To apply for admission to Trinity, international candidates must provide the following documentation:
- Complete the Trinity online application (no fee). Your Trinity journey starts here!
- Transcripts: Original or certified educational documents of high school transcripts and degree, university transcripts and mark sheets. All international applicants or students who are U.S. citizens who have obtained high school or college/university credit from an institution outside of the United States must submit official transcripts for a course-by-course evaluation by one of the agencies accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).
- Recommendation Letters: International applicants must provide two letters of recommendation from a high school teacher, college professor or current employer.
- English Proficiency Standards: If English is not an official language in your country, you have not earned a college/university degree in the U.S., or you are not currently enrolled in a degree program in the U.S. you will need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language or an International English Language Testing System exam before you can be considered for final admissions. All English proficiency scores are valid for two years from the test date. Official test scores must be provided directly from the testing agency. TOEFL: Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language must be submitted directly to Trinity by ETS (Educational Testing Services). Trinity’s code is 5796, and a minimum score of 550 on paper-based test (PBT) or 213 on computer-based test (CBT) or 79 on Internet-based test (IBT) is required. IELTS – Academic: A minimum6.5 total band score. is required.
- The Immigration Form I–20 needed to obtain the F-1/Student Visa will be issued only to applicants who: 1) Are admitted to Trinity. 2) Demonstrate sufficient funds to cover expenses for at least one academic year. Proof of financial responsibility, which includes an official bank statement for the first year of study, along with a letter of sponsorship from the Sponsor. Contact the International Student Adviser, Hanan Adnan, at email@example.com or (+1) 202-884-9141 for details regarding proof of financial responsibility. Note: All international students must pursue a full course of study (a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester for undergraduate students and 9 credit hours for graduate students). Failure to adhere to this USCIS requirement for F-1 students may jeopardize your legal non-immigrant status.
Frequently Asked Questions
Certainly, Trinity Washington University is an inclusive environment and welcomes students from all over the world (as well as from our local community). International applicants who need an F1-Visa to study full time in the U.S.A. may apply to Trinity for study but must keep in mind that additional steps are required to obtain the I-20 needed in order to apply for a student visa. As a result, applying early is most helpful to provide ample time for students to obtain the I-20 and apply for a visa (i.e. applying 2-3 months prior to the start of classes is ideal). International students requiring a student visa are not eligible for fully online degree programs.
In the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Professional Studies undergraduate programs, full time international students on a student visa may compete for institutional merit-based scholarships at Trinity. Students must apply completely for admission, and if admitted, merit-based scholarship awards are decided upon at the time of admission. Applicants don’t need to file an additional application to be considered for merit-based institutional awards from Trinity – your completed application will put you in the running for consideration.
Yes, any transcript used to apply for admission that is not from a U.S. based institution must be evaluated by a third party evaluation service. Evaluations from any of the following providers are accepted: NACES | Credentials Evaluations Provided by NACES Members
Yes, if any of the following are true, you will need to take an English Proficiency test and submit valid test scores to apply:
- If English is not an official language in your country
- If you have not earned a college/university degree in the U.S.
- Or, if you are not currently enrolled in a degree program in the U.S.
Test of English as a Foreign Language or an International English Language Testing System are required to apply to Trinity if any of the above are true. All English proficiency scores are valid for two years from the test date. Official test scores must be provided directly from the testing agency to Trinity Washington. TOEFL: Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language must be submitted directly to Trinity by ETS (Educational Testing Services). Trinity’s code is 5796, and a minimum score of 550 on paper-based test (PBT) or 213 on computer-based test (CBT) or 79 on Internet-based test (IBT) is required. IELTS – Academic: A minimum 6.5 total band score. is required.
Trinity Washington welcomes international students. Currently, international students on a student visa represent an overall small yet mighty percent of the overall population at Trinity. Representation of many cultures is prevalent at Trinity regardless of visa status. The overall population of international students at Trinity is growing also and this is welcomed.
International students enjoy all the privileges of student life at Trinity. An international student association club has also been established to further support both undergraduate and graduate international students at Trinity Washington.
Yes, some of our international students have agreed to connect with prospective students to help answer general questions about their student experience. To get connected, email Trinity Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to get connected with a current international undergraduate or graduate student (note: the international student may OR may not be from the same country as the applicant. We can’t guarantee a direct match on Country of origin).
Yes, in addition to Trinity’s collegiate orientation, international students are required to attend international student orientation. International students accepted for admission to Trinity must “check-in” with the International Student Advisor immediately upon arrival to campus. After admission, contact Hanan Adnan to schedule orientation (or learned the prescribed date of orientation): email@example.com or (+1) 202-884-9141.
International Students requiring a student visa to enroll are not eligible to participate in any fully online degree program at Trinity. Visa requirements require international students maintain full-time enrollment and limit the number of online courses to no more than 1 online course per semester.
Students are responsible for arranging the payment of tuition and fees by the first day of class of each semester. The Office of Enrollment Services is prepared to assist students and their families in making installment payment plans.
All balances must be paid in full or satisfactory arrangements for future payment must be made before starting class each semester. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at (202) 884-9530 as early as possible to discuss tuition planning.
Trinity admits students for a specific semester. If you wish to enroll for a semester later than that for which you are admitted, please contact your admissions recruiter to guide you through the process. A deferral must be requested with your admissions recruiter for this to happen.
You may enter the US up to 30 days prior to the first day of the semester. We recommend that all students arrive to Trinity at least one week prior to the first day of the semester. This gives students time to check-in with the International Student Advisor and attend the orientation sessions.
Every nonimmigrant entering the U.S. on a sponsored visa (F, J, H, etc.) will have a Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record created by the Department of Homeland Security upon entry. This record confirms that you have been legally admitted to the U.S. in a specific visa status, and for a duration of time. For F visa holders, the amount of time is indicated by the notation “D/S,” which means you can be in the U.S. for the “Duration of Status” of your student or scholar program.
The I-94 record is created online; no document is issued on the spot. It is your responsibility to look up your I-94 record after entering the U.S. As soon as you arrive from international travel and have access to a computer, look up your I-94 record to make sure there are no errors.
No, international students have to be fully admitted to Trinity in order to request an I-20.
No, international students cannot study part time. U.S. immigration law requires that all international students on F-1 student visas maintain full-time enrollment. To be considered full time, undergraduate students must be registered for a minimum of 12 credits. Graduate students must be registered for a minimum of 9 credits to be considered full time.
Yes, according to U.S. law, on-campus employment is the only legal employment for international students as long as they are maintaining their status.
Once you have submitted your DOI (Declaration of Intent), you will be connected with your academic advisor who will guide you through the registration process. You will register for classes once you have obtained an F1 visa.
In general, most visas allow for part-time/full-time study. Visa types that are prohibited by US immigration law from studying are B1 and B2. Trinity does not issue M-1 visas. F-2’s may study part time.
Yes. Your spouse and unmarried children under age 21 may join you in the US as F-2 dependents. Please inform the International Student Advisor about your dependent(s) and get the necessary information to obtain an F-2 I-20. Your dependent needs an I-20 to apply for an F-2 visa.
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is the system used to create and update immigration records for F-1 Visa students. For more information, see Study in the States. The I-901 SEVIS Fee is mandated by Congress to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors and ensures that they maintain their status while in the United States.
If you are issued a new I-20 with a new SEVIS number, you are required to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee.
For complete details and to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee visit the Student Exchange and Visitor Program website.
After paying, print a copy of your I-901 SEVIS fee receipt and keep it with your I-20.
You should apply for a visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country using the admission letter + I-20 form from Trinity, financial documents and I-901 SEVIS fee receipt. You must pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee. You can schedule a visa appointment up to 120 days in advance of your program start date.
No, being accepted at Trinity does not guarantee your F-1 visa.
Yes, an affidavit of support is required as part of the student’s application package. It enables international F-1 Visa applicants to verify that they have the necessary financial means to support their education. Verifying financial support with Trinity also prepares you for demonstrating to U.S. Embassy/Consulate officials that you can afford your education.