International Applicants

Undergraduate International Student Application Requirements

Priority Deadlines

Spring: November 1
Fall: March 1

Woodbury University has a rolling admission deadline policy and prospective students may apply at any time, however after application deadline, the enrollment term is not guaranteed.

GPA minimum for all undergraduate programs: 2.5 out of 4.0 (unweighted)

International Freshman Applicants

Prospective international students who are current high school seniors and have not graduated from high school at the time of university application. A high school equivalency certificate or GED can be considered on an individual basis.

Select and submit one of the following applications along with a $75 non-refundable application fee.

WOODBURY APPLICATION

In order to complete your application, all required sections of the Woodbury Application must be complete, including submission of required admissions documents uploaded through the page. If you apply using the Woodbury Application, a Common Application is not required.

COMMON APPLICATION

In order to complete your application, all required sections must be submitted on the Common Application website, including required supplemental questions. If you apply using the Common Application, a Woodbury Application is not required.

High school transcripts that include 11th grade are required for all applicants who have not yet graduated at the time of application. Upon acceptance, and prior to enrollment, a final official transcript indicating graduation must be submitted.

All foreign transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation.

Electronic Submission
Woodbury Application – Upload unofficial transcripts to the Woodbury Application, or submit official transcripts via Parchment, Naviance and The National Clearinghouse.

Common Application – Official high school transcripts can be submitted through the Common Application process.

Mail Submission
Official transcripts through mail submission, must include an original signature of the school official(s) and be sealed in an unopened envelope. Transcripts should be mailed to:

Woodbury University
Office of Admissions
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-7846
United States

Provide proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the following test scores taken within two years of the date of application

  • Minimum TOEFL of 61 (ibt)
  • Minimum IELTS of 6.0

OR

  • Completion of a transferable English composition course (non-ESL) with a grade of C or better, from an accredited and approved college or university
  • Completion of an accredited English language program with the highest proficiency level, from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), or the American Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)

Woodbury University is test optional. Freshman applicants are not required to submit SAT I or ACT scores, but can submit to help strengthen their applications. Contact your testing center to have your scores submitted and reference Woodbury University code listed below.

Woodbury University Codes:

  • SAT I: 4955
  • ACT: 0481

Applicants may submit academic letters of recommendation from high school teachers, counselors and/or employers.

Electronic Submission
Woodbury Application – Upload unofficial transcripts to the Woodbury Application, or submit official transcripts via Parchment, Naviance and The National Clearinghouse.

Mail Submission
Letters of recommendation can also be mailed to:

Woodbury University
Office of Admissions
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-7846
United States

Applicants can select one of the topics below and write a 500-word personal essay. Upload the essay directly through the Woodbury Application or the Common Application.

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

The submission of a portfolio is required for Animation applicants and highly recommended for Graphic Design majors.

Students applying for the majors listed below should submit a portfolio via the respective SlideRoom link below. A nominal fee will be charged by SlideRoom for this service. Full instructions are listed on the site. For general artwork, we recommend scanned images rather than photos for best resolution. URLs can also be submitted by uploading a PDF or document containing the link. Requirements can be found on the Slideroom site.

ANIMATION – FALL 2019
GRAPHIC DESIGN – FALL 2019

A Form I-20 is generated after an international applicant has been admitted and has accepted their offer of admission by submitting their nonrefundable commitment deposit and Statement of Intent. The I-20 processing step requires the following documentation to be submitted:

  • Passport– Submit a copy of applicants’ passport, along with that of any dependents who will apply for an F-2 visa.
  • Financial Guarantee– Submit proof of financial support in the form of a bank statement dated within the last six months. Financial support must be sufficient to cover student expenses for one full academic year. Bank statements must be original, and on letterhead from a checking, savings, or time deposit account. Brokerage (stock funds), real estate, or any other non-liquid assets are not acceptable. All bank statements must be in English and in U.S. dollar currency or its foreign equivalence. A Sponsor Form is required for any document which is not in the name of the applicant .

I-20 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SPONSOR FORM

  • Sponsor I-20 Form – The Sponsor I-20 form is to be completed by international students who are being sponsored by someone other than themselves.

TRANSFER I-20 FORM

The Transfer I-20 Form is only required for applicants who are currently in the United States with a valid form I-20 from another institution.

International Transfer Applicants

International transfer applicants are high school graduates who have completed a minimum of 24 transferable units at the time of application. Any applicant with fewer than 24 units at the time of application should apply as a freshman. All transfer credit will be considered and evaluated by the Registrar’s Office.

Submit applications, along with a non-refundable application fee, online using the link below:

WOODBURY APPLICATION

In order to complete your application, all required sections of the Woodbury Application must be complete, including submission of required admissions documents uploaded through the page.

Official transcripts are required from all colleges/universities attended. Official high school transcripts and proof of high school graduation are required for students who have not completed an associate’s degree.

All foreign transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation.

Electronic Submission
Upload unofficial transcripts to the Woodbury Application, or submit official transcripts via Parchment, Naviance, or The National Clearinghouse.

Mail Submission
Official transcripts through mail submission, must include an original signature of the school official(s) and be sealed in an unopened envelope. Transcripts should be mailed to:

Woodbury University
Office of Admissions
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-7846
United States

Provide proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the following test scores taken within two years of the date of application

  • Minimum TOEFL of 61 (ibt)
  • Minimum IELTS of 6.0

OR

  • Completion of a transferable English composition course (non-ESL) with a grade of C or better, from an accredited and approved college or university
  • Completion of an accredited English language program with the highest proficiency level, from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), or the American Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).

(Optional)

Applicants may submit academic or professional letters of recommendation from instructors.

Electronic Submission
Upload letters of recommendation directly through the Woodbury Application.

Mail Submission
Letters of recommendation can also be mailed to:

Woodbury University
Office of Admissions
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504-7846
United States

(Optional)

Select one of the topics below and write a 500-word personal essay. Upload the essay directly through the Woodbury Application.

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Priority Deadline: March 1

Students applying for the majors listed below should submit a portfolio via the respective SlideRoom link below. A nominal fee will be charged by SlideRoom for this service. Full instructions are listed on the site. For general artwork, we recommend scanned images rather than photos for best resolution. URLs can also be submitted by uploading a PDF or document containing the link. Requirements can be found on the Slideroom site.

ANIMATION – FALL 2019
GRAPHIC DESIGN – FALL 2019
INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE – FALL 2019
UNDERGRADUATE ARCHITECTURE – FALL 2019

A Form I-20 is generated after an international applicant has been admitted and has accepted their offer of admission by submitting their nonrefundable commitment deposit and Statement of Intent. The I-20 processing step requires the following documentation to be submitted:

  • Passport– Submit a copy of applicants’ passport, along with that of any dependents who will apply for an F-2 visa.
  • Financial Guarantee– Submit proof of financial support in the form of a bank statement dated within the last six months. Financial support must be sufficient to cover student expenses for one full academic year. Bank statements must be original, and on letterhead from a checking, savings, or time deposit account. Brokerage (stock funds), real estate, or any other non-liquid assets are not acceptable. All bank statements must be in English and in U.S. dollar currency or its foreign equivalence. A Sponsor Form is required for any document which is not in the name of the applicant .

I-20 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SPONSOR FORM

  • Sponsor I-20 Form – The Sponsor I-20 form is to be completed by international students who are being sponsored by someone other than themselves.

TRANSFER I-20 FORM

  • The Transfer I-20 Formis only required for applicants who are currently in the United States with a valid form I-20 from another institution.

Submission of falsified documentation will result in university admission denial or termination after enrollment.

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Additional Information

Woodbury has developed a truly vibrant environment that promotes cultural diversity and cross-cultural communication throughout the university. International students will experience opportunities to connect with the campus community and experience the culture of the United States and Southern California. Specialized resources are available for students including individual attention, advising, academic support and student life support.

Learn more about our services for international students

Once your application is processed, an admissions counselor will contact you and you will be informed if further documentation is needed to complete your application. Please take time to review the FAQ below for answers to many questions you may have.

Submission of falsified documentation will result in university admission denial or termination after enrollment.

Please note that on-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and is not guaranteed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to some frequently asked questions that international applicants often have.

International Student Basics

A: Woodbury University defines international students based on citizenship and residency status. If a student will not hold citizenship or permanent residency in the United States one month before a semester starts, the student is an international student who must have an F-1 visa to study.

A: The F-1 visa is a non-immigrant student visa. This is an entry visa used by students deemed qualified to pursue a full course of study at an approved school. An F-1 visa cannot be issued nor renewed while in the US. Visas can only be issued at US embassy or consulate offices abroad. Once you have your I-20, you will need to schedule an appointment with your local U.S. embassy or consulate and pay the SEVIS fee. Click here for the U.S. State Department’s list of embassies worldwide.

If you have a valid I-20 but the F-1 visa has already expired, you do not have to renew the visa unless you leave the US and plan to return.

To learn more about the F-1 visa, visit the U.S. State department’s website here. For more region or country specific information, visit your local EducationUSA office www.educationusa.state.gov.

A: The form I-20, also known as Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant F-1 Student Status, is a legal document and evidence of your acceptance to the school issuing the I-20. It is required when applying for an F-1 visa at a US embassy or consulate. Your I-20 is proof of status and should be kept with your passport.

A: No. Although Canadian citizens must apply as international students and receive a form I-20 from Woodbury University, they do not need to go to a US Embassy and apply for an F-1 visa. However, the SEVIS fee needs to be paid and a valid I-20 presented when entering the US.

A: No. As a US citizen, legal resident or greed cardholder, you are a domestic student regardless of where you have been studying.

Visa Requirements

A: If you are admitted to Woodbury University and wish to attend, you will need to apply for a student visa, which is called the F-1 visa. This process includes submitting financial statements showing that you have funding to study in the U.S. More information on the visa application process is listed on the travel.state.gov website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/study/student-visa.html#howtoapply

A: To be eligible for the I-20, you will need to be admitted, deposited and submit the following supplemental documents:
Copy of passport photo page – this must be a clear legible photocopy of the photo and biographical information page of your passport
Proof of Sufficient Funds – Bank statement showing at least USD$58,000
Sponsor Form

Transfer students must also provide the following documents:

  • Copy of visa photo page
  • Copy of current I-20
  • Transfer Form

A: Please allow 3-4 weeks for the I-20 processing after submitting all required documents. When ready, your I-20 will be shipped via an express courier. An email with tracking information will be sent directly to your email on file.

A: If you are in active status at your current school, you can request your previous school to transfer your SEVIS record to Woodbury University for issuance of a new I-20.

If you are graduating, or your program is ending, you must request to transfer your I-20 to Woodbury University within 60 days of your program end date.

A: SEVIS stands for Student Exchange Visitor Information System and is an internet-based system developed by the US Department of Homeland Security. In order to activate your I-20, you should pay the SEVIS fee at least three days before your visa interview. SEVIS fee information is available at www.fmjfee.com.

Admissions

A: For this information, please see our International Applicants page.

A: Official transcripts (both high school and collegiate) are required to be send directly to:
Woodbury University
Office of Admissions
7500 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504

United States

TOEFL score reports must be sent by mail directly by ETS to the Office of Admissions. IELTS scores can be sent by the agency by mail or through the electronic delivery system.

A: All documents regarding your education (marks, certificates, diplomas, etc.) and test scores (TOEFL) must be sent to us DIRECTLY from the school(s) you attended, the Ministry of Education, or the Testing Authority. We do not accept copies issued to students as official. The documents may be a photocopy, only if signed by a school, ministry, or testing authority official, and sent directly to us by the school, the Ministry of Education, or testing authority in a letterhead envelope.

In other words, we must be able to determine that the document we receive (whether the original or a photocopy) has been verified by the issuing institution and that the student (or anyone else) has not had the opportunity to see or touch the document from the time of the verification until we open the document in our office.

If you have any questions whether the document(s) you plan to submit are official, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

A: An original (regardless if it has been laminated) which has been mailed or presented to our office by the student or family. Originals or photocopies of documents which have been “certified” and mailed by a translator or notary.

Preliminary marks or test scores. If you have any questions whether the document(s) you plan to submit is official, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

A: Yes, we consider applicants based on GPA. Students who complete more than 24 transferable units are considered as transfer students and the decision is based on the GPA for all coursework completed up to that point.

Freshman students are those who are coming straight from high school or who have 23 or fewer units completed at a community college. The high school GPA is considered for admission purposes in this case, but all transferable units are still awarded based on the same protocol as transfer students.

A: Woodbury University’s undergraduate English proficiency requirement can be satisfied with a TOEFL test score of 61, IELTS score of 6.0 or an approved English composition course from an accredited US school if completed with a grade “C” or higher.

PLEASE NOTE: We reserve the right to refuse courses we feel do not adequately prepare students for our curriculum, or require an English placement exam to be taken to demonstrate placement.

Freshman students who will graduate from a high school in an English-speaking country are automatically waived from this requirement.

Cost, Tuition, and Scholarships

A: Current student Tuition and Fees are provided on our website. International students must also present a bank statement showing the minimum amount required to demonstrate ability to pay. The 2018-2019 minimum required to be shown in a bank statement is $58,000 for undergraduate students and $61,000 for graduate students.

Because we based our tuition on a variety of different variables, we cannot predict what future tuition costs will be. It is set each year by our Board of Trustees.

A: No, Woodbury University is a private non-profit university and does not receive funding from the state of California. As a result, we charge all students the same tuition.

A: Need-based financial aid is not available for international students. We recommend international students research scholarship opportunities that may be available in their home countries to study in the U.S. However, all international applicants are automatically considered for merit-based International Student Scholarships:

Presidential Merit Scholarship $10,000 [3.5 GPA and above]
Woodbury International Scholarship $6,000 [3.0 GPA and above]

A: Yes – international students may apply for on-campus jobs and may work up to 20 hours per week during regular school terms and full-time during school breaks such as summer vacation.

Academics

A: Class level and major affect the size of classes that a student will encounter. Students are likely to experience an increasing proportion of small classes as they progress from freshman to senior level. Our average class sizes vary between 15 and 20 students.

A: All students have a designated advisor to help navigate through the university, choose courses, and graduate on time. Advising is part of Student Orientation And Registration (SOAR) which is mandatory for all new students to attend.

A: The university grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations on which a student scores 3, 4 or 5 and for International Baccalaureate Higher Level (IBH) Examinations on which a student scores 5, 6 or 7. The university does not grant credit for IB standard or subsidiary level exams.

Work and Internships

A: Off-campus employment is limited to temporary employment for practical training directly related to the student’s major area of study. There are two types of practical training: curricular (CPT) and optional (OPT). In order to engage in practical training, students must apply for employment authorization with their International Student Advisor.

A: All of Woodbury University’s programs require students to complete an internship opportunity as a graduate requirement. Students can find internships through the campus career advisor, contacts with their professors, or by working with their department.

Campus Life, Housing, and Student Organizations

A: Woodbury University is located in a quiet, residential area and is very safe. Access to the campus is restricted to students, faculty, staff and visitors with a pass. Security is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

A: No, Woodbury students are not required to live on campus, although many students choose to do so because of the community and convenience of on-campus living. If you choose to apply for campus housing, you are encouraged to do so right after you commit and deposit for your space as we have a limited number of spaces available each year.

A: Woodbury University has many student organizations and associations based on academic, ethnic, political, and cultural interests. You can view of list of our current student organizations.