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Wayne State University is a world-renowned urban research university and leader in STEM fields, as well as the social sciences and humanities. With nearly 350 areas of study in 13 schools and colleges, we have a program that fits your academic and professional goals.

Apply to a degree program

As an international student, you can pursue a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree! 

  • Undergraduate applicants can visit the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for more information on application requirements and deadlines. 
  • Graduate applicants can visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website for more information on application requirements and deadlines. We also encourage all prospective graduate students to contact their academic deparment directly for more information about the admissions process. You can find the contact for your academic program of interest on the corresponding program page.

When you are ready to apply for admission, you can visit the main university admissions page to get started on your application. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have questions by emailing

Consider conditional admission

If you want to attend WSU and you meet all admissions requirements except the minimum level of English proficiency, you may be eligible for conditional admission through the English Language Institute. Once you achieve English proficiency, you can pursue admission to your intended degree program.

  • Transfer to WSU

    International students can transfer between SEVP-certified (Student and Exchange Visitor Program) schools in the United States and transfer credits in from two- and four-year schools around the world.

    Necessary Conditions for Transferring Schools:

    1. you must be a bona fide non-immigrant F-1 student;
    2. you must have maintained status at the previous school;
    3. you must intend to pursue a full course of study at the new school;
    4. you must be financially able to attend the new school; and
    5. you must be registered full time at the school you wish to transfer


    Undergraduate Students

    If you are an undergraduate transfer student, you can learn more about the transfer application process and deadlines by visiting the Transfer Student Success Center website. 

    When you are ready to apply, you can complete the undergraduate transfer application and submit all required documents. For applicants who have completed undergraduate coursework outside of the United States, please note that we highly recommend that you submit a course-by-course academic evaluation in the form of an ECE or WES evaluation for maximum transfer credit consideration.

    Graduate Students

    If you are a graduate student looking to transfer into a graduate program at Wayne State University, consult with your academic program of interest to determine if it is possible to transfer your graduate-level credits, or if you will be considered as a new graduate student. You can find the contact for your academic program of interest on the corresponding program page.

    When you are ready to apply, you can complete the graduate application for admission and submit all required documents. 

    Next Steps For Admitted Students

    If you are admitted, the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) will email you to confirm that you are studying at an SEVP-certified school and plan to transfer your current I-20 to WSU.

    You and your international advisor at your current institution must then complete the Transfer-in Form (pdf) and transfer your SEVIS record to WSU.

    Once you complete the above steps and your I-20 is released from your current school, your new I-20 will be created. OISS will contact you to ask whether you want your new I-20 mailed to you or whether you can come to OISS to pick it up in-person. As soon as you have your new I-20, you can register for mandatory OISS check-in.

    If you have questions about the transfer-in process, email us for help at

  • Become an exchange or visiting student

    We are happy to welcome you as an international exchange student throughout the year. Wayne State University (WSU) has exchanges with nearly 30 university partners around the world!


    You must be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student enrolled at a partner institution to be in an exchange program with us. Please check out the complete list of participating schools.

    All of our classes are taught in English, so you must be a native speaker or provide a certificate of English proficiency, such as the TOEFL, IELTS or TOEIC.

    Learn about exchanges at WSU

    As an exchange student, you'll work with the Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs.

    Application Process

    1. Confirm your school is a partner.
    2. Meet with the international exchange coordinator at your school.
    3. Receive nomination from your school.
    4. Begin gathering the documents you need. Review the undergraduate documents or graduate documents you need for your online application to WSU.
    5. Submit your online application to WSU.


    For more information, check out the Visiting USA page on the Office of Study Abroad and Global Programs website.

    Email Lisa Kyle, our international exchange coordinator, at