Support for International Students

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.

Applying to Wesleyan

Wesleyan is one of the most highly selective institutions in the United States, and admission is competitive, most recently with more than 10,500 applicants for 745 places. Applicants are expected to have a strong secondary school preparation in English, social science, science, mathematics, and a foreign language. Candidates studying at foreign schools who have taken national examinations for university admission (GCSEs, ‘A’ levels, Abitur, International Baccalaureate, etc.) are expected to have achieved superior results. A high degree of proficiency in English, as described below, is also required. 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.

To apply, go to our admission office home page and click on “applying.” Follow the directions there to complete the “common application.” All first year applicants submit the common application. Candidates for the Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship should complete the Common Application plus the Freeman Addendum (supplemental materials). Transfer applicants must complete the transfer application.

Standardized Tests for Admission

All applicants are required to take the SAT Reasoning Test of the College Board or the ACT, except students in the People’s Republic of China who may not have access to the exam. The results from two SAT Subject Tests are also extremely helpful in the evaluation of international candidates, but they are not required for students who can submit national, standardized, subject-based examination results such as the GCSEs or ‘A’ levels.

Students whose native 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 close to 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL test, or a “7” on the IELTS, would be evidence of adequate English language ability. (A high score – 650 or better- on the critical reading section of the SAT may also demonstrate the necessary English language proficiency. In some cases, submitting the TOEFL or IELTS results is not necessary.)

All standardized examinations must be taken by the end of January. (Freeman Asian Scholarship applicants must take these exams by January 1.) Exams are administered on several dates, with registration deadlines several weeks beforehand.

For More details:


The College Board SAT Program


Educational Testing Service
(for TOEFL)

International English Language Testing System (for IELTS)