For students interested in studying at WKU as an Exchange Student:
If an agreement exists between WKU and your University (click here for a full list of WKU's international partnerships), you are eligible to apply to WKU as an Exchange Student.
First, however, you'll need to contact your University's International Office. Only students with formal nominations from the international office of a partner university will be reviewed.
If your nomination is approved, you will be notified and given instructions on what your next steps should be. Please keep in mind: nomination approval does not guarantee acceptance at WKU.
For Exchange Coordinators at WKU partner institutions:
Nominations of exchange students may be sent via email to Katherine Hale and should include the following information:
Student's Name, Year in School, GPA/Academic Rank, Desired Semester(s) of Exchange, Major/Field of Degree, Desired Courses or Areas of Study at WKU, and TOEFL score.
The deadline for nominating students wishing to study at WKU during the fall semester is April 1st. For the spring semester, the deadline is October 1st.
Nominated students, whether undergraduate or graduate, should meet the requirements as laid out in the Exchange Agreement. Exchange Coordinators should also consider students' English language skills. An adequate level of English Language Proficiency is a crucial part of ensuring that not only will the students have the skills necessary to thrive both academically and socially but that faculty will not be burdened with providing additional language support in their classrooms.
Undergraduate students are required to score a minimum of 71 (internet-based)/197 (computer-based)/525 (paper-based) on the TOEFL or a 6.0 on the IELTS Academic.
Graduate students are subject to the Graduate School Admission requirements for international students. The Graduate School requires that students provide:
Evidence of ability to communicate in English (a minimum of 550 on the written TOEFL, a minimum of 213 on the computerized TOEFL, a minimum of 79 on the internet TOEFL, or a minimum of 6.0 on the IELTS Academic).
For all Graduate Studies Admission requirements as they apply to exchange students, click here.
English language requirements for both undergraduate and graduate exchange students are not absolute; individual academic departments may have different expectations for students seeking admission to their programs and may make the final decision on exchange student admission.
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