International Students

Each year, our campus is enriched by the presence of international students. Students from other countries who wish to enroll at Roanoke College must submit the application form, secondary school transcript with an official English translation, examination results and a financial statement. Official transcripts and records should to be sent directly to Roanoke from all high/secondary schools and universities that you have attended.  The transcripts should indicate all of the completed courses, the final grades received, and any certificates or diplomas awarded. 

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 (68 internet-based or 190 computer-based). Roanoke College also accepts the results of the SAT, APIEL or IELTS exams in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum APIEL score for admission is 3 and the minimum IELTS score is 6.  Two courses in English as a Second Language (LANG 221 and 222) are taught as needed each year. Students are enrolled in these courses based on their standardized test scores and on the results of a Roanoke College English proficiency test taken during orientation.

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. Foreign university credentials must be evaluated, course by course, through an approved foreign credentials evaluation service.

All international applicants must send a bank-certified statement and/or other form of     documentation such as the College Board’s International Student Financial Aid Application indicating the annual resources available for their education. The financial statement or financial aid application should be sent with the admissions application and is required for the issuance of an I-20 Visa Eligibility form. 

In order to be considered for academic scholarships, international students must first apply and be accepted to the college. Merit scholarships are based upon demonstrated academic achievement.  International students may also win additional scholarships by competing on-campus in the Scholars Program or by applying to the Honors Program and the Undergraduate Research Assistants Program.  International students may also work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week during the school year.