Applying From Outside The United States

Wesleyan is one of the most highly selective institutions in the United States, and admission is competitive, with around 12,000 applicants. Applicants are expected to have a strong secondary school preparation in English, social science, science, mathematics, and a foreign language. Candidates studying at schools outside the US who have taken national examinations for university admission (A levels, Abitur, French Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, etc.) are expected to have achieved superior results. A high degree of proficiency in English, as described below, is also required to be demonstrated. Wesleyan provides support services for students who speak English as a second language through the English Department and the Writing Workshop.

All students applying for undergraduate admission who have not yet attended a university for one full year will be considered applicants to the first-year class. Those who have completed a year or more at a university will be considered transfer applicants. Please note that students may not discount credit to be considered first-year students.

Application TypeApplication DeadlineNotification Date
Regular Decision January 1 late March
Transfer Fall March 15 mid May
Transfer Spring November 1 mid December
Freeman Scholar Program January 1 late March


The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholars Program provides full tuition scholarships for a four-year course of study at Wesleyan toward a bachelor’s degree for 11 exceptionally able Asian students. One citizen is selected from each of those 11 countries and regions: The People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. To qualify, students must be citizens or permanent residents of one of these countries (and not dual U.S. citizens or permanent residents). Transfer applicants are not eligible for the Freeman Asian Scholarship.


Applicants regardless of citizenship attending schools outside the US and Canada are not required to submit SAT or ACT test results if actual or predicted results for national, standardized, subject-based examinations such as the 'A' levels, French Baccalaureat, ISC, German Abitur, etc. are submitted by the student's school. Both actual and predicted results would be preferred in cases where both are available. Students in an IB curriculum are expected to submit any predicted or actual IB exam results. Applicants in the People's Republic of China, where the SAT is not available, are exempt from this requirement. Students in high schools outside of the US and Canada that follow an American curriculum are not required to submit SAT or ACT. If a student in high school outside the US and Canada cannot present any of the above external exams and is not enrolled in an American curriculum, then they will be required to submit ACT or the SAT and two SAT Subject Tests.  Actual exam results should be submitted after matriculation for all students. The test-optional policy does not apply to tests of English proficiency. 


Students whose first language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or alternatively, the academic modules of the International English Language Testing System examination (IELTS). Students should receive a score that demonstrates sufficient proficiency in the English language to function well in a highly demanding academic environment. A score around or higher than 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL test or a minimum of “7” on the IELTS would be evidence of adequate English language ability. A 650 or higher critical reading section of the old SAT or a 700 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the new SAT demonstrates the necessary English language proficiency and can be used to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Roughly equivalent ACT reading and English scores may also be used to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement upon request.

We do not accept any alternative proof of English proficiency, including but not limited to AP English, A-level English, IB English A or B, or primary instruction in English for any length of time. The TOEFL, IELTS, or 650 on the old SAT critical reading section or a 700 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section of the new SAT (or roughly equivalent ACT scores) are the only proofs of English proficiency we can accept. Please note that if you submit your SAT/ACT as proof of English proficiency, you must submit all sections of the SAT/ACT, not just the critical reading section. If you plan to use this option, you must select “SAT” or “ACT” as your test to be considered on the Common Application when applying to Wesleyan.

All standardized examinations must be taken by the end of January. (Freeman Asian Scholarship applicants must take these exams by January 1.)


Wesleyan’s Office of International Student Affairs offers many services and programs to support the international student population including advice on personal and cultural matters, assistance with visas, insurance, career planning, and academic expectations. It is also a resource for general problem solving related to such areas as housing, financial matters, traveling, and emergencies. OISA develops programming and events throughout the year including special orientation for international students.

  • Expenses and Financial Aid

    Tuition and required fees for first-year students in 2017-2018 are $52,474. The average student budget for all costs, not including transportation but including room, board, and personal expenses, is $67,000.

    Wesleyan and US federally sponsored financial aid are available to US citizens and permanent residents. Financial aid for non-US citizens or permanent residents, however, is extremely limited and is awarded on the basis of both exceptional qualifications and demonstrated need. In addition to the 11 Freeman Asian Scholars, we expect to offer financial assistance to approximately 30 foreign students from a pool of approximately 900 such applicants. The full financial need of all undergraduate students, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, is met with a combination of loans, part-time employment, and grants. No financial aid is available for international transfer students.

    Foreign students living outside the United States and applying for aid are required to file the ProfileTM Form of the College Scholarship Service (CSS).  If you plan to apply for financial aid at any point during your four years of study, then you must apply for financial aid at the time you apply for admission.

    If financial aid is NOT needed, foreign students must submit documentation verifying sufficient personal resources or outside scholarships to meet the expense of four years at Wesleyan at the time of application. Please use the International Student Certification of Finances form. Click here for instructions on how to complete the form. 
  • Credits/Advanced Standing

    College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations: The University will grant first-year students up to two credits for a score of 4 or 5 received on an AP examination, provided that they then take at least one upper-level course in the appropriate department at Wesleyan.

    International Baccalaureate (IB): Students with superior results on their IB Higher Level may be awarded up to two credits by the appropriate department of the University. Some departments award credit for scores of 5 or better, others require a score of at least 6. Most departments will award this credit only after students take an upper-level course in that subject at Wesleyan. All students with IB diplomas are admitted as first-year students.

    British ‘A’ Levels: Students with superior ‘A’ level results may petition the appropriate department of the University for up to two credits (the equivalent of two semester courses) for an ‘A’ level passed.

    Wesleyan will apply towards graduation a maximum of two credits of any kind earned before matriculation by entering first-year students. While a maximum of two credits will be counted toward the Wesleyan degree, all such credits that have been duly approved by Wesleyan departments will be listed on the student’s transcript. This limit applies to Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and ‘A’ level exams as well as any college courses taken elsewhere. More information about graduation requirements can be found here Students who have spent a year or more studying at a university should apply as transfer candidates.

  • Visa Information

    Wesleyan supports international undergraduate, graduate and visiting scholar students who hold a F1 or J1 visa by providing immigration services before arrival to campus and during their stay at the university.

    To learn more about visa and immigration services at Wesleyan click here.

  • Interviews

    Interviews are not required as part of the admissions process, but we encourage prospective students to arrange them if possible. An interview can provide an opportunity to speak with a member of the admission staff about the academic, extracurricular, and social life of the University. If you will be visiting the United States while applying to colleges, a campus visit is strongly encouraged. Please arrange a campus visit as soon as your travel itinerary is definite.  If you cannot visit campus, you may be able to schedule an interview with an alumnus/a representative in your area from mid-August through December. We may also offer interviews via Skype if you are unable to schedule another type of interview.  Prospective students may interview only once, either on- or off-campus or virtually, and not before June of their junior year.

    Given the limited availability of alumni interviews outside the US, international applicants are encouraged to interview with InitialView, a third-party service that conducts interviews in-person in China or via an online video platform for those in other countries.  You will be able to share the interview with multiple colleges of your choice.  The conversation will be recorded and sent to the Wesleyan Office of Admission for review.  InitialView does not grade the interview.  The deadline for completing the interview is the application submission deadline date for ED1, ED2 and Regular decision rounds.  Please note that the InitialView interview is not Wesleyan-specific and the interviewer will not be able to answer Wesleyan-specific questions.  To schedule an InitialView interview, please click here.

  • Special Statement About the Use of Agents

    Teachers and administrators from an applicant’s current or most recent school attended should complete the Secondary School Report, in order for the Admission Committee to get information about an applicant’s academic work, participation in activities, and role in the school community. A student’s academic record prior to enrolling at Wesleyan is of utmost importance. A student’s transcript should be sent to Wesleyan directly from the student’s school, not from any outside organizations. When translation of any documents is necessary, it must be certified.

    Wesleyan also requires that each applicant’s personal statements and essays be their own work. An essay that is not written by an application will disqualify them from consideration. The purpose of the personal statement is for the Admission Committee to learn more about the applicant’s own ideas, background, and writing ability in English.

    Wesleyan does not authorize anyone outside of the United States to represent the Office of Admission, not does it establish relationships with persons or organizations that confer preferential treatment in the admission process. Only Wesleyan faculty, staff, and authorized alumni representatives can represent Wesleyan.

  • International Application Statistics


    Total Number 1863 1601 1828 2258 2260
    Financial Aid Requested 598 822 1009 1211 1184
    No Financial Aid Requested 972 778 819 1047 1076
    Freeman Asian Scholarship 293 342 259 331 264
    Number of Countries Represented 139 102 115 127 127


    Total Number 203 213 212 269 269
    Financial Aid Requested 28 42 41 51 56
    No Financial Aid Requested 162 171 171 218 207
    Freeman Asian Scholarship 13 16 11 11 11
    Number of Countries Represented 48 47 45 56 60


    Total Number 71 70 80 112 121
    Financial Aid Requested 10 16 11 13 32
    No Financial Aid Requested 50 54 58 88 89
    Freeman Asian Scholarship 11 11 11 11 11
    Number of Countries Represented 29 29 27 33 42



Candidates with questions about undergraduate admission should contact intladmission@wesleyan.eduQuestions regarding graduate admission should be sent directly to the appropriate department. Visit Wesleyan’s home page often for updated calendars of campus events, our course book, alumni in the news, and more. 

Wesleyan University is fully committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, veteran status, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.