An international student is an applicant who is not a United States citizen or permanent resident and plans to attend a college, university, or other post-secondary education institution in the U.S. This includes applicants that hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or other nonimmigrant classifications.
International students who have completed college coursework after completing secondary (high school) education, regardless of the amount of credits earned, should apply as an international transfer student.
The information we provide in this International Admissions section is for international students who are not United States citizens or permanent residents and plan to attend a college, university, or other post-secondary educational institution in the U.S. This includes applicants that hold F-1 student visas, J-1 exchange visitor visas, or other non immigrant classifications. If you have dual U.S. citizenship, U.S. permanent residency, refugee status, or political asylum, you are not considered an international student. If you have applied for U.S. permanent residency (i.e., green card) and you anticipate it will be approved before enrolling at the UW Bothell, you should not apply as an international student but as a domestic First-Year, Transfer, or Post-Baccalaureate.
Undergraduate-level studies in the U.S. lead to the first university degree, a Bachelor’s degree either in Art or Science. A bachelor’s degree in any field of study generally takes four years to complete and includes general academic course work and course work in a specific area of academic interest. Students seeking undergraduate studies either have or will complete secondary-level education or are planning to transfer from another college or university, but have not yet completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.
Students who have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent may be eligible for graduate-level studies. Graduate study leads to a master’s degree, doctoral degree, or other professional degrees. If you have already completed a bachelor’s degree and would like information on graduate studies, please see our webpage on graduate programs.
International applications are reviewed by our trained international admission specialists. In some cases, our admission specialists also review the applications of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and refugees who were educated outside of the United States.
Minimum Admission Requirements for International Transfer Applicants
All international students must meet minimum admission requirements to be considered for admission:
The UW Bothell Office of Admissions provides the service of international transcript evaluations. Third-party evaluations will not be accepted.
Official academic records are required from all previous institutions in your education history. It is the responsibility of applicants to supply all required academic records. If you are requesting records from a country or institution where you may have difficulty with timeliness or issuance, please make certain you request your documents allowing enough time for them to be received for your application.
We require the document in the original language when the issuing institution cannot issue in English. If it is issued in a language other than English, we also require an English translation.
All transcripts written in any language other than English must be accompanied by a certified literal English translation in the same format as the originals. To be considered official, the translator must be certified by the American Translators Association or corresponding body in the originating country, or should have a Master’s degree in Translation or Interpretation, or be completed by the issuing institution.
Unofficial International Credential Evaluation Request
UW Bothell provides unofficial international credential evaluations* to help prospective students, who have attended secondary or post-secondary institutions outside the U.S., plan how their education may be applied toward UW Bothell admission and degree requirements.
*Note: The unofficial credential evaluation does not guarantee an admission offer or transfer credits and cannot be used for any other purposes or institutions including UW Seattle/Tacoma -- this is a planning tool only.
Note: Any document submitted to the Office of Admissions to supplement the application becomes part of the official admissions record and cannot be released back to the student.
Course Equivalency Guide
Use the UW Course Equivalency Guide to find out how courses from a Washington State community or technical college will transfer to the University of Washington Bothell.
International Post Baccalaureates
Post-baccalaureate is a matriculated status, reserved for students who are working towards a second bachelor’s degree. Students are not eligible to earn a second bachelor's degree in the same field of study as their already earned bachelor's degree(s). Only a small number of applicants are admitted as post-baccalaureates because the University’s primary commitment is to undergraduates who are completing the first bachelor’s degree.
Post-baccalaureate students are exempt from meeting the core subject requirements. However, they still must complete program prerequisites to apply to a major. The application of previous undergraduate-level courses toward graduation requirements will be determined by program faculty and advisors.
All post-baccalaureate applicants must also demonstrate their English language proficiency. Please review the different pathways for fulfilling the minimum English language proficiency requirement.
To students pursuing a first bachelor's degree, the Office of Admissions awards transfer credit according to the guidelines. Admissions reserves the right to accept or reject credits earned at other institutions of higher education.
Admission to Majors
All first-year applicants are initially admitted to the university and not into specific programs and majors. Transfer students may be admitted directly to a major depending on how many transfer credits are granted. Transfer students who satisfy the prerequisites for the major and/or who have 135 or more quarter credits granted must apply directly to the major.
Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into a specific major program or college. In all cases, admission to intended majors is a separate procedure, application, and/or review process. Most programs have additional GPA, prerequisite course work, and/or other requirements. Consult your major of interest to learn more about the admission expectations, requirements, and procedures for the major or program of interest to you.