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International Applicants

Over 7,600 international students are enrolled at the University of Washington, with more than 300 graduate international students enrolled in the Foster School of Business. The UW Seattle campus is a vibrant, welcoming institution where education, people, and culture thrive. We hope you will join our global community!

Unsure if you should be applying as an international applicant? You should submit an international application if you are not a US citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder). While the MS in Entrepreneurship application process is mostly the same for all applicants, there are some additional components below that international applicants must submit. Visiting Graduates/Non-matriculated applications are not accepted.

Please note: the MS in Entrepreneurship is not STEM-designated.

Admitted international applicants are required to show proof of adequate financial support. Visit the UW Graduate School’s financial ability requirement page for more details.
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. For more information on the required test scores and how to submit them to the University, please visit the Admissions page.
As a non-citizen there are a series of steps required to start a business in the United States. This is not a process you should navigate alone, and advanced planning is crucial. You are encouraged to hire professionals, such as an immigration attorney, who will help guide you through the complexities of U.S. immigration. Consult with experts on tax law in both your home country and the U.S. before taking the plunge, as the rules for foreign nationals can be more complex than if you were a citizen.
Since we cannot advise you on how to start a company in the U.S., we strongly recommend that you consult an immigration attorney for specific details on the required visa, financial requirements, and the application process.

Additional Information

Please click on each topic below for more information.

International students interested in working during or after the program should consult International Student Services (ISS) for more details about your options.

In general, international students may pursue on-campus employment for up to 20 hours per week.

Off-campus employment, including paid or unpaid internships, requires prior authorization from ISS. Working without authorization has serious consequences and can impact your ability to study, travel, or work in the U.S. throughout your life.

Many students do not qualify for authorization until they have completed three quarters of study in the MS in Entrepreneurship program or have completed a degree program in the U.S. immediately prior to enrolling in MS ENTRE. Upon completion of the MS ENTRE program, eligible students may apply for post-graduation work authorization. Please see the ISS webpage on employment for more information.

UW CIRCLE, the Center for International Relations & Cultural Leadership Exchange) is the UW’s primary portal to resources, community and activities that help international and domestic students maximize their Husky Experience, together.

UW Graduate School is the first step in starting an application. Visit their site to get a better understanding of the minimum admission requirements and application process.

UW International Student Services (ISS) works with enrolled F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents. As applicants planning ahead, you may find useful information on their website on employment and visas.

EducationUSA is a network of advising centers all over the world that provides information and opportunities to study in the U.S.

FIUTS, The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, advances international understanding through cross-cultural experiences, student leadership, and community connections.