International Applicants

Worcester State welcomes qualified international applicants. No international applicants will be considered for the Spring semester unless:

  • They are currently enrolled in an ESL program in the U.S.
  • They are currently attending a U.S. college or university.
  • They currently have a visa status that legally allows them to change to F-1.
  • They were accepted for a previous semester but deferred attendance due to being refused a visa.

All of the documents listed below must be submitted before April 1 for the Fall semester (January 15 for Fall only Nursing - BSN and Occupational Studies Majors) and before November 15 for the Spring semester. 

  • Official high school/secondary school transcripts or national exam reports accompanied by formal evaluation by a professional evaluating agency. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.
  • Official college or university transcripts accompanied by a course-by-course formal evaluation by a professional evaluating agency in the U.S. (for courses taken outside the U.S.).
  • Official English proficiency examination results must be submitted to Worcester State University directly from the testing agency, for all applicants who have studied in a country where English is not the native language.  Examinations and minimum scores accepted by Worcester State University can be found below.  For additional information, please contact the WSU Admissions Office at 508-929-8040 or the WSU Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) at 508-929-8031.
    • IBT TOEFL                 71
    • IELTS                          6.0
    • Pearson PTE              50
    • Duolingo                     100
    • DAAD                          B2
    • EIKEN                         Pre-1
    • iTEP                            3.5
  • Applicants who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university are not required to submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or a comparable test score report.
  • Standardized test scores like the SAT or ACT are no longer required.  Students may opt-in to our test optional policy, in which it is highly recommended to submit a personal essay to support your application.
  • Completed and notarized WSU Financial Affidavit form with appropriate backup documentation, all educational expenses incurred while at Worcester State for one academic year (currently a minimum of $32,200 U.S. dollars1).
  • A copy of the identification page of the student's passport.
  • International applicants, who have attended another college or university or secondary school in the U.S., must forward a copy of their Form I-20 with their application.

Transcripts and other documents submitted in languages other than English must be accompanied by an English translation and course-by-course evaluation (if applicable) from a recognized agency or organization. For a list of approved evaluating agencies, please contact the Admissions Office. Students wishing to transfer in credit completed at a non-U.S. institution must be prepared to submit a course description and/or syllabus to the appropriate department chair in order to be granted credit.

Worcester State will not issue a Form I-20 to international applicants until the admissions deposit is paid. The admissions deposit deadline for the Fall semester is May 1st. There will be no exceptions to this deadline.


Subject to change