Center for International Studies

International Graduate Student Admission Requirements

Application for Admission

Submit an admission application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $30 USD that may be paid by credit card when when you submit your application. You may also mail a check or money order to our office. Your application will not be processed until the application fee and required documents have been received.

Official Academic Records

You must have your official transcripts and degree certificate submitted by all colleges attended. If the transcripts are issued in your native language, they must be accompanied by an official English translation. Students attending schools in select countries may be required to submit transcripts to WES ICAP for verification. We will notify you if you are required to submit the WES ICAP. Some departments also require GRE or GMAT scores. Please see the Checklist of Departmental Requirements for the specific document requirements of each department.

English Language Proficiency

If your native language is not English, you must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores. 

View English Language Requirements

Some graduate programs require higher or lower minimum scores for admission. Please check with your department of interest to find out if they require a different score. 

Official TOEFL scores must be sent to WIU directly from ETS. The institution code for Western Illinois University is 1900. Because English proficiency can change considerably in a relatively short period, scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

Official IELTS scores must be sent to International Admissions directly from the testing center that administered the test.

Students who meet academic admission requirements but have not demonstrated English proficiency may be conditionally admitted to WIU contingent upon successful completion of Western's English-as-a-Second Language (WESL) program. Please see "Admission of International Students" in the Graduate Studies catalog for possible exemptions to this requirement.

Financial Resources

If you will be attending on an F-1 visa, you must show that you have the financial resources to pay for your first year of expenses by submitting a bank statement verifying available funds. If the bank statement is for a sponsor, you must also submit the Affidavit of Support for each sponsor listed on the bank statement.


Please send a copy of your passport to ensure that we have the correct spelling of your name.