than 30 college-level credits should arrange for official scores to be sent to the Office of Admissions.
  7. Applicants who have college credits from US institutions must arrange for all official transcripts to be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Attention Education Majors: In order to become certified as a teacher in Pennsylvania, you must be a US citizen or US permanent resident.

*It is the applicant's responsibility to supply the Office of Admissions with the necessary documents to complete their application. The Office of Admissions reserves the right to withdraw an application if the required information is not received.

Program of Study Special Notes

  • Criminal Justice:
    Transfer students applying for the BS Criminal Justice program offered at our Philadelphia location must select BS Criminal Justice (Philadelphia). For additional information, please visit the Criminal Justice website.
  • Education:
    Transfer students applying to BSED Early Grades Preparation PK-4, BSED Early Grades Preparation PK-4/Special Education PK-8, BSED Middle Grades Preparation 4-8, or BSED Middle Grades Preparation 4-8/Special Education PK-8 must have 27 completed college level credits to be considered for admission. Applicants who have, or will have, 48 or more completed credits when beginning at WCU are also required to have a passing PAPA score. All applicants to Education programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above to be eligible for consideration.
  • Health Sciences BS: General:
    Only students who have completed an associate degree or certificate program in such areas as dental hygiene, occupational therapy, medical technology, cardiovascular technology, or alternative/complementary medicine are eligible to apply.
  • Liberal Studies BA/BS:
    Only transfer students who have completed at least 32, but no more than 80, semester hours of credit are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants will meet with an adviser to determine which liberal studies track (arts and sciences or science and mathematics) is appropriate.
  • Nursing:
    Applicants must be a registered nurse to be eligible to apply for the RN to BSN program. To be eligible to apply for the ADVANCE 2 BSN Accelerated Second Degree program, applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in another subject and receive a 70% or better on the TEAS V exam. For additional information, please visit the Nursing website.
  • Pre-Major (Undeclared):
    Students who will have earned more than 45 credits prior to transferring are not eligible to apply for the Pre-Major (Undeclared) program.
  • Social Work:
    Students who will have earned more than 45 credits prior to transferring are not eligible to apply for the Social Work program offered at main campus. Transfer students applying for the BSW Social Work program offered at our Philadelphia location must select BSW Social Work (Philadelphia transfers only). Only core coursework requirements for Social Work will be offered at the Philadelphia location. For additional information, please visit the Social Work website.
  • BSN Nursing & BS Athletic Training:
    Transfer students are not eligible to apply for the BSN Nursing or BS Athletic Training programs.

Non-FAFSA Based Merit Scholarship

Though international students are not eligible for US government financial aid programs and cannot file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), some freshman merit scholarships offered by West Chester University do not require FAFSA submission. In order to be considered for non-FAFSA based merit scholarships, students should apply for admission early in the fall of their senior year and be accepted no later than January 15th. Applicants eligible for scholarship consideration will be notified with further information.

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