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 demonstrated English Language Proficiency?

  • If you are using the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo to demonstrate English language proficiency, 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. Send an electronic official TOEFL or IELTS score report. Score reports over two years old (from the test date) are no longer valid. For TOEFL, you can order official test scores from the Educational Testing Service. Please request that they send scores electronically using our institution code: #4854.

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

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. Please review the Graduate School's minimum admission requirements.

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.


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.  If your transcripts are in English, it is not necessary to have them translated.  

Required Tests

The College of Education does not consider the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) for admission.

English Language Proficiency Demonstration

International applicants and applicants whose native language is not English who attended school outside the US, UK, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Trinadad, or Tobago are also required to submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. More information about minimum scores for admission with the Graduate School can be found here.  Applicants should also review the Graduate School's COVID 19 Admissions FAQ.

The College will also accept IELTS scores sent electronically.  If you have taken the IELTS within the last 2 years, we encourage you to contact the Office of Student Services for options.  For the 2022 cycle, Duolingo is also accepted if the minimum score is met.

Statement of Financial Ability

For the calendar year 2022-2023, 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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