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Washington College is home to approximately 128 international students from around the world, as well as a number of students who hold dual citizenship between the U.S. and another country. As an international student, you are a vital part of our College’s campus community. Having chosen Washington College, you are joining a vibrant campus community that benefits from the plurality of views and ideas that you bring from your home country and culture. We welcome you to Washington College—we are so happy you chose us! See our viewbook here.
International Student Services
- Full orientation at the start of both the fall and spring semesters in collaboration with Student Affairs.
- Advising by full time staff, as well as International Peer Mentors, in areas of academic, social, personal and cultural adjustment.
- Opportunities for cultural exchange on-campus and within the community through the Cultural Ambassadors Program and the International Student & Community Mentor Program.
- Immigration Services: Collaboration with the U.S. Department of State (SEVIS) to initiate immigration process. Advising on employment, travel, and other matters which affect immigration status.
- On-campus events hosted by the Global Education Office and other clubs and organizations such as the International Relations Club, Language Clubs, and the I-House Council (East Hall).
- Local and regional trips that enhance the cultural experience of the international students. Past trips have included Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York City, Williamsburg, and local trips to bowl, shop, and go pumpkin picking.
Learn more about the 45 Academic Programs offered at WC on the academics page.
Students are admitted to WC on the basis of scholastic achievement, personal characteristics and overall potential for success in a collegiate environment.
Learn more about the requirements and checklist items you need as an international student interested in attending Washington College.
To ensure a thorough review of your application for admission to WC, make sure we have the following items:
International First-Year Application Requirements:
- Transcript and/or Final exam results
- SAT/ACT/IELTS/TOEFL scores (see below)
- Counselor/ Teacher recommendation
- Resume (optional)
- Personal essay
International Transfer Requirements:
- Official College Transcript (Students enrolled in a foreign higher education institution must submit a course by course evaluation by one of our approved agencies.)
- Personal essay
- Professor Recommendation
- Resume (optional)
International applicants who are non-native speakers of English must present a TOEFL score of 79. For information about the TOEFL exam, test dates, and test sites visit the TOEFL website.
Note: We can also accept scores of 6.5 or better from the IELTS exam and SAT scores at the discretion of your admissions counselor instead of TOEFL scores.
For students who do meet our minimum required English Proficiency scores, Washington College has a partnership with LADO International Institute. By studying at LADO you could enjoy:
- A TOEFL and IELTS waiver if you satisfy the LADO requirements
- Special application processing times, enabling you to apply to several universities later than other students
- Help in preparing your application from a professional LADO advisor
- The best English preparation program possible on your way to university
At the end of the program if you meet the following requirements, you will be fully admitted to Washington College. Students must:
- Have a final grade of at least 85% in levels 9 and 10
- Receive a recommendation letter from an upper level teacher at LADO; and
- Submit their transcript from LADO
Conditionally Admitted Students can participate in our Summer Program with LADO
Spend the summer learning English with other international students at Washington College in charming and historic Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Our summer program has small, personable, student-centered English classes that attract learners from around the world. Our teachers are trained to guide students to be successful in attaining their academic goals.
Upon successful completion of LADO's program, the TOEFL requirement for admission will be waived for students who are conditionally accepted to Washington College.
- A rigorous academic curriculum
- Textbooks and materials
- Technology-equipped classrooms
- Private and/or small group tutorials
- Engaging Instructors from LADO International Institute & Washington College
- Classes to attend at LADO International Institute’s DC Center
- Excursions to museums and attractions in Washington, DC
- Meals in Washington College campus cafeteria
- Airport pick-up by Washington College
- Housing with international students at Washington College
- Social weekend excursions with Washington College staff
Price: 7 week program- $7,000 includes housing, meal plan, materials and activities
All international students that study in the United States need a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status.” After you have been admitted and paid your enrollment deposit, you will need to submit the following documents to receive your I-20 so that you can schedule your visa appointment:
- Certificate of Finances should be notarized by an official notary or bank official
- Copy of your Passport
- Bank Statement
How to Fill Out the International Student Certification of Finances
- Fill out Sections 1 – 6, according to your personal information.
- For Section 7, check off the visa you expect to receive in order to matriculate at the university. In almost all cases, this will be the F-1 student visa or J1 exchange visitor visa.
- Section 8 is divided into four parts: Personal or Family Savings (Please note that stocks, bonds and personal property accounts are not acceptable as proof of family savings), Parents, Sponsors, or your Government. You will need to fill out the section(s) that apply to your specific case, according to the sources that will be providing the annual monetary support. Enter amounts in U.S. dollars.
- Fill out Section 9 – 16 accordingly, and to the best of your knowledge. Note: Section 12 asks that you indicate how you will pay for your transportation to the States. In most cases, students will be getting the funds from parents or savings.
- In Section 17, fill out your signature and the date you filled out the form. A parent’s signature and your signature are both REQUIRED in the appropriate places on the form.
All international students are considered for merit-based scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 annually. Admitted students will also be nominated for departmental scholarships which range $1000-$5000 a year which you can receive in addition to your admissions scholarship. Washington College has also partnered with the following scholarship organizations from different regions around the world: