Frequently Asked Questions:
International Students

1. If I’m an international student, do I need to complete additional forms? 
2. What if I’m an international student and wish to apply for financial aid?
3. When do I apply for financial aid?
4. Will I be expected to borrow money—that is, via a student loan?
5. What if English is my second language? Is the TOEFL required?
6. What if I need assistance or guidance regarding my visa or complying with immigration law?

 


 

1. If I’m an international student, do I need to complete additional forms?
No. Candidates from schools outside the United States, including U.S. citizens studying outside the United States, must simply complete and submit the Common Application. 

2. What if I’m an international student and wish to apply for financial aid?
Wellesley is not need blind for students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The College has the resources to support a limited number of need-based financial aid awards for international citizens with demonstrated need. Therefore, admission is highly competitive for international citizens applying for financial aid. For those admitted, the College will fund the full amount of their demonstrated need.

3. When do I apply for financial aid?
International citizens applying for financial aid may apply under any of Wellesley's decision plans: Early Decision Round I (November 1 deadline), Early Decision Round II (January 1 deadline), Early Evaluation (January 1 deadline) or Regular Decision plan (January 15 deadline). Please see specific financial aid due dates.

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.

4. Will I be expected to borrow money—that is, via a student loan?
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. Therefore, 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.

5. What if English is my second language? Is the TOEFL required?
All applicants are required to take the SAT and two Subject Tests or the ACT with Writing. We also strongly recommend that students for whom English is a second language and who have been studying in an English-based curriculum for less than five years take the TOEFL.

6. What if I need assistance or guidance regarding my visa or complying with immigration law?
Slater International Center at Wellesley provides comprehensive resources for international students. Check out Forms and Resources for detailed information. Staff can also provide assistance to international students with immigration law compliance.