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International Students

International Applications

International students are eligible to apply to a graduate program at Roger Williams University if they have successfully completed the equivalent of a United States bachelor degree program and have the appropriate diplomas and/or satisfactory results on transcripts or leaving examinations. In addition to the program-specific application requirements noted here, international applicants must provide the following:

ORIGINAL and FINAL Undergraduate Transcripts
All applicants must submitORIGINAL college/university scholastic records.

  • Transcripts must show completion of a U.S.-equivalent Bachelor's degree
  • Transcripts must be originals with school seal and signature from a school official. Copies (with or without a school stamp), emails, and faxes of transcripts in any form are not acceptable
  • Transcripts must be sent directly to RWU from the institution of attendance in a sealed and stamped envelope. Transcripts sent directly from the applicant willnot be accepted/
  • Submission of falsified documents is grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University.

Official Foreign Transcript/Credential Evaluation
International graduate applicants are required to submit an official evaluation of ALL foreign credentials, and the evaluation must include a course-by course evaluation, including all courses earned toward the undergraduate degree.  Applicants may use any foreign credential service that is a member of NACES (http://www.naces.org/members.htm), however, we recommend the WES ICAP transcript evaluation. Although WES requires applicants to submit an official transcript for evaluation, a second official transcript must also be sent to RWU directly from the institution (see details above).

Click here for details and instructions on the WES ICAP evaluation

International applicants who completed a Bachelor's degree in the U.S. are not required to submit a transcript evaluation, but are required to have original transcripts from each college that awarded credit toward a Bachelor's degree sent to the Office of Graduate Admission.

English Proficiency Requirement
All international applicants must provide proof of English proficiency by providing one of the following score reports, showing minimum scores indicated below.

  • TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language)
    Note: this report must be an original (not a copy) and must be sent directly from ETS (cannot be sent by the applicant)
    • Original TOEFL Score Report with results greater than or equal to:
      • 85 iBT (internet-Based Test)
      • 225 CBT (Computer-Based Test)
      • 565 PBT (Paper-Based Test)
         
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    Note: this report must be an original (not a copy) and must be sent directly from IELTS (cannot be sent by the applicant)
    • Original IELTS Score Report with results greater than or equal to 6.5 bandwidth

As of February 1, 2011, a Certificate showing completion of Level 112 at an ELS center is not acceptable as proof of English languge proficiency.

  • International applicants who have earned a Bachelor's degree in the U.S. and have completed at least 90 credits of English-based undergraduate coursework during that degree are exempt from this requirement.
  • International applicants who have earned a Master's degree in the U.S. and have completed at least 30 credits of English-based graduate coursework during that degree are exempt from this requirement.
  • Applicants from countries whose official language is English are exempt from this requirement.

Valid Email Address
It is very important that you provide us with an active email address on your application. If your email changes after you submit your application, please contact us. We will continue to keep in touch with you through the application process via email. Email is our primary method of communicating with international applicants.

Conditional Acceptance
At this time, RWU does not offer conditional acceptance for any of its graduate programs.

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Accepted International Students

Applicants who are officially accepted to a graduate program at RWU, who are not United States citizens, and who plan to matriculate in a campus-based program in the United States are required to provide additional forms of legal documentation. These documents are not required in order to apply to a graduate program; only applicants who have officially been accepted are required to submit these documents.

Required documents for all accepted international students (both new and transfer students):

  1. I-20 Request Form
    Please be sure to complete all sections of this form; it is very important that a complete foreign address is included. A copy of this form is a valid document.
  2. Original Financial Statement
    All accepted international students must complete the Original Financial Statement above, and must also submit original documentation showing financial support for the annual costs of study (tuition, fees, and living expenses). Proof of financial support can be submitted by completing official bank statements/certificates in English and in the student’s name, or if the bank account is in a parent’s name, through a letter from a parent explaining their financial support for all expenses; letters must be in English. If your home country is providing financial support for your tuition only, the student is responsible for providing proper documentation for living expenses. Any documents sent must be official and original. Copies are not acceptable.
  3. Copy of valid passport

Required documents for students transferring from another U.S. institution or ELS program only:

  1. F-1 Transfer Student Verification Form
    It is extremely important that all sections of this form all completely filled out. A copy of this form is a valid document.
  2. Copy of current I-20
  3. Copy of current Visa

Submitting Documents
Original documents must be sent to the following address:

Roger Williams University
Office of Graduate Admission
One Old Ferry Rd.
Bristol, RI 02809
U.S.A.

Any documents in which copies are acceptable (noted above) can also be sent via email to gradadmit@rwu.edu, or sent via fax to 401-254-3557.

Contact Us
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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