International Student - Apply for Admission

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Steps for New International Students - Degree Seeking:

Do you qualify as an international student?

  • 1 Apply Today

    Application for Admission

  • 2 Submit Transcripts

    Submit the following transcripts:

    • Official High School transcripts must be translated to English or Spanish. An official transcript must be sent directly from the original school or come in a sealed envelope.  Faxed or emailed transcripts must include a cover sheet and be signed by the school.
    • All international post-secondary documents must go through an evaluation service approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES).  Students need to provide the official credential evaluation in addition to the official transcripts. In order for an evaluation to be considered official, it must come to us directly from the evaluation service. For evaluations, College of Western Idaho recommends:


    Educational Credential evaluators - 414.289.3400
    World Education Services - 212.966.6311
    Global Services Associates, Inc. - http:// 310.828.5709
    Global Credential Evaluators Inc. - 512.528.0908

    For more information visit Transfer to CWI

  • 3 Proof Of English Proficiency

    Academic courses at College of Western Idaho are taught in English and international students must demonstrate appropriate levels of English proficiency in order to be admitted to a degree program. Scores must be less than 2 years old.

    Accepted English Proficiency Exams

    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Minimum overall score of 5.0
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Minimum 500 on paper-based test (PBT) or minimum score of 61 on the internet based test (IBT)
    • Duolingo English test with a minimum score of 90

    All documents can be submitted via email to

  • 4 Complete Additional Documents

    Cost of Attendance

    Type Academic Year*
    Tuition and Fees for Full-Time Enrollment (minimum 12 credits)

    $7,344 (For 12 credits per semester)
    $306.00/per credit over 12 credits

    Room and Board** $6,771
    Books and Supplies $1,576
    Personal Expenditures** $2,693
    Transportation** $1,986
    Estimated Total $20,370

    *Estimated costs are for a full-time undergraduate international student (taking 12 credits each semester). 

    **Room and Board, Transportation, and Personal Expenditures may vary depending on circumstances.



    Submit the following documents as a part of the admission process :

    **All of these documents combined with the regular admission requirements must be submitted prior to the International Student Admission deadline.


  • 5 Complete The English Placement Exam

    All incoming students must take the CWI Write Class Placement (WCP) exam unless they have previous English credit from a US college or scored a 6 or higher on the SAT essay.

    Complete the English placement exam. The PDSO will contact you with the placement information.

  • 6 Get Your Student Visa

    • Once all admissions requirements are met and the international applicant is accepted to CWI, International Student Services will issue the I-20 and contact the student on setting up an eshipment.
    • The student must then submit the I-20 to the American Consulate to be considered for a student visa.

    If you are out of the country at the time of application, CWI can admit you without math placement, however you will be required to take the assessment test before registering for math.

  • 7 Complete Mandatory New Student Orientations

    Next Steps:

    • Work with PDSO to complete the New Student Orientation (NSO) and quiz.
    • Complete the International New Student Orientation through blackboard.
    • Request a video conference to help with course registration