Wilkes University

Requirements for Undergraduate International Students

Undergraduate Admissions decisions are made on the basis of superior academic standing and adequate preparation for the proposed field of study. 

 
*International students are defined as those who do not hold U.S. citizenship, who are not permanent residents of the U.S., or who do not hold resident alien status in the U.S.
 

Undergraduate Application        IEP Only

Required Credentials:

  • A completed application
  • Transcripts
  • English proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, SAT, etc...)
  • Financial verification
  • Passport/Visa
  • Deadlines

For further information regarding each requirement, please review the details below. 

Click here to complete an undergraduate international application. If you need assistance with your application please email us at international.admissions@wilkes.edu.

If you are applying for the Intensive English program ONLY please click the IEP ONLY button to access the application. Please fill out the form and  submit it along with all required credentials to international.admissions@wilkes.edu or mail all of the documents to Enrollment Services (see mailing address below).

Wilkes University reserves the right to decline any applicant who has previously received three admissions decisions. After the third admissions decision has been given, if the student has not enrolled at Wilkes University, the student's application will no longer be considered.

Wilkes University reserves the right to decline an applicant, or rescind an acceptance for an applicant, who omits or falsifies any information or documents during their application process.

Official High School Transcript(s) (in English).  Original or certified true copy of the secondary school record.The academic report should include a list of subjects studied, a qualitative rating on a course-by-course basis and an overall rating. Emailed copies are acceptable for the admissions process, however the officials are required to be submitted to us by the first day of mandatory orientation. Transfer students: An official high school transcript is only required if you have attempted less than 30 college/university credits. 

If you have attended a college or university, an official transcript(s) is required from the institution(s): *Syllabi may be required to determine transfer credits*

Students who attended a college/university outside of the US may be required to submit a course-by-course evaluation of their foreign transcripts to be considered for admission and transfer credits. Emailed copies of the transcript are acceptable for the admissions process, however the officials are required to be submitted to us by the first day of mandatory orientation. Evaluations must be received from the evaluation company not the student, in order to be considered official.  Wilkes University accepts course-by-course evaluations from the following companies:

World Education Services

Students who attended a college/university within the US are required to transfer credits from the college/university and must submit an official transcript to Wilkes University from the college/university. Please contact the institution's registrar's office to submit a transcript request. Transcripts must be received from the college/university, not the student, in order to be considered official.

International students must present a sufficient English Language proficiency score to enroll as an undergraduate student.  Students must submit either SAT or ACT or official results of the TOEFL or IELTSIf the medium of instruction in a student's secondary school or University was English, the English proficiency requirement may be waived. If a student does not have English proficiency scores, and it cannot be waived, a conditional acceptance may be offered.

  • Undergraduate students must earn a paper-based score of 500 or computer-based score of 173 or an iBT score of 60 on the TOEFL,
  • IELTS of 5.5 or higher
  • ELS level 112
  • STEP/EIKEN Level 10
  • GTEC 1076

International students with insufficient English proficiency scores must take the English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test.  Scores on this test will determine in which level of the Intensive English Program they will be enrolled. 

For all international students the SAT/ACT is optional.

Official results of any other testing can be sent as well.

*Admissions reserves the right to request proof of English Language proficiency of any student applying to the University

Bank or government statement indicating that you or your sponsor have on account a sum of money sufficient to pay tuition, room, board, and expenses for one academic year. (see tuition and cost)

International Student Certification of Finances (.pdf)

Students must submit the main page of the passport with picture.

If student has a Visa this can be sent as well. 

FALL (August start date)

Applicants who reside outside of the USA must return their completed application and attendant documents by June 15.

Applicants who reside within the USA, and have a valid visa, must return their completed application and attendant documents by August 1.

SPRING (January start date)

Applicants who reside outside of the USA must return applications and documents by November 15.

Applicants who reside within the USA, and have a valid visa, must return applications and documents by December 10.

SUMMER (Intensive English Program ONLY) (May start date)

Applicants who reside outside of the USA must return applications and documents by March 15.

Applicants who reside within the USA, and have a valid visa, must return applications and documents by April 15.

Processing by the University, assuming all documents are received, typically takes 3-4 weeks. All applicants will be informed as to the admissions decision through their applicant portal online. 

Tuition & Fees 2019-2020

Cost of Attendance Resident Commuter Off-Campus
Tuition & Fees*† $35,814 $35,814 $35,814
Room & Board $15,108    
Matriculation Fee $140  $140  $140
General Fee $1,688 $1,688 $1,688
Total $52,750 $37,642 $37,642

Scholarships

International student merit scholarships are based off of previous academic performance. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission decision after all required materials has been received. 

  • Freshmen Scholarships range from $10,000 USD up to $19,000 USD per year for up to four years of undergraduate studies
  • Transfer Scholarships range from $8,000 USD up to $14,000 USD per year for undergraduate studies 
  • Graduate students - At this time there are no merit scholarships for graduate students but there are graduate assistant positions that you may be eligible for 

How to Send Admissions Documents

All credentials can be scanned and e-mailed to international.admissions@wilkes.edu for the preliminary admissions review to take place. The original hard copies will need to be mailed directly to Wilkes University at the following address:

Wilkes University
Enrollment Services
84 West South Street
Wilkes Barre, Pa 18766
USA

Applications for admission will not be reviewed until all required information has been received by Wilkes University. The admission decision will be rendered approximately three to four weeks after the completed file has been received by the admissions office.

Once you are accepted into the undergraduate program of your choice, the Center for Global Education and Diversity will assist you in getting your Form I-20 and will offer numerous orientation programs and cultural and social events designed to introduce you to the Wilkes University experience and American culture.


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