Admission of International Students

International students must follow the steps listed below in order to get accepted at Washington Adventist University. This information also applies to students transferring from Student and Exchange Visitor (SEVIS) Program institutions as approved by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information: enroll@wau.edu or 301-891-4000.

  1. Apply online https://www.wau.edu/admissions-aid and click on International Applications.
  2. Submit transcripts Non-U.S. transcripts must be translated and evaluated through World Education Services | www.wes.org
  3. Submit language test score

Students whose first language is not English must provide either an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score for Admissions to review.

International students whose first language is English will be required to take the English Placement Test unless they have attended a U.S. college and earned a passing grade of “C” or higher in college-level English, or have a composite score of 800 (verbal and math) as a result of taking the SAT exam.

  1. Provide a letter of recommendation/character

The letter can be from an employer, teacher, member of the clergy, coach, mentor, or other individuals who know the applicant as a student or employee.

Note: After the Admissions review, students will receive an email with instructions on their next step.

  1. Financial Documents to Obtain Initial I-20

Based on who is taking the financial responsibility to cover the cost of the student attending Washington Adventist University, the following must be provided:

The financial proof is required from a non-U.S. sponsor (Sponsor is a parent or other family member who is not a U.S. citizen).

  • Copy of bank statement reflecting last six months of activity
  • Letter from bank branch manager confirming good standing and active account
  • Letter from the non-U.S. sponsor assuming financial responsibility with the amount that he/she will be contributing toward the cost of attendance per year

Financial proof required from a U.S. sponsor (Sponsor is a U.S. citizen.)

  • Copy of bank statement reflecting last six months of activity.
  • Letter from bank branch manager confirming good standing and active account
  • Letter from the sponsor assuming financial responsibility with the amount that he/she will be contributing toward the cost of attendance per year
  • Completion of I-134 USCIS form

Financial proof is required from a prospective student (Candidate who is eligible to attend WAU).

  • Copy of bank statement reflecting last six months of activity.
  • Letter from bank branch manager confirming good standing and active account
  • Letter from the student assuming financial responsibility with the amount that he/she will be contributing toward the cost of attendance per year.

After the Admissions and Financial Aid team reviews all financial documents, the Designated School Official (DSO) will release the student’s I-20 and Official Letter of Acceptance by mail. These documents will not be released to a family member or third party.

During the review, WAU will seek opportunities for potential scholarships based on talent, leadership, and academics or due to any Memorandum of Understanding with a student’s government, school, college, or employer.

  1. Consulate Visit

Obtaining your F1 Visa Once the Official Letter of Acceptance and initial I-20 are received, international students must visit their consulate to obtain an F1 student visa. WAU recommends students schedule their consulate appointment during the process of admission, since it may take a while to obtain an appointment.

  1. Confirmation/Escrow Deposit Before Registration

An escrow deposit of $2,000 must be submitted either by PayPal or by personal check or money order, mailed directly to WAU Accounting Department, 7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, MD, 20912

  1. Office of International Student Services

After escrow is paid and before travel arrangements are made to arrive on the WAU campus, please contact the Office of International Students Services. They will guide you and assist you in your next steps. For questions email internat@wau.edu.