International Students


Admission Requirements

Admission to Webster University is competitive.  Each applicant is reviewed individually to ascertain the fit between prior educational accomplishments and established academic expectations at Webster.  The University believes that success in prior academic work is the best foundation to ensure continued success at Webster.

Application Checklist

Below is a checklist of items necessary to complete the application process:


Students can apply to Webster University using the University's online application. Please note an application fee of $50 is required to complete the application.  

English Proficiency Scores

Students whose first language is not English are required to submit official English proficiency test scores from a recognized testing company. Webster University accepts a variety of standardized tests that measure English language proficiency. The most common are TOEFL and IELTS.  The minimum scores required for full acceptance to the University are listed below:

Graduate 575 (PBT) 89 (iBT) 6.5 61


Students can also validate English proficiency by demonstrating one or more of the following:

  • Successful completion of the ELS Language Center's English for Academic Purposes or ELS Language Center Level 112 (must have valid ELS 112 Certificate of Completion).
  • Successful completion of the University of Central Florida's Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies Intensive English Program (must have valid Certificate of Completion). 

Conditional Admission

Academically qualified students who are not yet proficient in English may be granted ESL-contingent acceptance and be placed into appropriate English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.  More information on the ESL program is available here.

Academic Credentials

For the purposes of admissions and transfer credit, an official document is a document that has been sent directly to Webster from the institution you attended.  The official transcript should contain grades for all coursework attempted, confirmation of graduation date (or expected graduation date), and confirmation of degree conferral (unless coursework is still in progress).  Also, if the transcript is not in English, a certified translation of the original transcript must be provided. 

Essay or Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV)

All international applicants are asked to submit a 300-500 word essay on a topic of their choice.  Most students take this opportunity to state why they would like to study at Webster University.  Students may also describe a special area of interest, experience or achievement.  Additionally, students may also submit a resume of relevant academic, extracurricular and professional experience. 

Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

All students must submit two letters of recommendation from a teacher, counselor and/or employer.  The letters should discuss your character and aptitude for university study.

Certification of Finances

The U.S. government requires proper documentation of finances for students to secure a valid student visa. Therefore, if accepted, students must submit valid financial documents demonstrating their ability to finance at least one year of their educational and living expenses at Webster University before a Form I-20 or DS-2019 will be issued and sent to them. They must also plan to meet expenses for subsequent years of study. We cannot issue the I-20 or DS-2019 until certification of finances has been submitted. Please note, financial documents must be dated at least six months from your intended beginning of the term.

For a list of costs for the current academic year, please see our Cost of Attendance/Scholarship information page. 

Students With Dependents: Married students or students with children should add an additional $4,500 for a spouse and $3,000 for each child traveling with them to the United States. For additional information, click on 'How to Bring My Dependent'.

Acceptable Financial Documents

The certification of finances must be officially translated into English and should show liquid or easily accessible funds such as:

  • Official bank statement(s) on bank letterhead issued directly from a bank showing the most current monthly statement with an ending balance. If the official bank statement(s) is/are from parents or sponsor it/they must be accompanied by a signed sponsor letter. Click on Sample Sponsor's Letter to view a sample.
  • Bank letter signed by a bank official stating you have sufficient funds in the bank. To view a sample, please click on Sample Bank Letter.
  • Signed official letter of approved loans
  • Government or other agencies’ scholarship letters stating either the full amount and/or items covered and the duration of the award.
  • Graduate assistantship or any other university offer letter from Webster University  

Unacceptable Financial Documents

The following financial documents are not acceptable

  • Verification of employment and annual salary statement
  • Online (internet) bank statements
  • Property or personal assets (land, buildings, jewelry, etc.)
  • Lines of credit or credit card statments
  • Investments, stocks, retirement accounts or other accounts from which money cannot be withdrawn

How to Submit the Certification Finance Documents?

Webster University will accept legible scanned or faxed copies of the original financial documents or the original financial documents. You can submit your financial documents to Webster University by one of these means:

  • Upload it to the online application
  • Mail the original documents to International Recruitment at: Webster University, Office of Admission, Attn: International Recruitment, 470 East Lockwood Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63119, U.S.A. or
  • Send scanned copy (in PDF or JPG format) to or faxed  copy to 1-314-246-7122.

Please note, Webster University retains the right to require an original financial document from you if further verification is needed.

Copy of Passport

Students must submit copies of their passports as well as copies of their dependent’s passports (if applicable). Submitting a copy of your passport is critical because it ensures that the name on your I-20 or DS-2019 matches the name on your passport as required by U.S. government.