Wilkes University

Requirements for Graduate International Students

Wilkes University’s growing global perspective and commitment to education in an evolving and multicultural world is illustrated by the increasing number of students from abroad who study here.

International Students in Classroom.

The University feels so strongly about this initiative that it has invested in the development of a new Center for Global Education and Diversity.

Graduate Application

 

All Graduate international students are welcome to apply online at: www.wilkes.edu/applyonline

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Each graduate program has a checklist of materials required for admission. All international students must submit:

Items 1-4 listed on this page and, based on program of interest, additional items may be required. For example, program admissions requirements may include letters of recommendation, statements of goals, licenses, and/or writing samples.

1. A completed application
Each graduate program has a checklist of materials required for admission. All international students must submit items 1-4 listed on this page and, based on program of interest, additional items may be required. For example, program admissions requirements may include letters of recommendation, statements of goals, licenses, and/or writing samples.     

In addition to individual program requirements, all international students are required to submit the following to:
            Graduate Admissions
            Wilkes University
            84 W South Street 
            Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

2. Secondary school and/or university transcript.

International graduate students must submit a course-by-course evaluation of their foreign transcripts to be considered for admission.  Evaluations must be received from the evaluation company, not the student, in order to be considered official.  Wilkes University accepts course-by-course evaluations from the following companies: World Education Services; Educational Credential Evaluators; Educational Perspective; Globe Language Services; Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultants.

3. Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if the language of instruction for the applicant's undergraduate degree was not English.

Minimum Scores for Graduate Work are as follows:

TOEFL Paper Based 550
TOEFL Computer Based 213
TOEFL Internet Based 79
IELTS 6

Scores on these standardized tests will determine if students first need to participate in the Intensive English Program (IEP) upon arrival. Any student with insufficient TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores must first study in the IEP. Graduate students must receive a sufficient TOEFL or IELTS score in order to begin graduate studies. No academic courses may be completed until the English requirement has been fulfilled. (Please see IEP exit criteria).

4.  Statement of financial verification (bank or government statement) indicating that you or your sponsor have on account a sum of money sufficient to pay tuition, room, board, and expenses for one academic year.

5. A copy of the picture page of your passport.

Applicants who plan to begin school in August should complete the online application and submit all required admission documents by June 15. Those who plan to begin in January should submit applications and documents by November 15.

All Graduate international students are welcome to apply online at: www.wilkes.edu/applyonline

Admission Deadlines:

  • Summer - March 15
  • Fall - June 15
  • Spring - November 15

All applicants will be informed as to the admission decision. The Form I-20 is sent only with a letter of acceptance.

Once you have been admitted into the graduate program of your choice, you are required to transfer your SEVIS number from your current domestic college or university to Wilkes University.

In order to transfer your SEVIS record to Wilkes University, please submit a copy of your Wilkes acceptance letter and the International Transfer Student Form to your Designated School Official (DSO) at your current institution and follow the procedures for international transfer students at your current school.  The DSO will complete the International Student Transfer Form and fax it back to Jonathan Summers at (570) 408-4106. Your DSO will then transfer your SEVIS record to Wilkes University.  Once you arrive on campus, we will issue you a new I-20 for your studies at Wilkes. If you have any questions about this process please contact Jonathan Summers at (570) 408-4106 or your current International Student Advisor or DSO. 

When you come to pick up your new I-20 from Wilkes University, you should bring all relevant documents to the Global Diversity office in the Max Roth Center.

These documents are:

  • Your passport with visa and I-94
  • Your old I-20
  • Your Wilkes acceptance letter
  • Your completed International Student Transfer Form (could be faxed by your old DSO in advance)
  • Financial documents that show that you or your sponsors have sufficient funding for your education at Wilkes University

Please try to have your SEVIS record transferred to Wilkes University as soon as possible, once the current semester is over.

If you plan to travel outside the country, it is recommended that you transfer your SEVIS record to Wilkes University first and then use your new I-20 from Wilkes University to re-enter the country.

International Deferment Fee
Should an international student wish to defer to the following semester, there is a $50 deferment fee for processing.

International Students at Global Coffee Hour. 

*International students are defined as those who do not hold U.S. citizenship, who are not permanent residents of the U.S., or who do not hold resident alien status in the U.S.


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