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International Student Graduate Application Information

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Application Deadlines
Application Requirements
English Proficiency Requirement  (TOEFL/IELTS)
SEVIS Requirements and Information
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Postal Mailing Address to which all materials should be mailed:

The Graduate School
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Wichita KS  67260-0004
USA

Please note - if you wish to send something to us using an express mailing service, such as Fedex, UPS, DHL, etc., please use this address:

Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount
Jardine Hall, Room 107
The Graduate School, 316-978-3095
Wichita KS  67260-0004
USA

Institutional Code for test scores:   6884

Detailed Information for International Applicants:

In order to apply for Graduate School, International applicants must submit the following documents by the published deadline for the intended semester of admission:

-Application for admission.

-US$ 65.00 Application fee.  This fee is non refundable and cannot be waived or deferred.  Checks   must be made payable through a U.S. bank, which must be noted on the front of the check or bank  draft.  International money orders are also acceptable.  Either should be made payable to WSU Graduate School. 

-Official/Attested marksheets or transcripts from all schools attended past High School.

-Official/Attested degree certificate or provisional degree certificate.

-Acceptable Certification of Financial Support form

-Official, acceptable TOEFL Score OR IELTS score.

-Photocopy of the pages of your passport that show your picture and full name.

-If you do not have a passport at the present time, please include a passport sized photo of yourself.

-Any departmental requirements that may be in addition to the Graduate School requirements listed above.  If you are unsure if your program has additional requirements, follow the Graduate Programs link and click on the program name to read the fact sheet on the program, which will indicate any additional requirements. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all required materials are submitted in a timely fashion.

For more details about these required materials and the admissions process in general, please refer to the sections below.

International application requires the submission of the Wichita State University Graduate Application, a non-refundable US$65 application fee, and mark sheets or transcripts of your academic work.  Upon receipt of these items, your application will be reviewed for academic admissibility.  Applicants must also demonstrate sufficient English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS) and resources (WSU Certification of Financial Support) to support their graduate work while in the United States.  All of these items may be submitted in your application packet (test scores must come from the appropriate testing agency); or you may provide the TOEFL/IELTS and Certification of Financial Support after submitting your application materials.

Applications will be reviewed once the application, application fee and acceptable mark sheets or transcripts and degree certification are received.  If found admissible, the I-20 form will not be issued until an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score and WSU Certification of Financial Support are also received.

Graduate programs with the exception of Social Work, Nursing, and Physician Assistant will evaluate international applicants based upon offical transcripts or mark sheets through the equivalent of the 1st semester of the applicant's final year of study toward the degree.  In most instances, this will be the 7th semester of study.  For international students on a yearly program, this will be the 6th semester.

In such instances, applicants who are recommended for admission, and who have met all other admission requirements, (including the submission of an acceptable TOEFL/IELTS score and WSU Certification of Financial Support) will be notified of their admission and issued the I-20 form.  Students admitted in this manner, must provide the remaining transcript or mark sheet and the degree certification statement or diploma by the end of their first semester of enrollment as a graduate student at WSU.  Students who fail to meet this final requirement will be shown as "Out of Status" and will be reported to the university's Office of International Education.

Our Apply On-Line feature allows for the submission of your application and application fee.  An acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score report must be forwarded from the appropriate testing service office.  Official mark sheets or transcripts must be provided by your college or university.  All applications must also include a photocopy of the pages from your passport which shows your photo and your full name.  Your application should reflect your name as it appears on your passport.  If you do not yet hold a passport, the name you use on your application must match your name as it will appear on your passport.  All applicants without a passport at the time of application, must submit a passport size photo. You will also need to submit an acceptable WSU Certification of Financial Support form.  

Because of possible limitations in the number of faculty and available facilities, there are restrictions on the number of students admitted to some graduate programs and these limits may prevent some qualified students from being admitted.  Since departments having enrollment limitations generally take action on new applications in March for Fall admission, early application is recommended.  Check our deadlines page for additional information about deadlines for application, which could vary depending upon the program.

Express Mail Option - students who wish to pay an additional $60.00 may request their decision sent to them by express mail (usually FEDEX or DHL).  This fee is in addition to the application fee, and is completely optional.  It is not refundable, however.  Should a student be denied admission, the decision will be sent to the student by express mail.  If the student is admitted, the I-20 and admissions documents will be sent by express mail.  Please be aware that this option does NOT speed the processing of the application - it is only a means to have decision information sent to the student by express mail.  Students applying online can select the option to pay the application and express mailing fee at the same time.  Students applying by paper should send a check or money order for the full amount - $125 ($65 application fee and $60 express mail fee).  Students who have already applied and wish to now request that their decision be sent to them by express mail should either send in a check or money order for the fee amount ($60), or can visit our online payment site to pay by credit or debit card. 

English Proficiency Requirement:

English Proficiency is determined  by submission of EITHER acceptable TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or acceptable IELTS scores (International English Language Testing System).  Applicants must have an official copy of either their TOEFL scores or IELTS scores if their native language is not English.  Scores must not be more than two (2) years old.  The Internet-Based/Next Generation TOEFL score minimum requirement is 79.  A minimum score on the paper based TOEFL is 550.  The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is an overall band score of 6.5.  The following programs require a higher score:

 

Program   TOEFL (PBT)   TOEFL (IBT)   IELTS       
Aging Studies   575   88   7.0
Business    570    88   7.0
Communication    600    100   7.5 
Creative Writing    600    100   7.5 
English    600    100   7.5 
History    600    100   7.5 
Physical Therapy    600    100   7.5 
Public Administration    600    100   7.5 

 

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is administered through the Educational Testing Service located in Princeton, New Jersey.  Applicants wishing to have TOEFL scores sent to Wichita State University should use the WSU Institutional code of 6884.  Institutional TOEFL scores from institutions other than Wichita State University will not be accepted.  Please note that IELTS results must be sent to WSU directly from an IELTS Testing Center. We cannot accept any score report that was originally issued to the student.  Applicants who wish to enroll in WSU's Intensive English Program as part of the admission to graduate school, must apply directly to the Intensive English program and successfully achieve the required TOEFL/IELTS score before they will be allowed to enroll in their graduate program.  Please note that if you wish to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship position, it is preferable that you take the Internet Based TOEFL, as we use the Speaking portion of that exam (score of 23 or higher) to meet one of the spoken English proficiency requirement for those hired for GTA positions.

Certification of Financial Support form for International Graduate Students:

Immigration law requires documented evidence that students have sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of their educational program.  The Certification of Financial Support is the form Wichita State University uses to meet this requirement.  The form requires the signature of the applicant’s financial sponsor or sponsors and verification by each sponsor’s banking institution.  Please note that the figures stated on the Certification of Financial Support form are an estimate only and are subject to change.  If you are being awarded any financial aid from Wichita State University and the Graduate School has been notified, this information will be included on the I-20 or DS-2019 form.
 

 Information Regarding Transcripts from Foreign Institutions:

You are required to provide two copies of the official, confidential mark sheet or transcript for each institution (undergraduate and graduate) which you have attended.  Transcripts must be in confidential, signed-across-the-seal envelopes provided by the registrar at each institution. Mark sheets and transcripts must provide a listing, year-by-year, of all courses taken and the grade or marks received for each listing.  It is helpful to have the grading scale of the institution and the student's rank in class when such information is available.

Mark sheets or transcripts must bear an official signature in ink of the appropriate official of each institution, such as the Registrar or Recorder of Records.  The document must also bear the official seal.  If your college or university will not provide official academic documents, exact copies that have been verified as "Certified True Copies" by the appropriate institutional official of each institution will be acceptable.  All documents not in English must be accompanied by official English translations.  The translations must bear an official ink signature and seal.  Personal copies of academic records will not be accepted.

If your transcript or mark sheet does not indicate the award of a bachelor's degree or its four-year equivalent degree, official copies of your degree statement, provisional certificate, or diploma will be required.  The degree certification must include the date that the degree was awarded.

Links to helpful sites for international students:

WSU's Office of International Education
WSU's Intensive English Center
Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
Things to Remember When Applying for a Student Visa