International Student Admissions

There is much to consider when applying to graduate school. On this page, you will find general information about Villanova’s:

How Do I Apply?

The entire application process is done online, and it is easy to do. Start by going here. On this page. you will be able to find admission requirements for each program, create an account, start an application or resume working on your application, and check the status of your submitted application.

Deadlines for International Applicants

Typically, international students must obtain an I-20 and then a visa to become enrolled students in the U.S. Due to the processing time associated with these necessary tasks, Villanova strongly recommends that International Students follow these earlier application deadlines:

Fall Entry - Complete application by May 1.  Scholarship and assistantship deadlines may be earlier than this, such as February 1 or March 1. Be sure to review your respective program's website.

Spring Entry - Complete application by October 15

Summer Entry - Complete application by April 1

If you are already in the U.S. and are transferring from another U.S. Master's Program, later applications may be permitted. Speak to the Program Director and Graduate Studies for more information on transferring.

What Does Villanova Cost?

Graduate tuition in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is charged on a per-credit basis; in 2014-2015, the cost is $720 per credit. There is a $50 annual fee. Two types of competitive, merit-based funding are available for matriculated degree-seeking students who are studying full-time: Tuition Scholarships, which provide tuition remission for the total number of courses required for the degree; and Graduate Assistantships, which include a stipend along with tuition remission.  International students are eligible to apply for this funding. Click here for more information.

Requirements for International Applicants

Students must fill out the online application and submit a $50 application fee.  International students must provide the following additional materials in order to be considered for admission:

1. TOEFL or IELTS scores.  Villanova University requires international applicants to demonstrate their proficiency in English. For the TOEFL, we require a score of 80 on the internet-based test, and 6.5 for the IELTS. More information about the TOEFL test can be obtained here. More information about IELTS can be obtained here. IELTS scores must be sent directly from the British Council.
Please Note: Unofficial TOEFL scores may be submitted and will be accepted once Graduate Studies has verified them through ETS. Please contact the Graduate Studies Office for more information.

Another way to demonstrate proficiency in English is to study at an ELS Center.  If you meet all of our admissions requirements, you may receive a Conditional Letter of Acceptance until you have successfully completed the ELS Level 112 English for Academic Purposes. For more information about the English language programs offered by ELS, visit their website. There is an ELS Center very near Villanova University in Philadelphia, at St. Joseph’s University; its web address is

2. Credential evaluation. Villanova requires that transcripts from colleges and universities outside the U.S. and Canada undergo a course-by-course analysis by an expert academic credential evaluator in the United States. Students are responsible for paying all fees for such evaluations and must make arrangements with the credential evaluation company to send and receive their documents. The fee is approximately $160. Villanova recommends the members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) as acceptable evaluators. Information about NACES can be found here.

3. Official transcripts. Transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended are required.

**Financial certification must be provided upon offer of admission. Official financial certification in the amount of $22,000 (amount subject to change) which covers tuition and living expenses for 1 academic year is a requirement for all international students in need of an F1 Visa. 

Academic Calendar

Villanova operates on the standard semester system, with courses offered in the fall, spring, and summer. The fall term begins around August 24, with orientation for incoming students a few days before classes start, and ends around December 20. Classes resume for the spring term in mid-January, ending in May. Many programs also offer summer classes during June and July. Most courses are three credits each, and a full-time student generally takes 6 to 9 credits per term. For the complete academic calendar click here.

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Student Testimonial

“Classes are usually very small, so there is always an opportunity for individual work with professors.” – Tatjana Prsa, Slovenia, Master of Science, Biology.

 [Villanova] is allowing me to follow my dream of earning my Ph.D. and becoming a well-known scholar in the communication field. …. I am so excited to be part of the Villanova family now! - Marianela Nunez, Dominican Republic, Master of Arts, Communication.

“I believe my time in Villanova to be the continuation of my pursuit of education with an aim to free myself from induced and self-imposed ignorance.” - Shishav Parajuli, Nepal, Master of Arts, Political Science.

International Student Advisor

The Office of International Student Services is provided by the University to aid foreign students in becoming oriented to the University and the community. International Students may also use the office for aid with U.S. immigration requirements, and for assistance in using the facilities of the University. Contact Hubert Whan Tong by email or telephone the Office of International Students 610-519-8017.

All foreign students must register with the Office of International Student Services each semester. Any change of address must be reported immediately.