International Applicants: Women from all over the world come to Wellesley in pursuit of an outstanding university-level education
At Wellesley, international students will find a highly challenging and rewarding academic experience, friendships with students and professors that will last a lifetime, and the confidence that they can succeed at whatever they set out to do. Wellesley College offers students from more than 80 countries independence, opportunity, and challenge. Our 300+ faculty members add to the international outlook of Wellesley's campus. They themselves come from around the globe, and many are recognized throughout the world as authorities in music, poetry, politics, economics, and science.
Slater International Center provides support services and a space where students from diverse backgrounds may convene to study, cook, and gather informally. The International Student & Scholar Advisor works with other departments and administrators to create services and an environment that promotes international education and global learning. See also International Student Organizations.
Academic preparation for admission
Your academic preparation as an applicant for admission to Wellesley should include:
• Training in writing
• The interpretation of literature
• At least one laboratory science
• Other academic studies customary for university admission
• Fluency in all areas of the English language: reading, writing, and verbal skills.
Wellesley does not offer courses in intensive English or in English as a second language (ESL).
The admission application process
You may apply for admission and financial aid through any of Wellesley's decision plans: Early Decision, Early Evaluation, or Regular Decision. See Step-by-Step Application Instructions, including required credentials, interviews, and other optional credentials for international students.
See also our FAQ page for information about undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.
Financial aid for international students
Financial aid is available for a limited number of international students.
Wellesley is committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for all admitted international citizens who have applied for financial aid during the admission process. Financial assistance is available for a limited number of international citizens. Its purpose is to support highly qualified candidates who could not otherwise attend Wellesley. Because of the keen competition for these funds, candidates should apply for them only if family resources cannot adequately meet College expenses. In determining the amount of aid given, the College examines the financial resources of the student and her family through information provided on the financial aid forms. A well-formulated financial plan is required of all financial aid applicants. See also our FAQ page for information about undocumented or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.
You must apply for aid while applying for admission.
International citizens who wish to be considered for financial aid at any time during their four years at Wellesley must apply for aid while applying for admission. Applications for financial aid are not accepted from international citizens after admission decisions have been made. If an international citizen is awarded financial aid at the time of admission, she is not required to reapply in future years. International citizens who do not receive financial assistance at the time of admission cannot apply for aid during their remaining years at Wellesley.
All aid awards are grants or scholarship; money that does not have to be repaid.
Financial assistance is given during the academic year to international students in the form of grants or scholarships—that is, aid that does not have to be repaid. Students are not expected to borrow (via a student loan) as part of the aid package. Grants are applied to the cost of tuition, room and board, fees, and health insurance. No financial aid funds are set aside for travel or expenses during the winter and summer vacation periods. Earnings from on-campus jobs may be used to help with these expenses. Students with on-campus jobs work an average of 10 hours per week. Staff members in Student Financial Services are available for consultations with you and your family.
You may apply under any decision plan.
International citizens applying for financial aid may apply under any of Wellesley's decision plans: Early Decision Round I (November 1), Early Decision Round II (January 1), Regular Decision with an Early Evaluation Option (December 15) or Regular Decision plan (January 15). See Decision Plans and Deadlines.