International Students

At RWU, we form a community to help you succeed and adjust to life in the U.S. We welcome students, like you, from all over the world and help them each step of the way. We value what you add to our community and are focused on your success. To aid you, we provide a range of services that includes peer mentors and support groups.

Along with your studies, adventure waits for you here. There’s plenty to do on campus and we’re perfectly located in Bristol, Rhode Island. We’re just a half hour drive from both Providence and Newport, RI, and a 60-minute drive from Boston. New York is just a three-hour train ride from Providence, which also has bus stations and an airport to get you where you want to go.

How to Apply

The application process is slightly different for international students looking to begin their first year and for those transferring from another University.

First-Year Students

This section is for those applicants who have not taken any college/university courses after completing secondary school (high school). College/university courses taken while in high school do not affect this status.

See First-Year Student Process

Transfer Students

This section is for transfer applicants who have earned a high school diploma or GED and have subsequently enrolled in and/or completed one or more college-level course(s).

See Transfer Student Process

Additional Information

International Admission Mission Statement

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We firmly believe that our campus community is enhanced by the presence of international students, providing international students with a distinctive education experience while at the same time enriching the education of U.S. students through their own exposure to people from other countries and cultures.

Roger Williams University values global cooperation in a world that has increasingly become culturally, environmentally and economically interdependent. RWU is committed to developing strong global leaders by providing students with the international and intercultural experiences and competencies needed to thrive in their personal and professional lives. The University aspires to advance students' knowledge of world politics, economies and events, and to instill in all an appreciation and understanding of other cultures and customs in and out of the classroom.

Admission Information

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Roger Williams University is a member of the Common Application. All international students must complete and submit both the Common Application and the Roger Williams University Supplement to be considered for admission to RWU.

Roger Williams University defines an international student to be a non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder). Exceptions apply if you are currently in the U.S. in one of the following statuses: Refugee, Asylum, Parolee or Confidential Entrant.

You are eligible to apply for admission to Roger Williams University as an international undergraduate student if you’ve completed the equivalent of a United States secondary school education (approximately 12 years of formal education starting at age six). You must have either an appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on a leaving examination.

International students are considered for scholarships as well. Merit awards for international students range from $10,000 to $18,000 for qualified admitted students. These selected students will be notified at the time they receive an admittance package to make the process as simple as possible.

Roger Williams University does not require the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and International students may be admitted to RWU regardless of their English ability. However, we recommend that students who have taken the TOEFL submit their scores for review in order to receive the best placement for their English level – either directly into their undergraduate program, the RWU ESL Bridge Program, or the ELS Language Center at RWU.

All documents written in a foreign language must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. Please note that both documents are required—the original in your first language and the English translation. Applicants must submit all of the following credentials to Roger Williams University. Your teachers and guidance counselors can do this electronically or by mailing them to:

Roger Williams University
Office of Admission
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809 USA

Secondary School Records

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Along with your application, you must submit official secondary school academic records of the last four years of study, plus a copy of any terminating or qualifying examination results or certificates.

Please contact us for any specific requirements for your own country.

If you are applying during your last year of secondary school, state the name of the certificate you expect to receive and when. Send an unofficial school transcript with your application now, and send original or certified copies of your credentials when they become available.