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International Students - Day Programs

The term “international student” refers to any student who is not a United States (U.S.) citizen or a U.S. permanent resident. Most international students obtain F-1 student non-immigrant status.

International students are enrolled at Wentworth at the beginning of the fall semester in late August of each year; mid-year (January) enrollments are usually limited to students transferring from a similar program of study. Wentworth evaluates all admission applications on a rolling admission basis. Rolling admission means that the Admissions
Committee will evaluate an application when all the necessary materials have been submitted. The Admissions Committee continues to review applications until the incoming freshman class is full. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
International student applicants must submit:

  1. A completed international application via www.wit.edu, via the Common Application at www.commonapp.org or by downloading an application form from www.wit.edu and submitting it by postal service.
  2. Academic records attesting to the applicant’s secondary and post-secondary (if applicable) education. These materials should be mailed directly by the attended institution(s) to Wentworth’s Office of Admissions. The documents must bear an official signature of the appropriate official of those institution(s), in ink, such as the registrar or recorder of records, and bear the institution’s seal. If the institution(s) will not mail original official academic documents to the U.S., exact copies, which have been certified as such by the appropriate official of each institution attended, should be sent. Official descriptions of post secondary courses taken are required if the applicant is seeking transfer credit for courses that may be applicable to the Wentworth program. To be considered, all documents should be accompanied by official English translations if they appear in another language.
  3. Evidence of proficiency in English, if the applicant’s first language is not English, by sending the following documentation:
    1. A score of 525 or higher on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign
      Language (TOEFL) exam; or
    2. A computerized score of 197 or higher on the computer-based Test of
      English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam; or
    3. A score of 71 or higher on the internet-based test of English as a foreign
      language (TOEFL) exam.
    4. An overall score of 6.0, with no subscore below 5.5, on the International
      English Testing System (IELTS) offered by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate and the British Council; or
    5. A “C” (2.0) or higher grade in English I and English II on an official
      transcript from a U.S. college or university.
    6. Successful completion of the highest level of a Wentworth-recognized
      intensive English program and a recommendation from the program director. A current list of recognized programs is available at the Admissions Office.
  4. International students requesting F-1 status are required to submit documentation demonstrating financial ability to meet the cost of tuition, books, supplies, medical insurance, and living expenses for the first year of study at Wentworth. For the 2009-2010 school year, the estimated total cost for twelve months for commuter students is $42,355, and for resident students is $41,260. Wentworth offers limited scholarships to international students. Proof of financial support must be presented in one of the following formats:
    1. Completed Wentworth Declaration and Certification of Finances form
      signed by the student’s parent or sponsor and attach a certified bank letter or credit reference from your sponsor’s bank.
    2. Original signed letter of support from a recognized sponsoring embassy,
      agency, or organization.
    3. Form I-34, Affidavit of Support with appropriate affirmation or notarization and supporting evidence.
  5. Submission of at least one letter of recommendation from an academic advisor or teacher.
  6. Submission of a personal statement (essay) of 250-500 words.
  7. A copy of your identity page of your passport.

When items one through seven above have been received, an evaluation will be made of the applicant’s eligibility for admission. If all requirements have been met and the applicant is determined to be admissible, a Letter of Acceptance will be mailed to the student.

In order to guarantee enrollment at Wentworth, the applicant must submit payment of a tuition deposit of $150.00 and an additional $500.00 housing deposit if choosing to live on campus. Upon receipt of the tuition deposit, and housing deposit if applicable, a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) will be issued for visa purposes. The tuition, room and board charges, and all other monies due Wentworth must be paid:

  1. by means of a bank draft in United States dollars drawn on a correspondent bank with offices in the United States. Checks must be in U.S. dollars and payable in the United States; or
  2. by wiring payment to: Citizen’s Bank, indicating the swift code CTZIUS33XXX, ABA#011500120 for credit to Account Number 1312878107, to be credited to Wentworth Institute of Technology in the applicant’s name. (Be certain to inform the Admissions Office if payment is wired and to adequately identify the student, by including the student’s identification number-SID for whom the payment is intended); or
  3. by credit card.

Payment of $150.00 tuition deposit and $500.00 housing deposit reserves the student’s place in the entering class and on-campus housing. These deposits are refundable for the fall semester provided that a written request for a refund is sent to the Admissions Office postmarked by May 1 and the original I-20 Form is returned to the Admissions Office. For spring semester admission, the tuition and housing deposits are non-refundable. It should be noted that payment for each semester’s tuition, room, and board charges must be paid by the due date, or students will be prevented from registering for classes.

Each student accepted for admission to Wentworth must submit completed immunization records and enroll in the Wentworth Health Plan upon enrollment. If complete immunization and physical examination records are not submitted in full, students will not be allowed to register for classes.

VISITING/EXCHANGE STUDENTS
Students pursuing degrees abroad at institutions with a signed articulation agreement with Wentworth Institute of Technology may apply to enroll at Wentworth for one or two semesters as a non-matriculating/exchange student with the approval of their home institution.

Visiting/exchange students are required to live on-campus and to purchase health insurance through Wentworth.

Applications for enrollment will be reviewed for academic eligibility by the appropriate academic department and by International Student Services for eligibility for non-immigrant student status.

For a student to apply to enroll as a visiting/exchange student and receive documentation needed to obtain the appropriate U.S. non-immigrant status, the following application materials must be received by International Student Services:

  • Enrollment Application for International Visiting/Exchange Students
  • Complete official transcript showing all grades received at the home institution and any other institution of higher education the student has attended
  • Essay from the student describing his/her interest in the particular program he/she is applying for and why he/she would like to study at Wentworth in and the U.S.
  • Letter from an official at the home institution that credits earned at Wentworth Institute of Technology will count toward the student’s degree program
  • Proof of English proficiency - Proof of proficiency can be accomplished through taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or International English Testing System exam (IELTS). Minimum required scores are posted on the Wentworth website under Admissions. A statement from a home institution official that the student has been studying in English for a minimum of 2 years meets the proof of English ability requirement.
  • Financial documentation showing the student has enough readily available money to pay for tuition, living expenses, books/supplies, etc. during their studies in the U.S.
  • Copy of passport pages showing name, date of birth, country, and expiration date

Students applying to study in the Wentworth Architecture or Design & Facilities Departments are also required to submit a portfolio, for example drawings made for classes.

Visiting/exchange students are regarded as members of the Wentworth community and as such are encouraged to participate in campus life through engagement in student club activities, etc. Visiting/exchange students are also responsible for adhering to the Student Code of Conduct as well as any other rules set forth by the Institute.

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