International Students

Wellesley College will only issue I-20 forms to admitted students after they have submitted all of the required health documents.

International Student Applicants

To attend a Wellesley College Summer Program as an international student, there are additional steps you must take.

  1. You must comply with institutional and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) procedures. See Immigration Guidelines.

  2. You must provide proof of vaccinations as mandated by the state of Massachusetts. See Health Guidelines.

Which summer programs at Wellesley can I attend as an International Student?

International students who are currently in the US on F-1 Visa status may apply to Summer Term, Pre-College Immersive Program, Pre-College Exploratory Workshops and Contemporary Womens Leadership Program.

International students requiring Immigration support can only apply to Summer Term (minimum 2 courses in a session), Pre-College Immersive Program, and the Contemporary Women's Leadership Program. Unfortunately, we are unable to issue Visas for international students to attend the Pre-College Exploratory Workshops.

Do I need to have a US Based Healthcare plan in order to attend programs?

Yes. Due to differences in international health care plans and systems, we cannot guarantee that your health insurance coverage will be valid in the United States or that doctors/hospitals will accept your international health insurance, even in an emergency. Therefore, all One Wellesley Summer participants that reside outside of the United States or are currently in the United States on an F-1 Visa are required to purchase the Wellesley Summer Accident and Sickness Insurance Program.


Which additional documents do I need to submit, as an international student?

You must also submit the following documents:

  1. Evidence of English language proficiency. Proficiency in English is required. To confirm basic proficiency in both written and spoken English, Wellesley Summer requires that non-native English speakers provide a recent TOEFL score or equivilent. A minimum score of 100 is highly recommended. The TOEFL will be waived if you have already graduated from a high school, college or university in the U.S.

  2. Current academic transcript. Current college students and college graduates must provide Wellesley Summer Session with a current academic transcript from the institution you attend or from which you have graduated.

  3. Proof of Funding. The Certificate of Finances (COF) documents your ability to pay tuition and your cover living expenses during the program. Please do not send original documentation; copies will be accepted. Third-party promise to pay (i.e., sponsorship or scholarship letters) must state the exact amount in U.S. dollars that the organization/sponsor will pay.

Once all of these documents have been completed and received by the College we will issue a Form I-20 needed to apply for an F-1 visa. Your application must be completed and received by March 15 for Summer Term I, and April 15 for Summer Term II/Pre-College Program/Women's Leadership Program. It takes approximately three weeks for Wellesley to process these documents, and in some countries it can take up to 3 months to obtain a visa. Please plan accordingly.

Learn more about your next steps to join One Wellesley Summer.