Center for International Studies
International Graduate Student Admission Requirements
You must answer questions about your academic background and provide demographic information. There is a non-refundable application fee of $30 USD that you must pay by credit card when you apply online. Your application will not be processed until the fee has been paid.
Official academic records
One transcript in English and one in the native language, verified with fresh seals and signatures, need to be sent directly from each school or university attended. An official copy of your degree certificate may be required, if applicable. Select countries may need to submit a WES ICAP evaluation. Our office will notify you if your country is one of those.
Prior to admission to certain programs (Accounting, MBA, Psychology, CSD, LEJA), you must take the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
Additional Supporting Documents
Some departments/schools may require supporting documents in addition to transcripts. Please consult the Checklist of Departmental Requirements.
Declaration of Finances
You must show you have financial resources to pay for your first year of study at Western Illinois University. Your Declaration of Finances verifies that your sponsor will provide financial support for your educational expenses. This form must be signed by you and your sponsor and submitted with an official bank statement.
English Language Proficiency
If you are not a native English speaker, you may take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
We require the following minimum TOEFL scores:
- Internet-based (IBT): 79
- Paper-based (PBT): 550
Official TOEFL scores must be sent to WIU directly from ETS. The institution code for Western Illinois University is 1900. Because English proficiency can change considerably in a relatively short period, scores more than two years old will not be accepted.
For IELTS, a minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required. Official scores need to be sent to Western Illinois University directly from the testing center which administered the test.
Please note: some graduate programs require higher or lower minimum scores for admission.
International applicants who meet all other academic standards for admission but whose TOEFL or IELTS scores do not meet the minimum requirements may be admitted to a degree program on the condition that they attend courses at Western’s English-as-a-Second Language Institute (WESL) at their own expense. Before starting their degree program, the student must improve their English proficiency to the level required to be successful.
You may be exempt from this requirement if you:
- Completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution with four years in residence and within two years of matriculation at Western Illinois University.
Please send a copy of your passport to ensure that we have the correct spelling of your name.