Graduate School

International Students

All foreign nation students must provide evidence of visa status and F-visa students must have an I-20 form on file with the Admissions Office.

Students are encouraged to work with the International Student Coordinator for assistance with Visas and any other questions.

International Student Services Website

All international transcripts must be evaluated by WES.

English Language Requirements

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must pass Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based or a receive a 6.0 academic IELTS score unless they possess a baccalaureate degree from a college or university in which instruction is given in English. Tests taken more than two (2) years prior to the date of application cannot be accepted.

Western reserves the right to assess the quality of your English in addition to your TOEFL score (even if you come from an English speaking country) and require that you participate in the Intensive English Program (IEP) if necessary.

NOTE: International students have earlier application deadlines because of the need to secure a visa. July 15th is the absolute latest date to apply for Fall admission. October 15th is the latest date for January admission. All required documents must be submitted by these deadlines to allow adequate time for review by the Admissions Office staff and graduate program admission committees. International students are also not eligible for a Visa for online programs, however, you can take the online programs from your native country.

Required Exams

Students are only required to complete ONE of the following exams below.


Register for TOEFL

Order your TOEFL results

Code: 6625


Register for the IELTS

Order your IELTS results

Academic Advising

Students on F-1 and J-1 student visas have certain academic and credit hour requirements they must comply with to stay legal.  Please review the document below before advising international students.  If you have any questions, please contact International Student Services.

Academic Guidelines for International Students

Teaching Assistantships

In order to comply with Missouri Statute 170.012, Western policy is that graduate students whose primary language is not English are not allowed to be instructors in any courses.

Out of State Tuition

All students attending on a F class student visa are required to pay out-of-state tuition and are not eligible to file a petition for in-state status.