International Student Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions | Webster University

International Student Admissions: Frequently Asked Questions

Application

Tuition & Scholarships

English Proficiency

Academic Transcripts & Translations

Essay, Resume, & Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Letters of Recommendation

Certificate of Finances

Passport Information

Transfer Students

Submitting Application Documents




Application


What does Webster University look for in an application?
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.  Prior academic success is the best foundation to ensure continued success at Webster.

Where can I find the application?
Students can apply to Webster University using the University's online application. Undergraduate freshmen can also apply using the Common Application.  To submit the application, there is a required application fee of $35 for undergraduates and $50 for graduates.

Is there a deadline for applying to Webster University?
Yes, the deadlines to apply to Webster University as an international student are typically approximately 6 weeks before the first day of classes for each term. These dates vary depending on academic level and program. See exact deadlines here: Undergraduate | Graduate

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Tuition & Scholarships


What is the cost of attending Webster University?
Students can see the most up-to-date information regarding tuition at the Cost of Attendance Page: Undergraduate | Graduate

Are there any scholarships available for international students?
For undergraduates, yes, there are scholarships for international students. All details about applying and eligibility are listed on the Cost of Attendance/Scholarship webpage: Undergraduate

For graduates, unfortunately no, there are no scholarships available through the university. On-campus employment can help with a small portion of the cost of living, and limited, competitive graduate assistantships provide partial tuition remission to students hired for those positions.

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English Proficiency


What English Proficiency Score is required for full entry into Webster University?
The minimum scores required for full acceptance to the University are:

  TOEFL IELTS Pearson
Undergraduate 550 (PBT) 80 (iBT) 6.0 53
Graduate 575 (PBT) 80 (iBT) 6.5 53


What if I do not meet the minimum English Proficiency score?
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.

Are there any other methods to prove English proficiency besides TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson?
Instead of submitting English Proficiency Scores from TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson, students can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Successfully complete at least 1 academic year of high school or college-level coursework in English by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university (Note: ESL coursework does not apply to this exception).
  • Successfully complete ELS Language Center's “English for Academic Purposes” or ELS Language Center “Level 112.” Students will need to show the Graduation Certificate for either of the classes.
  • Successfully complete the University of Central Florida's Center for Multilingual Multicultural Studies (CMMS) Intensive English Program. Students will need to show the completion certificate.

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Academic Transcripts & Translations


What information should an Academic Transcript contain?
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, arriving at Webster in a sealed envelope.  The official transcript should contain:

  • A list of all courses completed
  • Grades for all coursework attempted
  • Credit earned for all coursework attempted
  • Confirmation of graduation date (or expected graduation date)
  • Confirmation of degree conferral (unless coursework is still in progress)

Some countries do not list confirmation of graduation date or degree conferral on transcripts. In this case, students should turn in both a transcript and a diploma.

If the transcript is not in English, a certified translation of the original transcript must be provided.

 

What is a “certified” translation?
It is important that documents are translated by a certified individual. Since translated documents are actually specific kind of legal document, it is critical they are accurate and without error. This means students cannot have their friend or university professor translate the documents. It needs to be an individual who has training and is a professional translator.

For a document to be “certified,” the translation should include a signed statement confirming that the translation into English is accurate and complete to the best of the translator’s knowledge and ability. Sometimes, a company will then get a notary public to approve and seal the document.

Where can a student find a certified translator?
Students can search for translators on the internet. Before they hire the translator, they should ask the company if they have the ability to certify their translations. This should be done before students submit documents and payment.

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Essay & Resume


What should a student write about in the essay?
The essay can be on a topic of your choice. Most students talk about why they would like to study at Webster University. You may also describe a special area of interest, experience or achievement. Just remember that it should be 300-500 words in length.

What should a resume emphasize?
Instead of an essay, students may choose to submit a resume of relevant academic, extracurricular and professional experience.

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Letters of Recommendation


Who should write a letter of recommendation?
Teachers, counselors and/or employees should write the letters of recommendation. It is good to get different types of people to write the letters, i.e.: 1 teacher and 1 coach or employer.

What should the letter of recommendation include?

The content of the letters should include:

  • An explanation of how the writer know the applicant and the duration of their relationship.
  • An evaluation of the applicant, their skills/accomplishments. If possible, offer specific examples that illustrate the applicant’s strengths and qualifications. These examples should be brief but detailed.
  • A summary that explains why the writer would recommend the applicant for higher education and to what degree they would recommend them.​

Other requirements for the letters:

  • Letters should state the applicant’s full name in the 1st paragraph.
  • Letters should be typewritten or word-processed.
  • Letters should be printed on professional letterhead.
  • Letters must include the writer’s signature. Please use blue or black ink.
  • Letters must include identifying personal information of the writer: full name, title, institution, mailing address, telephone number and email address.

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Certificate of Finances


What is a Certification of Finances?
The U.S. government requires proof that you have the funds for at least the first year in the United States. The Certificate of Finances is this proof.

Once we have verified that you have enough money to cover the cost of 1 academic year, we will issue an I-20 (for F-1 students). Please note that we retain the right to require an original financial document from you if further verification is needed.

How much money should the certificate of finances cover?
Student’s certificate of finances should cover costs for both studies and living expenses (including housing, food, clothing, activities, medicine, and other personal costs) for at least 1 academic year at Webster University. For a list of costs for the current academic year, please see our Cost of Attendance pages: Undergraduate | Graduate

If you plan to bring dependent family members with you, there is an additional cost per year of $4,500 for a spouse and $3,000 for each child. We will also need to receive proof of relationship (such as copy of marriage certificate and/or birth certificate) and a dependent request form. See How to Bring My Dependent for details.

What is an acceptable financial document?
The Certificate 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. Sample Bank Letter.
  • Sponsor's letter accompanied by bank statement (s). Sample Sponsor's Letter.
  • Official letter of approved loans
  • Government or other agencies’ scholarship letters showing 1) the scholarship amount, 2) items covered, and 3) duration of the award.
  • Graduate assistantship or any other university offer letter from Webster University

Financial documents must be dated no more than six months before the start of your first term.

What are 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

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Passport Information


Why is the passport copy needed?
Submitting a copy of your passport is critical because it ensures that your name on your I-20 exactly matches your name on your passport.

Note: Your passport must be valid for at least your first 6 months in the United States. You can then work with your Embassy or Consulate to get it renewed.

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Transfer Students


What should I do if I’m applying as a transfer student?
Transfer students will first submit their application and all other required documents: official transcripts from your previous degree as well as from your current studies, statement of purpose or resume, letters of recommendation, and ESL-proficiency scores. If you have successfully completed one year of studies at a regionally-accredited U.S. university, the ESL-proficiency requirement can be waived.

For the Certification of Finances, it’s important that the financial documents be updated, meaning that they were issued no more than six months before the starting date of the term you’re applying for. An admission decision cannot be made for a transfer student before Webster has received the financial documents.

After being accepted, Webster will give you more details about how to work with your current international student advisor (your DSO) to transfer your record to Webster. They will have to certify that you are a student in good standing and that you do not owe the institution any money before Webster will authorize transferring your record. You will receive your I-20 from Webster after you have attended the New International Student Orientation at the beginning of term, which includes the required Immigration Check-In.

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Submitting Your Application Documents


How can I submit all of my application documents?
You can submit your documents 3 ways:

  1. Online: Upload it to the online application portal (preferred)
  2. Email: Send a scanned copy (in PDF or JPG format) to intlstudy@webster.edu
  3. 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

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