Wilkes University

Requirements for Undergraduate International Students

Wilkes University is committed to preparing our students for success in an ever-changing, multicultural world.

While at Wilkes, you will learn both in and out of the classroom through a traditional, residential college experience and a complete immersion in American culture.

You are considered an International student if you:

  • do not hold U.S. citizenship;
  • are not a permanent resident of the U.S.; or
  • do not hold resident alien status in the U.S.

Undergraduate Application Deadlines for International Students

 

If you reside outside the U.S.

If you reside in the U.S. and have a valid visa

Fall Semester

(August start)

You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by June 15.

You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by Aug. 1.

Spring semester

(January start)

You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by Nov. 15.

You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by Dec. 10.

Summer semester

IEP only

You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by March 15.

You must return your completed application and all other documents on the checklist by April 15.

Once the University receives all documents, processing takes one to two weeks. We will inform you of our admissions decision through the online portal. Undergraduate admissions decisions are based on superior academic standing and adequate preparation for the proposed field of study.

Checklist of items you need to submit to apply to Wilkes:

A completed application

Undergraduate Application

Please contact admissions@wilkes.edu with any questions about completing your application.

Official high school transcript(s)in English | Original or certified true copy of your 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 areacceptable for the admissionsprocess,however official transcripts are required to be submitted to Wilkes 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.

Official college/university transcript(s) | Official transcript from the institution if you attended a college or university (syllabi may be required to determine transfer credits.

If you attended a college/university outside of the U.S., you may be required to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your foreign transcripts to be considered for admission and transfer credits.Emailed copies of the transcript areacceptable for the admissionsprocess,however official transcripts are required to be submitted to Wilkes by the first day of mandatory orientation. To be considered official, the evaluation must be received directly from one of the following companies:

If you attended a college/university in the U.S., you must submit an official transcript. Please contact the registrar’s office at your prior institution to submit a transcript request. Transcript(s) must be sent directly from the college/university to Wilkes in order to be considered official.

International students must present a sufficient English language proficiency score to enroll as an undergraduate student.

If the medium of instruction in your secondary school, college or university was English, the English proficiency requirement may be waived. A student must provide a letter from the school’s principal or registrar stating the medium of instruction is English.

All international applicants whose education has been primarily outside the United States of America must provide objective evidence of proficiency in the English language. However, the following exceptions apply:

 Applicants primarily educated in the following countries/territories:

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada 
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Gibraltar
  • The Gambia
  • Guyana
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sandwich Islands
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa (English-speaking, i.e. not Afrikaans)
  • South Georgia Islands
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John)
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

SAT and ACT tests are optional for international students, however, if you take one of these tests, you may use your score to prove English language proficiency.

Wilkes University will now accept the TOEFL ITP Plus for Chinese students.

Minimum scores for undergraduate students:

TOEFL Paper Based

500

TOEFL Computer Based

173

TOEFL Internet Based

60

IELTS

5.5

ELS Successful Completion

112

STEP EIKEN

10

PTE

42

GTEC

1076

WESLI Successful Completion

700

Duolingo English Test

85

If you do not have sufficient English proficiency scores, you will need to take an English as a Second Language (ESL) placement test. Your scores on this test will determine the level you will enroll in for Wilkes University’sIntensive English Program.

Please note: Admissions reserves the right to request proof of English language proficiency of any student applying to the University

You will need to submit a 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.

International Student Certification of Finances

Undergraduate Tuition and Fees 2020-2021

DIRECT COSTS are the expenses charged to students by Wilkes University. These are estimated numbers pending approval from the Board of Trustees.

Undergraduate Direct Costs

Resident

Commuter

Off Campus

Tuition

$ 36,888

$36,888

$36,888

General Fee

$ 1,864

$ 1,864

$ 1,864

Room / Board (meals)

$ 15,400

N/A

N/A

Matriculation Fee (one time)

$ 135

$ 135

$ 135

Total Direct Costs

$ 54,287

$38,887

$ 38,887

INDIRECT COSTS are estimated expenses that students may incur each year. These costs are included in the cost of attendance for planning purposes but are not billed to students by Wilkes University.

Undergraduate Indirect Costs

Resident

Commuter

Off Campus

Books & Supplies

$ 1,600

$ 1,600

$ 1,600

Transportation

$ 1,000

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

Personal Expenses

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

$ 2,000

Loan Fee

$ 58

$ 58

$ 58

Living Expenses

N/A

$ 1,440

$ 9,500

Total Indirect Costs

$ 4,658

$ 7,098

$ 15,158

Total Cost of Attendance

$ 58,945

$ 45,985

$ 54,045

You must submit a copy of the passport page containing your picture. If you have a visa, you may send a copy of that as well.

You may scan and email all documents to international.admissions@wilkes.edu for preliminary admissions review. 

Official hard copies must be mailed directly to Wilkes University at the following address:

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

Wilkes University will not review applications for admission until we have received all required information. You will be notified of your admissions decision one to two weeks after your all information is received and your file is complete.

Once you are admitted, the Center for Global Education and Diversity will assist you in getting your Form I-20 and offer numerous orientation programs, cultural activities and social events designed to introduce you to Wilkes University and American culture.


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