International Students


Admission Requirements

Admission to Webster University is competitive.  Each applicant is reviewed individually to ascertain the fit between prior educational accomplishments and established academic expectations as Webster.  The University believes that success in prior academic work is the best foundation to ensure continued success at Webster.

Students can study at one of the many different Webster University U.S. campus locations.  However, not all of our domestic campuses are eligible to accept international students, and not all degree programs are offered at every campus location. Please click on "authorized campuses" to locate campus locations currently accepting international students. To find out which degree programs are being offered at these campuses, please click here. 

Below is a checklist of items necessary to complete the application process:


Students can apply to Webster University using the University's online application (we also accept the Common Application for freshmen applicants),  Please note an application fee of $35  is required to complete the application.

English Proficiency Scores

Students whose first language is not English are required to submit official English proficiency test scores from a recognized testing company. Webster University accepts a variety of standardized tests that measure English language proficiency. The most common are TOEFL and IELTS.  The minimum scores required for full acceptance to the University are listed below:

  TOEFL  IELTS Pearson
Undergraduate 550 (PBT) 80 (iBT) 6.0 53

Academically qualified students who are not yet proficient in English may be granted ESL-contingent acceptance and be placed into appropriate English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  More information on the ESL program is available here.

Students can also validate English proficiency by demonstrating one or more of the following:

  • First Time Freshmen: Graduated or will graduate from a secondary institution in which the primary medium of instruction was English (as indicated on the transcript or by a letter from the institution's registrar or equivalent school official).
  • Transfer Students:  Completion of at least one academic year of English coursework at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning.
  • All Applicants:  Successful completion of the ELS Language Center's English for Academic Purposes or ELS Language Center Level 112 (must have valid ELS 112 Certificate of Completion).
  • All Applicants:  Successful completion of the University of Central Florida's Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies Intensive English Program (must have valid Certificate of Completion).

Academic Credentials

For the purposes of admissions and transfer credit, an official document is a document that has been sent directly to Webster from the institution you attended.  The official transcript should contain grades for all coursework attempted, confirmation of graduation date (or expected graduation date), and confirmation of degree conferral (unless coursework is still in progress).  Also, if the transcript is not in English, a certified translation of the original transcript must be provided. 

Undergraduate Students: For students applying directly from secondary school, please see here for information on the expected credentials for first-time freshmen to Webster University.  Webster offers advanced standing credit for undergraduate students meeting certain requirements.  For a complete list of advanced standing credit requirements, please see here.


All international applicants are asked to submit a 300-500 word essay on a topic of their choice.  Most students take this opportunity to state why they would like to study at Webster University.  Students may also describe a special area of interest, experience or achievement.  Additionally, students may also submit a resume of relevant academic, extracurricular and professional experience. 

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

All students must submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor and/or employer.  The letters should discuss your character and aptitude for university study.

Certification of Finances

The U.S. government requires proper documentation of finances for students to secure a valid student visa.  Therefore, if accepted, students must demonstrate the ability to finance at least one year of educational expenses at Webster University before a Form I-20 or DS-2019 will be sent.  The certification of finances can come in the form of a bank statement that shows an adequate balance to cover tuition, cost of living expenses, and health insurance.  An accompanying bank letter that indicates the holder of the account and the account holder's good standing with the financial institution is also recommended.  Both of these documents must be dated within 6 months of the applicant's intended term of enrollment. 

For a list of costs for the current academic year, please see our Cost of Attendance/Scholarship information page.