International Admission Requirements

Before you get started, make sure you have satisfied the four key requirements to attend EWU.

1. English Proficiency Requirement

The most common language exams are the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and IELTS (International English Language Testing System). To meet the English proficiency requirement at EWU, you must earn one of the following scores:

English Proficiency Examination Score     Contact
TOEFL Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) 71 Schedule Test
TOEFL Paper Based 525 Schedule Test
IELTS 6 Schedule Test

Official scores must come directly from the testing agency to Eastern Washington University. Do not send photocopies.

Students may complete a college-level English composition course with transferable credits from a university or college in the United States. A grade of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required in that course.

If you cannot meet either the testing or language course requirement, conditional admission through the ELI program may be an option for you.

Conditional Admission on Condition of Taking Classes

Conditional admission helps international students who need English language proficiency in order to be admitted to Eastern Washington University. Conditionally admitted students are required to complete the English Language Institute program prior to taking university-level courses.

Students who are conditionally admitted must meet all of the regular university admission requirements except English proficiency. Conditionally admitted students will be issued an I-20 for ELI study until they are fully admitted to EWU for academic study.

For more information, contact Kristina Guilfoyle at or 509.359.7362.

There are three ways to meet the language requirement.

You must meet a basic English proficiency requirement. Applicants who attended primary and secondary schools taught in English are exempt from the English proficiency requirement. Submit an official letter from your school.

2. Official Transcript Requirements

Students must submit original copies of all transcripts. Copies are only accepted if they have been certified by the student’s government as official true documents. A seal of authenticity and signature must appear on the document. The seal and the signature cannot be copies.

While we are not allowed to recommend a particular transcript evaluator, many of our students select a service that best meets their needs. A listing of transcript evaluation services is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website.

Students are allowed to transfer up to 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) to Eastern Washington University. Please remember that EWU has specific courses ALL students must take. In some cases, but not all, transfer credits will satisfy these requirements. Courses that do not satisfy a General Education Required Course will be transferred as elective credits.

Transcripts only need to be evaluated if you are planning on transferring credits from colleges or universities not located in the United States.

If you are not transferring college or university credits, only submit official, original, certified high school transcripts.

Students who are transferring from a high school must submit original high school transcripts.

College and university students with fewer than 40 quarter credits (27 semester credits) must submit original high school transcripts.

Yes, you must submit your transcripts. If you wish to receive credit for any college or university courses you have taken at a non-U.S. institution, you must also have your transcripts evaluated.

All transcripts must be original documents or certified copies. A certified copy is a copy of the original document that has been verified as authentic by an administrator at your school or a government official.

Do not submit your only copy of original transcripts. Materials sent to Eastern Washington University will not be returned.

Submit the following official transcripts:

  • From all high school or secondary schools you attended (certified by your school or home government)
  • From all U.S. colleges and universities you attended, including ESL programs
  • Official transcript evaluations for all courses taken at non-U.S. colleges and universities with English translations of course descriptions

3. Grade Requirements

If you apply as a freshman, your transcripts must show that you graduated from high school or secondary school with your school’s equivalent of a “C” grade (2.0) or better.

If you apply as a transfer student, you must show completion of the highest level of pre-college English and intermediate algebra with your school’s equivalent of a “C” grade (2.0) or better.

This grade conversion guide can help you estimate the U.S. equivalents of your school grades.

4. Official Financial Statements Requirement

Applicants must provide proof of financial ability to pay for studies and living expenses while at Eastern Washington University. These are called Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) Requirements.

International students attending EWU must prove financial ability to meet the following requirements. These requirements are higher than Eastern’s official tuition and housing rates.

Financial Requirements

Congratulations! 😊

Now that you have the paperwork that shows that you can meet the requirements, it’s time to apply at EWU!