Meet your counselor
Tony Stevens is the primary contact at IWU for potential international students and U.S. citizens living abroad. He has been at IWU working with international students since 1996. He is also the staff advisor for the International Student Association. Feel free to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLYING TO IWU
You may apply to IWU through this link: https://secure2.indwes.edu/Undergraduate-Admissions/Application/
It is best to apply early and as soon as one year before you plan to begin your studies. Your school will need to send an official transcript in English to the IWU Admissions Office. The SAT ( www.collegeboard.com) or ACT ( www.act.org) scores are required for admissions and to determine eligibility for academic scholarships. Students whose first language is other than English will need to provide one of the following:
- TOEFL ( www.toefl.org) score of 79 internet-based test, or 550 paper-based test
- IELTS ( www.ielts.org) score of 6
- ELS Language Center ( www.ELS.edu) score of 112
If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the International Student Advisor at email@example.com
STUDYING AT IWU
You will attend classes taught by men and women who are respected nationwide for their knowledge, but who take the time to get to know you personally. As a private university with a student faculty ratio 15:1, our faculty know students by name. Indiana Wesleyan faculty members are not only experts in their fields but are experts at developing the total student intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually.
SPECIAL INTEREST TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
- Full-time International Student Advisor and International Student Association for guidance, support, friendship, and special off-campus activities.
- Safe campus in friendly Marion community of 32,000 people
- Major metro areas nearby with driving to Indianapolis - 1 hour; driving time to Chicago - 3 1/2 hours
- Reasonably-priced on-campus apartments available during summer vacations
- Local churches have adoptive family programs
With over 50 clubs and student organizations, Indiana Wesleyan University offers exciting and fun co-curricular activities for everyone. IWU provides state-of-the-art facilities where you can tap into the talents you possess and uncover new abilities and strengths you've yet to imagine.
IWU students keep busy in their free time with skate-boarding, camping, canoeing, concerts, sledding, ski trips, shopping, movies, intramural sports (including flag football, inner tube water polo, racquetball, etc.), retreats, and community out-reach projects.
International Students are eligible to receive academic scholarships based on high school performance and an SAT or ACT score. These scholarships range from $5,000 to $12,000 per year. You may use our scholarship calculator to estimate your award. International students who are not eligible for academic scholarships will qualify for the International Student Grant ($3,000 U.S.) if they are not eligible to file the FAFSA. There may be other limited financial aid, but you should expect to pay most fees from family or personal funds.
PAYING YOUR EXPENSES
As part of the application process you are required to demonstrate your ability to pay for tuition, room, board, books, and health insurance. This amounts to approximately $33,000 for two semesters. Additionally you will need to pay for personal expenses. IWU does not have a program of full scholarship for international students, so you must be prepared to pay for most of your education. Some financial aid does exist for those who qualify.
All international students are eligible to apply for on-campus jobs and U.S. Immigration prohibits non-U.S. citizens from working outside the university. All campus jobs pay at least $7.25 per hour, and students are eligible to work up to 20 hours each week.
Indiana Wesleyan University has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline the tuition payment process for our international tuition payments. The mission of peerTransfer is to save international students and their families money that would otherwise be lost on bank fees and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. With peerTransfer, students are offered excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing payment in their native currency (in most cases), often saving a significant amount of money when compared to traditional banking systems. Additionally, peerTransfer provides a student dashboard where payment logs and preferences for communication can be accessed in order to actively manage your payment process.
GETTING YOUR VISA
Once you have received your acceptance letter, you will need to send the tuition, room and board fees in U.S. funds for the first semester. You will also need to send proof of financial sponsorship, $800 for health insurance, and an emergency travel deposit of $1,000 U.S. This deposit is held for the full duration of your enrollment and is available to the student in the event of an emergency. If unused, it will be returned to you when you are preparing to return home permanently. When IWU has received your emergency deposit, insurance deposit and first semester's tuition, room and board fees, the university will send you the Immigration I-20 form. Your financial sponsors should complete the Financial Resources Form and return to the Admissions Office along with supporting documents from their bank. Take all of your original academic documents, your financial statements, your letter of acceptance, and your I-20 form to an American Embassy or Consulate. The visa officer will evaluate your records, your ability to succeed in the U.S. educational system, and your intention to return to your home country.
Medical care in the U.S. is very expensive. Since Indiana Wesleyan University has no way of covering unexpected medical expenses, every international student is required to have medical insurance valid within the U.S. If you have medical insurance in your home country that is valid in the U.S., you must provide documentation to IWU. If you do not already have it, you will need to purchase insurance. Be prepared to spend $700-$800 per year. You can buy medical insurance upon arrival to campus. The International Student Advisor can provide information about various medical insurance companies.
DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER
We have four seasons, which means that you will need to be prepared for very hot and humid weather in the summer and very cold and icy weather in the winter. The average temperature in September and May is about 20C/70F, and in January, it is about -5C/20F. If you wish, you may purchase warm clothing at shops in Marion once you are here.
EMAILING & WRITING HOME
Computers are available in several campus locations for students to use without charge. Students have free access to the internet and email through this service. Your campus mailing address will be assigned when you arrive for classes. You can send and receive mail from the Post Office on campus.
LIVING ON CAMPUS
All students under 23 years of age are required to live in a residence hall located on campus. All rooms are shared, usually by two people. Rooms are furnished; each person has a single bed, a dresser, a study desk, and closet space. Students must supply their own linens, blankets, pillows, and towels. If you are bringing sheets/bed linens, they should be at least 80 inches/203.2 centimeters in length. Each room has easy access to showers, laundry and kitchen facilities. Meals are served in the cafeteria three times each day. A snack and fountain service is available in the Student Center.
BRINGING SOMETHING FROM HOME
American students will be curious about you and your country. You will want to bring something from home (clothing, pictures, artifacts) that you can show to students in the U.S.
UNDERSTANDING MORAL REQUIREMENTS
IWU is a Christian university and is committed to the highest ethical and spiritual values. Students are required to attend three chapel services each week, and to abstain from the use of tobacco, illicit drugs, and alcoholic beverages, on or off campus.
We hope that this has been useful information for you. Don't hesitate to ask for additional help. We are happy to serve you.