In addition to the regular application process, international (non-immigrant) students must meet certain standards, including proof of English proficiency and financial documentation, to join WPI. Undergraduate applicants must show high scholastic achievement, with above-average academic performance in their secondary or high school studies, and on national examinations where such examinations are administered.

Proof of English Proficiency

International applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency. English proficiency level may be demonstrated through the following exams:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):  Minimum score 80 with no section below 20
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum score 80
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Minimum score 6.5 with no band below 6.0
  • PTE (Pearson’s Test of English): Minimum score 53 PTE-A

Students who are citizens of an English speaking country, who also attended an English speaking high school for 4 years, may be exempt from an English proficiency exam. Please contact the Office of Admissions for more details about a waiver for this exam.

Financial Documentation

International students not applying for financial aid who are accepted to, and enroll at, WPI must submit the WPI International Certification of Finances form.

International first-year students applying for financial aid must submit the CSS PROFILE application by the admissions deadline. To be considered for financial assistance, students must demonstrate a minimum family contribution of $22,000 per year to cover all living and travel expenses. 

International transfer applicants are not eligible for financial aid and must demonstrate the ability to cover the full cost of tuition and living expenses.

Optional Interview

Personal admission interviews are available on-campus and in a limited number of cities around the world. A personal interview is NOT required for admission to WPI, but can be helpful in the admissions review.

In order to provide an interview opportunity for all applicants interested in WPI, we have partnered with Initialview and Vericant, which conduct interviews and collect writing samples, and the Duolingo English Test, which includes a short, computer-adaptive English assessment along with an interview and writing samples. The interview will form part of your application package if you opt to sit for the interview. 

International Transfer Applicants

International students transferring from a university or other institution of higher education should follow the transfer application process.

WPI offers limited financial assistance to international (non-immigrant) students. Financial assistance is only offered to international students who enter as freshmen – no assistance is available to international transfer students.

Learn more about how you can finance your education as an international student here.

See  instructions on how to apply, or start your application now!