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 as Webster.  The University believes that success in prior academic work is the best foundation to ensure continued success at Webster.

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


Students can apply to Webster University using the University's online application (we also accept the Common Application for freshmen applicants).  Additional admissions requirements are needed for Webster's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts.  Please note an application fee of $35  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 minimum scores required for full acceptance to the University are:

  TOEFL  IELTS Pearson
Undergraduate 550 (PBT) 80 (iBT) 6.0 53

 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.  

In lieu of submitting one of the English proficiency examinations above, students can demonstrate English proficiency (and be exempt from the test requirement) in any of the following ways:

  • Successful completion of at least one academic year of high school or college-level coursework conducted in English by a regionally accredited U.S. institution of learning (ESL coursework does not qualify toward the one full year exception)
  • 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 (CMMS) Intensive English Program (must have valid completion certificate)

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. 

Undergraduate Students: For students applying directly from secondary school, please see here for information on the expected credentials for first-time freshmen to Webster University.  Webster offers advanced standing credit to  undergraduate students who successfully complete the programs.  For complete list and regulations regarding transfer credit, please see the advanced standing credit requirements website.


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

Acceptable Financial Documents

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

  • Banks statement(s) from student, parents or from other individuals showing the most current monthly statement with an ending balance.
  • Bank letter stating you have sufficient funds in the bank. To view a sample, please click on Sample Bank Letter.
  • Sponsor's letter accompanied by bank statement (s). Click on Sample Sponsor's Letter to view a sample.
  • 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
  • Property or personal assets (land, buildings, jewelry, etc.)
  • Lines of credit
  • Investments, stocks, retirement accounts or other accounts from which money cannot be withdrawn

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. 

Submitting Documents

 You can submit your documents 4 ways:

  1. Online: Upload it to the online application portal (perferred)
  2. Email: Send a scanned copy (in PDF or JPG format) to
  3. Fax: Fax a copy to 1-314-246-7122
  4. Mail: Ship it through a secured vendor (DHL, FedEx, UPS) or regular Postal Mail.  Use this address: 
    Webster University, Office of Admissions
    Attn: International Recruitment
    40 Rock Hill Road
    Webster Groves, MO 63119