Information for International Applicants
All Graduate School policies relative to the admission criteria mentioned previously apply. The formal admission of international students is a two-part process. The first part evaluates academic admissibility based on the application form and transcripts or mark sheets provided. Applicants recommended for admission will be notified by the Graduate School of their eligibility for admission and the application will begin the second part of the admission process.
The second part requires the demonstration of sufficient English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic) and financial resources (WSU Certification of Financial Support) to support graduate work in the United States.
The first semester of enrollment at WSU for all international graduate students must be in the program to which the student was admitted.
For admission consideration, applicants will upload copies of their official documents into the online application portal. If offered admission, WSU will require that the student provide an official copy of all postsecondary school transcripts, translated into English. If the transcript does not indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree or its U.S. equivalent degree, official copies of the degree certificate or diploma are required.
International applicants who have completed graduate work or have attended a U.S. university will need to have an official transcript showing that work sent directly from the institution, or may submit official issued to student transcripts. Please note that in order to be accepted, the transcripts must be received in the Graduate School office in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution.
Graduate programs will evaluate international applicants based on the uploaded copies of official transcripts or mark sheets through at least the sixth semester of work in a four-year program. For international students in a yearly program, this will be after the third year.
In this instance, applicants who are recommended for admission and who have met all other admission requirements will be notified of admission and issued the I-20 form. Students admitted in this manner must provide the remaining transcript or mark sheet and the degree certification statement or diploma by the end of their first semester of enrollment as graduate students at WSU. Students who fail to meet this final requirement will be designated as out of compliance and will be reported to the university’s Office of International Education.
During the online application process, students will have the option of uploading a copy of their official test scores, if available. If offered admission, applicants whose native language is not English must submit official, acceptable scores for either the TOEFL, the Academic Module of the IELTS examination, or the PTE Academic. To be acceptable, the score must be sent to WSU directly from the testing agency, and must be less than two years old. The minimum acceptable scores for most programs are: TOEFL — 79 on the Internet-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test. IELTS — minimum overall band score of 6.5 is required. PTE Academic — 58. Students completing the Intensive English program at WSU may establish English proficiency by achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.000 in Levels One through Six, and a grade of B+ or higher in Level Seven. Some programs do have higher requirements for English proficiency. Please refer to the table below for specific information. Programs with higher requirements may still require students to achieve these scores even if they complete the IELC coursework as described above.
Waivers will be considered if the applicant has attended a college or university in the United States as a full-time student for a minimum of one year. Enrollment must have been in academic-only coursework (no English language training courses), and must have resulted in a GPA of 3.000 or higher. In order to be considered for a waiver, this coursework must have been completed within two years of the proposed semester of admission at WSU.
Waivers will also be considered if the bachelor’s or graduate degree was awarded from a U.S. university within two years of the proposed semester of admission at WSU.
The following programs currently require a higher score than the minimum stated above. The listing below includes only the Internet-based TOEFL, IELTS and PTE Academic scores. For paper-based equivalencies, please contact the Graduate School.
|Communication Sciences & Disorders (MA)1||100||7.5||73|
Also requires a minimum 23 on the speaking portion of the iBT (or equivalent).
Applicants interested in studying English at WSU prior to beginning their graduate studies should write to:
Intensive English Language Center
Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas 67260-0122
WSU Certification of Financial Support
International applicants must demonstrate sufficient financial resources in order to support their graduate work in the United States. The WSU Certification of Financial Support must be filled out and signed, and submitted along with supporting documents such as bank statements, scholarship letters, or other evidence of support. An interactive Certification of Financial Support form is available on the WSU website (http://webapps.wichita.edu/FinStatement/).
International Transfer Students
International students transferring from universities in the United States must present the following items:
- A completed online application for admission;
- The nonrefundable international application fee;
- Uploaded copies of official transcripts from each college or university attended in the United States, plus an official copy of the undergraduate transcript translated into English. If the transcript does not indicate the award of a bachelor’s degree or its U.S. equivalent degree, an uploaded official copy of the degree statement or diploma are required. Please see the last two paragraphs under the heading Transcripts;
- Uploaded copies of official, acceptable scores from either the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE Academic. A waiver will be considered if the applicant has attended a U.S. university in the United States as a full-time student in academic courses for a minimum of one year, or the bachelor’s degree was awarded from a U.S. university within two years of the proposed semester of admission at Wichita State University; and
- A completed WSU Certification of Financial Support, and supporting documentation as described on the form.
Note: students offered admission based on uploaded documents will be required to submit official, original documents to finalize their admission.
Mandatory Health Insurance
Wichita State University requires that all nonimmigrant international students have a specified minimum amount of medical insurance protection for every semester they are enrolled as students at Wichita State University.
Each nonimmigrant international student must obtain and maintain medical insurance from a company authorized to do business in the United States, with the following minimum coverages:
- Basic injury and sickness benefits amounting to at least $10,000;
- Major medical coverage in an amount of at least $100,000;
- Coverage to provide for medical evacuation of the student to the student’s home country; and
- Coverage to provide for repatriation of the student’s remains to the student’s home country in the case of death.
Failure to obtain and maintain such coverage during the student’s time of enrollment will be grounds for discipline up to and including expulsion.
Exceptions to Regulations
Departures from the rules and regulations stated in the Graduate Catalog require the filing and approval of an Application for Exception to Graduate School Regulations form. Such requests must have the approvals indicated on the form and must state in a logical and coherent manner a rational basis for the requested exception. Forms for such requests are available from the Graduate School, from graduate program areas, and may be downloaded from the Graduate School website. Unusual and/or substantial deviations from stated rules and regulations may require action by the Graduate Council.