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International Applicants

Are you an international student looking for more information on Foster’s Full-time MBA program? Listed below, you will find information on English language proficiency, financial aid, and more. If you would you like to be put in touch with a current international student send an to email [email protected]. Be sure to include your country, professional background and goals, and write “International Prospective Student Inquiry” in the subject line.

You should contact your local EducationUSA Advising Center for accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities. EducationUSA offices can provide information on locally based financial aid opportunities, test preparation resources, and information on recruitment events, among other resources. The adviser should be able to help you understand U.S. classroom culture and cultural expectations for the content and structure of the application essays and letters of recommendations.


English Language Proficiency Requirement

Proficiency in English is required for admission to a graduate program at the University of Washington. If your native language is not English, you are required to demonstrate English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Singapore, Sotuh Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom and where English is the medium of instruction. While enrolled at the degree-granting school, you must have been in residence on campus.


  • Official documentation from the institution verifying that your undergraduate degree is from an institution (in a country other than those listed above) where all instruction is in English. The undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Documentation must be presented to the University of Washington Graduate School. The Graduate School will determine grade equivalency and validate foreign transcripts. A minimum of three years of enrollment at the undergraduate institution is required.


  • Complete a qualifying English Language Proficiency exam. Refer to the table below for accepted exams and minimum score
English Language
Proficiency Exam
Minimum Score
Program Codes for Official Score
TOEFL 100 iBT / 250 CBT / 600 PBT 4854
IELTS 7.0 or higher 365
Duolingo 120 or higher University of Washington
Graduate Admissions

NOTE: Test scores are valid for two years. If your score does not meet the minimum score requirement, you cannot be considered for admission.

Financial Aid


If you are seeking scholarships or grants, you may want to consider international programs such as Fulbright and Muskie Fellowships, and other scholarship/grant programs that are designed to support students pursuing graduate study outside their home countries. Many countries also offer government scholarships for overseas graduate study. EduPASS is a resource that provides financial aid information and tips for international students. More scholarship information can be found at Funding for U.S. Study Online.

Private Loans

As an international student you may also qualify for private loans with a creditworthy U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident co-signer. You may also want to investigate private educational loans available from your home country.

Merit-based Aid

As an international student you may be eligible for merit-based aid. All applicants to the Full-time MBA program are automatically considered.

Career Resources

Work & Visa Information

International Job Search and Networking

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