English Language Requirements

In addition to the online application and $50 application fee that must be submitted, international students must provide the following English Language material(s) in order to be considered for admission:

1. TOEFL or IELTS Scores
2. Credential Evaluation


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.

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 this website. There is an ELS Center very near Villanova University in Philadelphia, at St. Joseph’s University. Click here for more information.

Credential evaluation

Villanova’s Graduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 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.

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 “[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.

"Villanova has given me invaluable opportunities to conduct independent research and has prepared me for earning a PhD degree. As a first year, I've already presented posters at several conferences and I am involved in three different projects. I made the right decision coming to Villanova." - Joy (Yaeeun) Lee, Master of Arts, Psychology, Republic of Korea.

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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.