International Students

Apply to Wells College using one of the following methods for Spring or Fall 2019:

Required materials for your application: 

All documents must be translated into English.

  • One (1) Unique Expression. To help us better understand you as an individual, we welcome any material that showcases your unique personality and talents. These can be but are not limited to: Personal essays, your Zeemee Profile, a résumé, creative portfolio, and/or video recording of a musical or athletic performance. You can choose to submit one or several!
  • Official transcripts/mark sheets/records of academic achievement in secondary school
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from your school counselor, headmaster or principal
  • One (1) photocopy of your passport. Please copy only the page that contains your photo and information.
  • One (1) Certification of Finance. All international applicants must document their ability to meet all educational and living expenses for the first year of intended study before a Certificate of Visa Eligibility (form I-20 or DS-2019) can be issued. Please complete this form and attach the appropriate documentation required. such as an official bank statement. 
  • Demonstration of English Proficiency. If English is not your native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting official results of one of the following exams:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Wells College requires a score of 80 or higher (Internet-based)
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): Wells College requires a minimum score of 6.5
    • PTE Academic: Wells College requires a minimum score of 55
    • SAT scores can be submitted in lieu of the above exams only if your Evidence-Based Reading scores demonstrate adequate English language proficiency.
    • Applicants whose native language/primary language of instruction is English: If you have completed your secondary education in English, speak English as a first language, or are from a country where English is the primary language, then you may not be required to submit English proficiency test scores. Please review the English Language Proficiency Testing Waiver Country List or email the Admissions Office to check if you are exempt.
    • International high school students in the United States: If you are currently an international student enrolled in a high school in the United States, you may submit SAT scores in lieu of TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores. The English language proficiency testing requirement may be waived if you have attended at least two (2) years of instruction at a U.S. high school.
    • Test scores must be submitted to Wells by the official testing agency, either electronically or by paper. Please be sure to designate Wells as the recipient of your test scores. The Wells College codes are as follows:

      SAT: 002971
      ACT: 002988

Optional Materials (submission for the following is not required in order for your application to be considered complete)

  • AP scores (scores of 3, 4, and 5 are accepted)
  • One (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher

All documents must be translated into English.

Important Deadlines

Early Action Admission

December 15. This is a non-binding admissions option. Students who wish to receive their decision early should submit their applications through the Early Action program.

Early Decision Admission

December 15. Students who regard Wells as their top choice are encouraged to apply under the early decision option. This is a binding admissions option. If admitted, early decision applicants agree to accept Wells' offer of admission and withdraw their applications to all other institutions by January 15. Early decision students must submit their enrollment deposits by February 15.

Regular Admission

March 1. 

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and Other Costs

The cost to attend Wells College as a full-time residential student for the 2018-19 academic year is the following:

Tuition: $29,400
Fees: $1,500
Room and Board: $14,100
Total: $45,000
*International students should also budget for travel expenses.


Wells College awards scholarships to international students who demonstrate exemplary academic records. International applicants will be automatically considered for the scholarship, and can be awarded up to $22,000 per year. 

Once Accepted

Once accepted to Wells College, international students must submit the following:

  • A non-refundable $300 USD enrollment deposit*
  • (If not yet already submitted) A Certification of Finance Form indicating an ability to pay the costs with all supporting documentation, such as bank statements, etc
  • A photocopy of the ID section of your passport

I-20 and F-1 Visa

After Wells has received your non-refundable* enrollment deposit ($300 USD) and the Certification of Finances with supporting documentation, we will review your file to issue an I-20. You will need the I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa stamp at a U.S. Consulate.


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Aurora, NY 13026

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