International Applicants

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.

Application requirements for international applicants are the same as first-year students.

Additionally, proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants for whom English is not their native language. English language proficiency can be demonstrated by submitting official test results directly from an in-person administration of TOEFL iBT or IELTS.  It is strongly recommended that applicants satisfy English language proficiency through either of these methods.  If an applicant is unable to access these tests, then the results from TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, TOEFL ITP Plus for China exam, or the Duolingo English Test (DET) will be accepted.

If an applicant meets one or more of the following criteria, the English proficiency requirement may be waived:

  • English is a native language and spoken in the home environment;
  • A 620 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing subsection or a 27 on the ACT Reading subsection is achieved; or
  • Enrollment for more than three consecutive years at an American or International School where English is the primary language of instruction.

Financial documentation

Admission for first-year international students (non-U.S. Citizens or permanent residents) is need-aware, which means that an applicant's ability to pay for their education may be a factor in the admission decision. All international applicants are required to submit the Certification of Finances Form and a recent bank statement or letter through their Applicant Status Portal after submitting the Common Application. These documents must be submitted at that time in order for an application to be considered complete.

International transfer students are required to submit the following:

  • Common Application OR Villanova Transfer Application including essay and application fee
  • Secondary school academic records (official English translation required).
  • Transfer College Report form from the Common Application
  • University academic records (official English translation required).
  • 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) - please refer to the section above under First-Year Students for alternate options.

Villanova Univesity does not offer need-based financial assistance for transfer international students.

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.

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Common Application

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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.