Office of International Programs and Services

International Students

  

Become a part of the WCU Community

We are glad you are interested in joining us here at Western Carolina University. Tucked away in the mountains of Western North Carolina, we're a close-knit community of faculty and students who are working together to build a global community. All of us at the Office of International Programs and Services is here to help guide you through the application process, answer your questions, introduce you to our university and life here at Western.

If you have any questions please feel free to stop by Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm or contact us by phone at +1 828.227.7494 or by email at international@wcu.edu.

Undergraduate

Graduate

Exchange

IEP

  

Undergraduate

Join our supportive community in the Blue Ridge Mountains! With over 120+ undergraduate programs to choose from and incredible access to outdoor adventure, WCU is a unique study abroad experience that you will never forget.

Application deadline

Summer- February 1

Fall- February 1

Spring- October 1

Apply Today!

Language requirements

All international students must demonstrate a proficiency in English in order to be admitted to Western Carolina University. Students may be exempt from demonstrating English proficiency in certain situations. Some of these situations may include:

· Students from countries where English is the primary native language (listed below).

· Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) high school.
· Students who have completed high school or higher education in an English-medium institution.
· Students who have successfully completed 24 credit hours or more at a US college or university.
· Students who achieve proficiency and conditional admission from WCU's Intensive English Program

Countries with English as Primary Native Language (Exempt): Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Greenland, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tobago, Tonga, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

All others must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or SAT, or ACT, or achieve Conditional Admission through our Intensive English Program. English requirements must be met when entering as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.

TOEFL (Internet-based): 68
TOEFL (Paper-based): 550
IELTS 6.0 Overall
SAT: 880 (school code:5897)
ACT: 18 (school code: 3172)

 

*International students who graduated or will be graduating a U.S. high school their senior year must take one of the tests regardless if they are from a country where the English proficiency test is exempt.

*If undergraduate students have a TOEFL score 68-78 on internet-based or 520-549 on paper-based, or IELTS score between 6-6.4, will be registered in an English bridge credit-bearing course during their first semester.

transcript evaluations

All U.S. high school, college, and university transcripts must be officially sent to WCU Undergraduate Admissions to the following address below or at admiss@wcu.edu. Students may not send the transcripts. Students age 24 or older or have an AA/AS or higher degree, the high school transcripts are waived.

 

Western Carolina University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
102 Camp Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723

For non-U.S. high school, college, or university transcripts, please have all of them evaluated by www.wes.org or one of our approved companies and sent to the address above. Students over the age of 24 or have an AA/AS or higher degree, the high school transcripts are waived.

available programs

Explore our quality academic programs including nationally recognized degree programs in fields such as nursing, education, forensic science, emergency management, entrepreneurship, engineering, project management, natural resources conservation and much more.

cost

NC Promise: All international undergraduate students, both residential and online, attending WCU will receive dramatically reduced student tuition costs only of $2,500 per semester as part of a new program from the State of North Carolina called the NC Promise Tuition Plan. LEARN MORE. For all other fees, please click here.

In order to issue or update travel documents and visas, students must show $23,800USD for their first year of study. Please fill out the certificate of finance form and attach a bank letter or statement proving the funds. Multiple bank statements or letters adding up or beyond the amount is acceptable. If you have a SACM scholarship, please just send your financial guarantee. Please send documents to international@wcu.edu.

*Please note that actual bill may be less than above amount and students pay a semester at a time.

required forms

All students must have the required immunizations to attend campus and must fill out the immunization information form. Immunizations not completed will be administered at orientation or afterward at student's own cost. The form is not part of initial admissions but can be completed after acceptance. Forms must be uploaded by May 31 for fall and summer semesters and December 15 for the spring semester. Students who do not upload documents by the deadline will forfeit their admissions to Western Carolina University.

Students are also required to complete a Certification of Finances

   

Graduate

Earn a graduate degree at WCU! With more than 40 graduate degree and certificate programs to choose from there is a something that will appeal to almost everyone. The program you select will determine which campus at which you will attend classes. WCU has two locations: our main campus in Cullowhee and Biltmore Park in Asheville.

Application deadline

Each graduate program has its own program deadline. Some graduate programs have earlier deadlines. Deadlines of your specific program can be found here. Please be advised that obtaining a visa can take up to 11 months or more. Apply earlier than the deadlines to ensure that you can obtain a visa in time for the start of classes.

Apply Now! Please be sure to upload any visa, I-20, or DS-2019, if you have any in your application form.

 

Language requirements

All international students must demonstrate a proficiency in English in order to be admitted to Western Carolina University. Students may be exempt from demonstrating English proficiency in certain situations. Some of these situations may include:

· Students from countries where English is the primary native language (listed below).

· Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) high school.
· Students who have completed high school or higher education in an English-medium institution.
· Students who have successfully completed 24 credit hours or more at a US college or university.
· Students who achieve proficiency and conditional admission from WCU's Intensive English Program

Countries with English as Primary Native Language (Exempt): Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Greenland, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tobago, Tonga, Trinidad, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

The minimum TOEFL score is 79 (Internet Based-iBT) or 550 (Paper Based-PBT). A minimum overall score of 6.5 is required on IELTS, with a minimum score of 6 on each of the four bands.

If graduate students do not yet have the required level of English proficiency, WCU's Intensive English Program welcomes students until they can achieve it. The student will no longer need the TOEFL or IELTS score.

Please click here and check your program for specific details on all the tests and documents required of your specific graduate program. Some programs may require the GRE or GMAT in addition to an English proficiency test.

transcript evaluations

All non-U.S. undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be evaluated by www.wes.org or one of our approved companies. Please send transcripts to address below:
WCU Graduate School

110 Cordelia Camp
69 East University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723

For more information on how to send your transcripts, please click here.

Available programs

Explore our quality academic graduate programs designed with three things in mind: quality, flexibility, and affordability.

Cost

Find out more about the cost, funding opportunities, and how to pay for your education here. Please note that we do not offer full scholarships.


In order to issue or update travel documents and visas, students must show $33,348USD for their first year of study. Please fill out the certificate of finance form and attach a bank letter or statement proving the funds. Multiple bank statements or letters adding up or beyond the amount is acceptable. If you have a SACM scholarship, please just send your financial guarantee. Please send documents to international@wcu.edu.

If you have a spouse and/or children coming with you, please provide their passports, the marriage certificate in English translation, and financially show that you can pay $5,000 extra for the spouse and/or $3,000 extra for each child for the year.
*Please note that actual bill may be less than above amount and students pay a semester at a time.

required forms

All students must have the required immunizations to attend campus and must fill out the immunization information form. Immunizations not completed will be administered at orientation or afterward at student's own cost. The form is not part of initial admissions but can be completed after acceptance. Forms must be uploaded by May 31 for fall and summer semesters and December 15 for the spring semester. Students who do not upload documents by the deadline will forfeit their admissions to Western Carolina University. 

Students are also required to complete a Certification of Finances 


Additional Resources and Forms

All freshman students must live on campus. For all international students who live on campus, please keep in mind that Western Carolina University closes for four weeks during Winter Break. During this time Robertson Hall will be the only residence hall available for students who need to stay on campus. If you do not choose Robertson Hall but still need Winter Break housing, it will be your responsibility to make arrangements to be off campus or contact your Residence Assistant (RA) to move to Robertson. Otherwise, on-campus housing will not be an option.

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