If you meet the below criteria, you are eligible to apply for graduate study at the University of Washington (UW). We welcome and value international students and hope that you decide to submit an application.

  • Have you earned the equivalent of at least a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree? (See the Prior Degree Requirements section below.)

  • Have you taken the required tests (GRE and TOEFL)?

  • If you have taken these tests, do your scores meet the minimum requirements?

  • If the graduate program to which you are applying does not offer any funding, do you have other sources that allow you to meet the tuition obligations?

How to Apply

International applicants must complete the Graduate School's online application for admission.  Once the application has been completed and submitted (including payment of the $85 application fee), applicants must note the following:

  1. Include an official TOEFL score report. Score reports over two years old (from the test date) are no longer valid. You may order official test scores from the Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151. Please request that they forward your scores using our institution code: #4854.

  2. If you are offered admission, the Graduate School will request further documentation and transcripts. Learn more»

Prior Degree Requirements

The UW must assess the academic preparation of international students. The evaluation of a foreign degree is based on the following:

  • The national system of education in the foreign country.

  • The type of institution attended.

  • The field of study and level of studies completed.

You must have at least the four-year equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from an institution of recognized standing to apply for admission. The official assessment will be completed by Graduate Admissions, but there are general guidelines that indicate the level of study expected of applicants prior to graduate enrollment at the UW.

When to Apply

The application deadlines for international and domestic applicants are the same. Please review program deadlines.

College of Education Graduate Degree Programs

The College of Education application requirements vary by program and degree.  International applicants must meet both international applicant requirements as well as College of Education requirements.  

Application Fee

The non-refundable application fee is $85. You must submit an application and fee for each graduate program to which you are applying.   The fee payment is the last step to complete in the online application and can be paid by Visa or Mastercard.

Applications will not be processed without the fee, which cannot be waived or postponed.


Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded in the online application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application (if you are offered admission, the Graduate School will request official transcripts).

International transcripts with degree statements, including the date of graduation and title of the academic degree awarded, must be in the original language and be accompanied by a certified English translation.

Required Tests

The Graduate School requires submission of GRE scores for students who apply to the College of Education. When scheduling the test, refer to program application deadlines to allow adequate time for scores to arrive. The Educational Testing Service will send the score reports to the department indicated on the report. 

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required unless one of the specific exceptions below is met.

Test scores must be less than two years old from the test date, and no waivers of the English competency requirement will be granted. The minimum recommended score required for admission into the College of Education is 92 for the TOEFL. Please request  that your score report be forwarded with our institution code: #4854.  More information about this can be found here.

Effective November 2016, the IELTS test is being phased out.  Any test taken after May 2017 will not be accepted.

Statement of Financial Ability

For the calendar year 2019-2020, information about the cost of living expenses, tuition, and other campus fees can be found here. These expenses are subject to change without notice, and students should be prepared for adjustments. If you have been offered admission, you must submit a statement of financial ability. This does not need to be submitted with your application.

For a complete list of anticipated expenses, please visit the Graduate School website.

For Other Questions...

General information about the UW can be found on both the Graduate School and the University of Washington websites. To learn more about the application process for international applicants, please contact the Office of Student Services at edinfo@uw.edu or phone (206) 543-7834.  

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