Going to school far from home is exciting, but it can be intimidating, too. At Indiana Wesleyan, we value our global student body, as we welcome students from all over the world to one of America's most dynamic Christian colleges.

International students thrive at IWU. Here, at a private university with small classes and a low student-faculty ratio of 14:1, you'll feel an immediate sense of belonging as you join a close Christian community that is culturally, academically, and economically diverse.

US News & World Report ranks Indiana Wesleyan as one of the Midwest's finest universities. Here, you will find more than 80 career-oriented majors, enriched by a renowned Christian faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. Ours is an education about excellence, but also about discovering your purpose and calling in life, as we help you to develop both personally and professionally through life coaching, career development, leadership studies, campus engagement, and more.

IWU is an active campus where it is easy to get involved. Our full-time International Student Advisor and International Student Association will help you to join in, providing guidance, support, friendship, and a host of activities.

Choose an education that stresses an international perspective, one that will prepare you for success in a global world. Come to IWU. Change your life. Change the world.


Whitney Renfroe

Whitney Renfroe

International Student Association
Excericise Science + Honors Humanities double major


Tony Stevens

Tony Stevens

Associate Director of Admissions
International Student Advisor

Muchun Yin

Dr. Muchun Yin

Associate Professor of TESOL

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 tony.stevens@indwes.edu .


You may apply to IWU through this link here.

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:

  1. TOEFL ( www.toefl.org) score of 79 internet-based test, or 550 paper-based test
  2. IELTS ( www.ielts.org) score of 6.5
  3. ELS Language Center ( www.ELS.edu) score of 112

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the International Student Advisor at admissions@indwes.edu

Additionaly IWU offers three different English Language Programs for international high school students and college students:

Cultural Immersion Program: 1-4 weeks
  • ESL classes, cultural orientation seminars, and team competitions
  • Learn about American culture from Cultural Mentors and Professors
  • Visit American homes, schools, businesses, museums, concerts, and professional sporting events
  • Travel to major cities including: Indianapolis and Washington D.C.
  • Serve as Cultural Ambassador at The Indianapolis Children's Museum (the largest Children's museum in the world)
Semester @ IWU Program: 4 months
  • ESL classes, cultural orientation seminars, and college courses for academic credit
  • Learn about American culture from Cultural Mentors and Professors
  • SAT preparation and TOEFL preparation
  • Visit American homes, schools, businesses, museums, concerts, colleges, and professional sporting events
  • Travel to major cities including: Indianapolis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.
Bridge Program: 4-8 months
  • ESL classes, cultural orientation seminars, and college courses for academic credit
  • SAT preparation and TOEFL preparation
  • Learn about American culture from Cultural Mentors and Professors
  • Visit American homes, schools, businesses, museums, concerts, and professional sporting events
  • American College Tour
  • Travel to major cities including: Indianapolis, Chicago, New York, and Washington D.C.


Marion IndianaYou 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 14:1, 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.


  • 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 $4,000 to $14,000 per year. There may be other limited financial aid, but you should expect to pay most fees from family or personal funds.


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 $37,000 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 Fly Wire to streamline the tuition payment process for our international tuition payments. The mission of flyWire is to save international students and their families money that would otherwise be lost on bank fees and unfavorable foreign exchange rates. With flyWire, 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, flyWire provides a student dashboard where payment logs and preferences for communication can be accessed in order to actively manage your payment process.


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 and medical insurance. Your financial sponsors should complete the Financial Resources Form and return it to the Admissions Office along with supporting documents from their bank.  When IWU has received these items we will send you the Immigration I-20 form.  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 $900-$1000 per year. You can buy medical insurance upon arrival to campus. The International Student Advisor can provide information about various medical insurance companies.


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.


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.


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.


American students will be curious about you and your country. You will want to bring something from home (clothing, pictures, items) that you can show to students in the U.S.


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.

Last updated: 12/08/2016