Application Process for Undergraduate International Students

Admission Overview for Undergraduate International Students

Villanova is home to students from all around the world, where more than sixty different countries are represented at the undergraduate level. Additionally, over eighteen percent of our graduate students come to our community from abroad. An "international student" is one that is not a United States citizen or permanent resident (green card holder) and requires a student visa (F-1 or J-1) to study in the United States. U.S. citizens and permanent residents residing abroad will be reviewed by the international admission staff.

First-Year Students

First-year students are required to submit the following:

  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). For TOEFL, a 577 on the paper-based test or 90 on the iBT is required. For IELTS, applicants should score at least a 6.5.
  2. A score of 620 on the new, redesigned SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section.

If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may request a waiver of the English proficiency examination requirement (IELTS, TOEFL) by emailing

  • You are a native speaker of English in your home environment.
  • You completed three or more years of secondary education at an American or International School where English is the primary language of instruction.
Admission for first-year international students is need-aware, which means your family’s ability to pay for your education may be a factor in your admission decision.
This means that you are required to submit financial documentation at the time of admission consideration in order for your application to be considered complete. The Certification of Finances Form and bank letter can be submitted through your applicant status portal after you submit your Common Application.

International Transfer Students

International transfer students are required to submit the following:

  • On-line Transfer Application, essay and application fee
  • Official secondary school academic records*
  • Transfer College Report form from the Common Application
  • Official university academic records*
  • Official standardized test scores (SAT and/or ACT).  The writing section for either test is not required.
  • Non-native English speakers must also submit official test scores (TOEFL or IELTS)

It is important to note that Villanova does not offer need-based financial assistance for transfer international students.

Academic Records

All documents submitted must be official and in the original language. An official copy is one that bears the original signature of the Registrar or other designated school official, an original impression of the institution's seal and/or the signature or seal of the examining board. In certain cases, "certified" or "notarized" copies may be submitted.

Documents not in English must be accompanied by an official translation in order to be reviewed.

Secondary School Records

Secondary school records are required for all first-year and transfer applicants. Transcripts of course work and grades/marks are required for the equivalent of secondary school study. Records should list subjects studied each year and the mark or grade of proficiency earned in each. A key to the marking system with minimum passing mark should be included. If you complete secondary school in a country where a national secondary school leaving examination is administered, you will be required to provide the official results of the examination or predicted marks if the exams have not yet been administered.

You must submit the Certification of Finances Form (found in your Applicant Status Page) and bank letter at the time of admission consideration.  The Form I-20, which is required by the Department of Homeland Security, is issued to admitted and enrolled students so they may apply for the F-1 visa.

Be sure your name on your application matches your name on your secondary school records.

Additional Information:

Villanova University does not provide admission interviews to applicants. However, if you have completed an interview with an outside interview service such as InitialView or Vericant, you may request that your interview be sent to Villanova to be considered with your application.

Additionally, if you are a student residing outside the United States and would like to have your questions answered by a current Villanova international student, please contact Alison Herget, Associate Director of International Admission, at

Please pay the non-refundable application fee of eighty U.S. dollars ($80) at the time of application.  You may pay in the form of a bank draft/check drawn on a U.S. bank or with an international postal money order in U.S. dollars made out to Villanova University or by credit card. Please do not send cash.

Please Note: admission decisions of completed applications will be released around December 15 for Early Decision, around December 20 for Early Action and around March 30 for Regular Decision.

Villanova Worldwide

Each year, Villanova University travels around the world meeting with prospective students and their families. This may be done through high school visits, university fairs or at advising centers.

Helpful Facts

First-year undergraduate international students are eligible to be considered for limited need-based aid, merit based scholarships, and athletic scholarships. Students may also apply for loans and participate in the University's tuition payment plan. For more information, please visit the Financial Assistance website.