International Students

As an international student, you are a vital part of our College’s campus community. By choosing 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.

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; By choosing 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 to have you!

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Admissions Requirements

Students are admitted to WC on the basis of scholastic achievement, personal characteristics and overall potential for success in a collegiate environment.

Learn more below 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:

  • Complete High School Transcript and/or Final exam results
  • SAT/ACT Standardized Test Scores or IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/Duolingo English Test Proficiency Results or Test-Optional Form (See English Proficiency Exams Below for Test-Optional International Policy)
  • Letter of Recommendation from a High School Guidance Counselor, Teacher, or School Administrator
  • Personal Essay
  • Resume (optional)
  • Official College Transcript (Students enrolled in a foreign higher education institution must submit a course by course evaluation by one of our approved agencies  as well as descriptions of the topics covered in each course taken. We will use these documents to assess how many credits will be transferred.)
  • IELTS/TOEFL/Duolingo English Test/ PTE scores (see below)
  • Personal Essay
  • Professor Recommendation
  • Resume (optional)
  • Registrar's Report (Required only for Student's transferring from U.S. higher education institutions)

International applicants who are non-native speakers of English must show English Proficiency as per admission and student visa requirements. Washington College accepts the following exams:

English Proficiency Exam

Minimum required score





Duolingo English Test




Note: We can also accept SAT or ACT scores instead of these English Proficiency exams. International students from countries such as the English-speaking islands of the caribbean including Belize and Guyana, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe,  Malawi,  Ghana,  Rwanda and Sudan where the official language is English and whose cumulative GPA is a 3.5 and above may be allowed to apply test optional  at the discretion of your  admissions counselor.

For students who do NOT meet our minimum required English Proficiency scores, Washington College has a partnership with LADO International Institute. By studying at LADO you can enjoy:

  • A TOEFL and IELTS waiver if you satisfy the LADO requirements
  • The best English preparation program possible on your way to university

If you meet the following requirements at the LADO International Institute, your TOEFL score requirement will be waived in your application 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.
  • Receive a recommendation letter from the Director of the center.
  • Submit their transcript from LADO. 


 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 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 

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 Take a glance at what WC can offer

  • 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.

Financing Your Education

While Washington College does not offer full tuition scholarships or need based aid to international students, every international applicant who qualifies for admission is automatically considered for a Colin Ferguson Tuition Grant.

These grants range from $18,000 to $30,000 annually and are offered on the basis of scholastic achievement. We consider academic records, the admission essay and letters of recommendation in determining whether to award a Ferguson Grant.

Admitted students will also be nominated for departmental scholarships which range from $1500-$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:

Visit our Tuition & Aid page for more information

Additional Fees

To ensure that all of our International Students (including Visiting/Exchange Students) have adequate insurance coverage while in the US, you will be required to purchase our student health insurance policy.  

Annual Rate for 20/21- $1617

Visit Health & Counseling Services for more information

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