Apply as an International Student


Westminster College recommends that you begin the application process at least 4 months before the term you wish to attend to ensure that all documents and materials for application are received by the Office of Admissions.

Recommend Timeline for Undergraduate International Students

A recommend admission timeline is provided to international students due to the many steps related to the visa process that you will take after being admitted. Following the admission timeline and then completing admitted student steps on time will allow you to apply for a visa and arrive in Utah for orientation.

Fall Entry

  • By Dec. 1: Submit application and supporting documents
  • By May 1: Pay enrollment deposit (after being accepted)

Spring Entry

  • By Sept. 15: Submit application and supporting documents
  • By Oct. 15: Pay enrollment deposit (after being accepted)

Recommend Timeline for Graduate International Students

Each graduate program has specific admission requirements and deadlines. You should reference those deadlines to help you plan for all of the steps you will take to apply to Westminster and steps you will need to take following admission.

For the visa process, the International Admissions Office recommends that you submit I-20 paperwork by October 15 for fall entry or by April 15 for spring entry. Questions about visa processes can be directed to the International Admissions Office (801.832.2200 or international@westminstercollege.edu). Questions about individual graduate program applications and requirements can be directed to the Graduate Admissions Office (801.832.2201 or gradadmissions@westminstercollege.edu).

What Type of Application is Required?

  • First-year: You are coming to Westminster from high school
  • Transfer: You are coming to Westminster from another college or university
  • Exchange: You are coming to Westminster for a short-term study program
  • Graduate: You are coming to Westminster for a master's-level program

Application Instructions and Requirements

Application Steps

1. Application Form

Apply for admission to Westminster. Keep in mind that your application will not be reviewed until you have completed step 2.

2. Supporting Documents

Once you've submitted your Westminster application, complete the following items that will appear in your application checklist. The International Admissions team will update the status of each checklist item as they are received.

  • Submit your test scores from 1 of the following standardized tests: TOEFL, IELTS SAT, or ACT. Contact the International Admissions Office for English proficiency qualifying scores and exemptions (801.832.2200 or international@westminstercollege.edu).
  • Submit your high school transcript with at least 3 years of results.
  • Submit your CSS profile. Attending a U.S. college can be expensive. Your CSS profile helps the International Admissions team determine if Westminster is the right financial fit for you and if the college can support your financial need.

Application Steps

1. Application Form

Apply for admission to Westminster. Keep in mind that your application will not be reviewed until you have completed step 2.

2. Supporting Documents

Once you've submitted your Westminster application, complete the following items that will appear in your application checklist. The International Admissions team will update the status of each checklist item as they are received.

  • Submit your university transcript(s) from all institutions attended:
    • From U.S. Schools: Order an official electronic transcript to be sent to the Office of Admissions at Westminster College.
    • From Schools Outside of the U.S.: Upload your university transcript to the application portal and order a course-by-course transcript evaluation completed by a NACES-approved organization, for example, Spantran. Students who attend English speaking universities or colleges in Canada do not need to complete a NACES evaluation.
  • Submit your CSS profile. Attending a U.S. college can be expensive. Your CSS profile helps the International Admissions team determine if Westminster is the right financial fit for you and if the college can support your financial need.

After you submit your application and all supporting documents, the International Admissions team will review your transcript and may require you to take additional steps to meet the English proficiency requirement.

Contact the International Admissions Office for questions about the English proficiency requirement (801.832.2200 or international@westminstercollege.edu).

Westminster accepts students from its partner institutions on an exchange basis. Tuition is waived for exchange students but housing and meal expenses along with international health insurance is the responsibility of the student. Exchange students will be issued a DS-2019 form which enables the student to apply for a J-1 visa. Exchange students from the following partner institutions may apply using the exchange student application.

  • htw saar, Germany
  • University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland
  • Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga, Colombia

Westminster is also a member of the International Student Exchange Program International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). International students interested in attending Westminster through ISEP should contact the ISEP coordinator on their home campus.

Admissions/Enrollment Process

The Office for Global Engagement supports all exchange students through the admission and enrollment process. Email Alison Vásquez (avasquez@westminstercollege.edu) any questions.

Admission Steps

  1. The exchange coordinator at your home institution must send a nomination email to Westminster’s Office for Global Engagement.
  2. Complete the International Exchange Application.
  3. Upload additional materials to the International Exchange Application:
    • Official transcript in English or with an official English translation of all colleges/universities attended
    • Statement of Financial Responsibility and evidence of adequate financial support to cover the total cost of attendance for the duration of the exchange
    • Evidence of English language proficiency from one of the following standardized tests: Duolingo, TOEFL, or IELTS
    • Photocopy of the identification page of your passport

Application Deadlines

  • May 1 for fall semester (August–December)
  • October 15 for spring semester (January–April)

International graduate students are not eligible to study in the following programs, due to their heavily online program format:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice - Nurse Anesthesia (DNP-NA)
  • Master of Strategic Communication (MSC)
  • Project-Based Master of Business Administration (PMBA)

Required Materials

All graduate programs at Westminster require a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants will need to submit official transcripts from each college or university they have earned credit from.

International students must provide the following to be considered for admission:

  1. Official Transcripts From All Universities and Colleges Attended

Official foreign university transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES member organization (examples: World Education Services or Spantran) for course by course evaluation services. Students who attended English speaking universities or colleges in Canada do not need to complete a NACES evaluation.

  1. Proof of English Language Proficiency

All applicants, regardless of citizenship status, must demonstrate proficiency in English to be admitted to any Westminster graduate program. To fulfill this requirement, you must meet one of the following criteria: 

    1. Earned a high school diploma, associate of arts, associate of science, bachelor's degree, or higher from an accredited U.S. high school, college, or university.
    2. Completed the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in an approved country.
    3. Met score requirements for one of the following English proficiency tests:
      • TOEFL IBT: 80 (reading and writing 20) (Westminster will accept TOEFL iBT superscores for the purpose of meeting TOEFL iBT requirements and will consider scores from the TOEFL iBT Home Edition.)
      • IELTS: 6.5 (Westminster will consider scores from the IELTS Indicator.)
      • PTE: 60
      • CEFR: B2
      • Duolingo: 105
    4. Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Community Leadership, Master of Education, or Master of Public Health Programs Only: Complete Level 8 at the University of Utah English Language Institute (ELI) with a B+ average or higher

Additionally, each graduate program also has specific admission requirements and deadlines. If you have questions about the application process, call the Graduate Admissions Office at 801.832.2201 or email gradadmissions@westminstercollege.edu.

Once your application is complete and your application fee is processed, you will be able to access your application portal. This portal will allow you to upload materials and track the status of official documents that may come via mail or email.

Once you have been admitted, contact the International Admissions Office (international@westminstercollege.edu or 801.832.2200) to get assistance in applying for the I-20 and student visa.