International Students

Every summer, dozens of students from all across the world participate in our programs. We love the cultural diversity and opportunities for international exchange that these students bring to our programs.

We consider international students to be any student:

  • without a U.S. passport who lives outside the United States.
  • or a student who is attending school in the United States on a visa.

International students are welcome to apply to any of our programs. We have the same application for both domestic and international applicants, though we do require proof of English proficiency for international students.


English Proficiency

We require that international students provide documentation of their ability to complete coursework in English. We will accept any of the following English language test scores:

  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 90.
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5.
  • Duolingo with a minimum score of 115.

Score reports must be from within the past year and sent to our office, along with other supplemental information, as follows:

  • TOEFL score sent via the ETS website using the Washington University institution code of 6929 and select "Undergraduate." We do not accept scanned/emailed TOEFL score reports.
  • IELTS score report emailed to
  • Duolingo score report emailed to

The SAT or ACT cannot be used in place of the TOEFL, IETLS, or Duolingo score report. 

The TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo requirement is waived for citizens of Australia, Cameroon, Commonwealth Caribbean nations, Ghana, India, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. It may also be waived for international students currently studying in the United States.

Student Visas

We only offer student visas to our High School Summer Scholars Program. Students applying to any of our other programs should contact the United States consulate in their home country to determine if they need a visa, and what type of visa needs to be issued to participate in these programs. We can provide students with a formal invitation letter if needed.  

Scholarship Assistance

We do offer scholarship assistance for international students. Students applying for a scholarship need to provide official documentation, in English, of their parents' total yearly income. This can include a letter from your parents' employers or other official government documentation. Scholarships do not cover travel to and from the program, personal expenses, or textbooks. 

Health Insurance

All international students are required to have health insurance written by a company in the United States. Check any health insurance very carefully to be sure that it meets the criteria. One online option we recommend is StudyUSA-Healthcare from Travel Insure. Be sure to purchase short-term medical insurance, not to be confused with “travel insurance.” Please note that, whatever company students use it must have a U.S. mailing address and phone number.

Cell Phones

We require that all residential students have a cell phone with a United States phone number. This includes international students. Students must provide this number at check-in for the program.

Tuberculosis (TB) Test

We require one tuberculosis test (PPD skin test or blood test such as T-spot or Quantiferon gold) in the past six months for students at high risk of tuberculosis. High risk for tuberculosis includes: foreign born from a high-prevalence country; travel for more than two months to a high-prevalence country; contact with active tuberculosis; HIV positive; suppressed immune system from illness or medication (e.g., organ transplant, prednisone treatment); medical conditions such as diabetes, cancer or kidney failure; body weight 10% or more below ideal body weight; work in prison, nursing home, homeless shelter or hospital; work in lab with mycobacteria; history of abnormal chest X-ray.

The U.S. Department of Health does not recognize the BCG vaccine as being an effective vaccine for TB. Therefore, we do not accept the BCG as proof that a student is free of TB. Unfortunately, the BCG vaccine causes individuals to test positive on a TB skin test. If a student has had the BCG vaccine, students will need to have a chest x-ray, and then indicate on their medical form that the x-ray shows no signs of TB.