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International Student & Scholar Services

The Office of International Programs receives and processes initial applications from international students/scholars, and issues immigration documents for their visa applications. After the students/scholars arrive on campus, the Office supports them in their social and academic growth, as well as providing advice on US immigration rules and regulations.

Admission Requirements for:

Washburn offers several Bachelor/Undergraduate degree programs.  Students applying for admission to an undergraduate program must submit the following to the Office of International Programs:

ESL (English as a Second Language) Students

If you are applying to Washburn to study only Intensive English, you are NOT required to submit  an original transcript or an iBT TOEFL or IELTS score report.

Washburn offers several Graduate/Master Degrees.  Students applying for admission to a graduate program must complete the admissions process through the Office of International Programs and the academic department of the graduate program in which they are interested.

Please submit the following to the Office of International Programs:

Note:  If your undergraduate degree was completed outside of the U.S., you must request a course-by-course evaluation of the transcripts by either ECE  (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.) or WES (World Education Services), and an original evaluation report must be sent to Washburn by that evaluation service.

In general, students applying for a graduate program must also submit the following to the academic department:

  • $40 graduate program application fee – payable through the on-line graduate application form
  • Official graduate test score results from GRE, GMAT or LSAT, depending on the graduate program
  • Two or three letters of recommendation

For specific details regarding the graduate program application process and eligibility, please contact the academic department directly. 

Students who are already studying in the U.S. on an F-1 visa and would like to apply for transfer student admission to Washburn must submit the following:

  • International Online Application for Admission
  • Signed and Completed Financial Disclaimer Form
  • Original Financial supporting documents, such as a current bank statement
  • USD $70 non-refundable application/processing fee.  Payment options include TouchNet, money order, or bank check payable to Washburn University.
  • iBT TOEFL or IELTS score report if applying for full admission. Go to English Proficiency Requirements for more details.  Note:  Applicants with low or without iBT TOEFL/IELTS can be admitted into the Intensive English Program first.
  • Copies of your current Form I-20 (pages 1 and 2)  current F-1 visa and passport I.D./picture page
  • The Transfer Eligibility Form, completed by you and an international student advisor at your current university/college/language program.
  • Official transcripts of courses/grades, sent by your current US university/college/language program directly to the Office of International Programs.  See Transcript Requirements for more details.

Exchange students are students who are currently attending one of Washburn's partner universities, will attend Washburn for a one or two-semester exchange program, and then return to their home country to continue their studies. 

Students may be required to submit additional documents to their home university to study on exchange at Washburn, so they should check with the international office at their home university for more details.

Exchange students need to submit the following to the Office of International Programs:

Important Dates: Fall Semester 2018

October 20 - 23:  Fall Break

November 15:  Application deadline for Spring 2019 semester admission

November 21 - 25:  Thanksgiving Break

December 10 - 14:  Finals Week

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International Student Viewbook

View the Washburn University International Programs Viewbook.  (Click here for Chinese translation) 

This helpful guide covers the following topics:

  • Application Process
  • Tuition & Fees
  • Scholarships
  • Academic Programs
  • Student Life

For  current F-1 students at Washburn:

Change of Status – these forms explain the process of applying to the USCIS for a change to your current Immigration status from:

Concurrent Enrollment Form – for students who are taking courses at WU and another U.S. university at the same time 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an immigration benefit for eligible F-1 students who are planning to participate in an off-campus internship.  Both of the forms below are required to complete.

Diploma Mailing Address Form
 for graduating students who wish to have the Office of International Programs mail their diploma to their home country address by FedEx.  The mailing fee is $50.

Health Insurance Waiver Request Form – for students who already have a health insurance policy equal to Washburn’s and want to apply for a waiver of the Washburn policy.

Non-Inclusion Waiver Form - for students who have completed some university credit in their home country but do not wish to transfer any of this credit to Washburn.

Off-Campus Employment Based on Severe Economic Hardship – for students experiencing financial difficulty due to circumstances beyond their control

Optional Practical Training (OPT) - Immigration benefit available to qualified F-1 students which allows them to gain practical experience in their field of study before (Pre-Completion OPT) or after (Post-Completion OPT) graduation.

Payment Options at Washburn - Please click on this link to learn more about payment options for tuition and on-campus housing, including more information about Flywire, for international bank/wire transfers.

Program Extension Request Form – for students who are requesting an extension of the end date of their current Form I-20

Reduced Course Load Request Form – for students requesting to enroll in less than a full-time course load during the current semester

Reinstatement – for students who have failed to maintain their F-1 status and want to apply to the US CIS to regain their F-1 status

Transfer Out Online Form – for current WU international students who wish to transfer out to another U.S. university.  Please also submit a copy of your acceptance letter to the new university to the Office of International Programs.

If you wish to request a letter or certificate to be prepared by the Office of International Programs, you may do so by completing our online request form. Please be aware that requests usually take two days to process.  The Office of International Programs will contact you at your WU e-mail address when the letter/certificate is ready to pick up, or we will scan the letter/certificate to you, if requested.

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After you have read and understood the admission information and are ready to submit an application, you may apply online by choosing an application below. 

Application Deadlines:

Fall (beginning mid-August) -- June 15
Summer (beginning end of May) -- April 1
Spring (beginning mid-January) -- November 15

GET IN TOUCH WITH International Programs

Office of International Programs
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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