This process starts after you have been accepted by WAU. International Students need to give evidence of their ability to meet all financial obligations to the College during the proposed course of study, in order to receive the I-20 form, and thus, a student visa.
Step 1. You must be accepted as a student at Washington Adventist University
Step 2. You must submit a completed Certificate of Financial Responsibility form.
Step 3. You must present the bank statements of your financial sponsor.
Step 4. You must pay the escrow deposit of $1000 (students from Canada, Bermuda and Bahamas are exempt from escrow deposit). This is a refundable deposit.
The I-20 form will be issued by WAU when all the above have been submitted to the Admissions Office at WAU. This I-20 form is essential to your being issued a student visa by the U.S. Embassy in your country of citizenship. THE I-20 DOCUMENT IS NOT A STUDENT VISA. THE ABOVE DOCUMENTATION INCLUDING: BANK STATEMENTS, I-20 FORM, CERTIFICATE OF FINANCE AND OR AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT, WILL BE NECCESSARY FOR YOUR BEING CONSIDERED FOR A STUDENT VISA AND SHOULD BE PRESENTED TO THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN.
Applicants whose education has been completed in countries other than the United States will be considered for acceptance when they:
Step 1. Complete the WAU application, either online or by sending a hard (paper) copy to Washington Adventist University.
Step 2. Submit official transcripts in the original language (together with official English translations when necessary) or your O/A level exam certificates.
The admissions policy requires transcripts from educational institutions outside the U.S.––to be evaluated by an external evaluating agency. The transcripts must be sent directly to the external agency for evaluation. Request the agency to send a copy of the evaluated document to the Admissions Office at WAU.
Following are the Foreign Transcript Evaluating agencies:
World Educational Services, Inc.
P. O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Telephone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 966-6395
Step 3. Submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP) if English is not the applicant’s native language.
Students whose native language is not English need to submit test results for Test of English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Michigan Test for English Language Proficiency (MTELP). The following scores will be used to determine the admission status. All test scores must directly be sent by the testing agency to the Admissions Office at WAU.
TOEFL (Computer-based Test)
213 > Non restricted admission
173-210 Restricted admission
<173 English Language Program
TOEFL (Paper based Test)
550 > Non-restricted admission
500-549 Redistricted admission
<500 English Language Program
Step 4. Submit a recommendation
A character recommendation from an adult preferably your Church Pastor, School Counselor, Employer, or an Elder of your community. Recommendations from relatives and friends are not acceptable.
Are you dreaming about coming to the States to study? Every year, thousands of students, just like you, from all over the world, act on that dream and come to the U.S. to attend university. Every year, many international students end up with us at WAU. This is the page where we help you find out how to make that dream of a U.S. education a reality, at Washington Adventist University.
English Language Proficiency
Our Christian Campus
International Student Packet: Undergraduate
International Student Packet: Graduate
International Student Services
Studying in the United States is an exciting opportunity that will change your life in a way few other decisions could. If you are an adventurous, well-prepared student, who wants to “stretch your wings” and reach your full potential, this could very well be a great moment in your life.
Applying to a school in the United States also requires a few extra considerations, beyond those faced by students who that these additional features may make the application process seem complex.
However, since you are an important student population to us, we’ve assembled the information you will need to know—and to make it as simple and accessible as possible.
The processes involved in becoming a WAU student
There are 3 (three) processes that are necessary for you to complete in order to become a WAU student.
You must be accepted as a student at WAU after going through the Admissions Process.
You must obtain a student visa from the American Embassy in your country of citizenship through the I-20 Process.
You must register for classes at Washington Adventist University through the Registration Process.
Students who don’t speak English as a first language will need to demonstrate the ability to pursue studies in the English language.
This can be done by passing the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), which is available in most countries.
All Washington Adventist University undergraduate programs require a 550 on the TOEFL (on paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) in order to fulfill the English language requirement (for unrestricted status).