International Applicants

At Washington and Lee, we welcome applications from international students. Our undergraduate students hold citizenships representing more than 50 nationalities, and as an institution we value the experiences and perspectives our international students bring to our intimate campus community. This is embodied in our newest facility, the Center for Global Learning (which houses world language departments and the Center for International Education), as well as one of our campus residence options, the Global Service House.

Application Process:

International students should follow the same application process as United States citizens. To encourage international students to apply, there is no application fee to submit a Common Application or a QuestBridge application to W&L. Please note that all school documents and recommendation letters submitted as part of the application must be in English.

Alumni interviews are not available for international students living abroad, except in the UK, Belgium and Mexico. We do not offer Skype or phone interviews. However, international applicants may participate in an interview conducted by InitialView. Since many international students are coming from educational systems that are different from that of the U.S., we find it valuable to be able to view an unscripted interview where each applicant may discuss their unique background and goals. InitialView will conduct the interview and record the conversation so that it can be reviewed by our office (note: InitialView will not be able to answer general questions about W&L during the interview; please email

We encourage international students to submit the SAT or ACT. However, when English is not a student's first language or the language of instruction in his or her school, we will accept the TOEFL or IELTS as demonstration of proficiency in English. SAT Subject Test scores are not a requirement of our application process. Please refer to our policy on standardized testing for more information.

Financial Aid

Our commitment to ensuring a W&L education is affordable for all admitted students extends to international students, who are eligible to apply for both need-based and merit-based financial assistance. Detailed application instructions can be found on the Financial Aid website and on the Johnson Scholarship Program website.

International Transfer Students

If you have enrolled full-time at another university, then you must apply as a transfer student. Please visit our page regarding transfer admissions. The testing requirements listed above are required for international transfer students. Please note, there is no significant source of financial aid available to transfer students.