International Students

Each year, our campus is greatly enriched by the presence of international students who enroll and study toward a bachelor’s degree. In addition to submitting the application form and secondary school transcript with the official English translation, international students whose first language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have the results mailed to the College. The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 520 [or 190 computer-based]. International students whose native language is not English, may also choose to take the APIEL exam in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum APIEL score for admission is 3. Roanoke College is an affiliate of ELS Language Centers worldwide and accepts ELS level 112 in lieu of the TOEFL to certify competence in English. An advanced ESL course (LANG 101/102) is taught on campus each Fall term for credit. Students admitted with a TOEFL score of 550 or below must enroll in the ESL course.

Successful results on national examinations such as A levels (U.K.) or Baccalaureate (France) may lead to advanced placement and credit toward the degree. These scores should be mailed with the application. International students must submit a formal autobiographical essay of two pages, written in English, discussing why the student wishes to study at Roanoke College.

An official bank statement indicating the availability of funds to support the student for one academic year must also be sent with the completed application. The College Board Foreign Student Financial Aid Application form may be submitted in lieu of the official bank statement. International students are encouraged to apply for merit-based financial aid. Superior results on the Scholastic Achievement Test or the ACT will be taken into consideration when awarding partial scholarships.