International Students

Women from all over the world come to Wellesley in pursuit of an outstanding university-level education.

And what do they find here? 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

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.

Slater International Center provides these services (among others):

  • Pre-orientation Program for international students attending Wellesley
  • The Alumna Hostess Program for international students coming to study at Wellesley
  • Assistance to international students, international faculty, and academic department chairs with immigration law compliance
  • Employment authorization guidance
  • Intercultural training and programming

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
  • Mathematics
  • 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. Please note that Wellesley College does not offer courses in intensive English or in English as a second language (ESL).

The Application Process

All application forms and required credentials must be received no later than January 15 of the year in which you are seeking entrance. The following supporting documents are required in order for Wellesley to consider your application.

The Application Form

You must complete and submit the Common Application, which you must do through the Common Application website. The application fee is waived if you apply online. 

Letters of Recommendation

Wellesley requires three letters of recommendation: one from the head of your school or your guidance counselor and two from academic instructors. At least one recommendation must include an evaluation of your proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English. These letters should be sent directly to the Board of Admission at Wellesley.

Official Transcript

An official transcript is a certified record of the courses you have completed and the marks you received at each marking period in all schools attended during the previous four years. We need both the transcript in the original language as well as a translated version. If the school system uses a coded transcript, an explanation of the code and the marking system should be included. If you cannot obtain a transcript, a certified record of the courses you took, along with a progress report, must be submitted instead.

Diploma or Examination Certificates

All applicants must submit certified photocopies of all academic diplomas and Government Examination certificates. These include GCSE ("O" level) and "A" level certificates, and appropriate documents from your home country (e.g., Indian S.S.C., Indian H.S.C., Kenyan Certificate of Education, Hong Kong Certificate of Education, Malaysian SRP, International Baccalaureate SPM, STEM, etc.). Examination certificates cannot be substituted for the required official transcript (see above) or for the required standardized tests (see below). All academic records and examination certificates must have an official seal or certification.

Standardized Tests

Every applicant to Wellesley must take the standardized examinations except applicants from countries where the SAT or ACT is not administered. It is strongly recommended that international students whose native language is not English take the TOEFL (see below). Wellesley requires that students submit the SAT Reasoning Test and two Subject Tests or the ACT with Writing Test. The Wellesley code number for the ACT is 1926; the code number for the SAT is 3957. Registration forms and booklets describing the SAT tests may be obtained by going directly to the College Board website. If you have questions, you may contact the College Board at  866.630.9305. International callers, dial 212.520.8570.

English Proficiency Exams

We strongly recommend that all applicants whose native language is not English and who have been instructed in a non-English based curriculum take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). All standardized tests, including the TOEFL,  must be taken by the appropriate application deadlines. Wellesley's code number for the TOEFL is 3957. For more information, visit the TOEFL Education Testing Service, email them at toefl@ets.org, or phone them at 609.771.7100.

Application Timeline

Please review carefully the deadlines for all required credentials on our application timeline website.

Interviews

A personal interview is not a required part of Wellesley's application process for most first-year applicants; however, we do strongly recommend it. An interview is required for accelerating, Davis Degree Program (continuing education), and postbaccalaureate candidates.

On-Campus Interview

Dates and times are typically Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and some Saturdays in the fall and spring. Please call us at 781.283.2284 or email us  at admission@wellesley.edu with your travel plans and interview availability two weeks before your visit. See also the Admission Office calendar.

Off-Campus Interview

If you cannot easily visit the campus, we will try to arrange for an interview with an alumna interviewer near your hometown. Please complete the Off-Campus Interview Request Form.

Financial Aid for 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.

International citizens applying for financial aid may apply under any of Wellesley's decision plans: Early Decision (November 1), Early Evaluation (January 1) or Regular Decision plan (January 15)..

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.

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 Wellesley's Office of Student Financial Services are available for consultations with you and your family.

Apply for Financial Aid

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