International students have new transfer option


Greene County News



FAIRBORN — International students who wish to transfer to Wright State University from a U.S. college or university may now demonstrate their English proficiency through prior college coursework.

The change was made by the Faculty Senate, which approved an amendment to the International Undergraduate Transfer Admissions Policy on April 17.

“Wright State has a proud history of welcoming international students,” said Michelle Streeter-Ferrari, director of Wright State’s University Center for International Education. “Finding new ways for them to prove their English proficiency shows our commitment to their education and their futures.”

International applicants who transfer from a U.S. college or university may now demonstrate English proficiency by having completed 24 hours or more of credit-bearing coursework taught in English with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above. The courses taken should include at least one course in English composition with a C or better.

“In the real world of transfer, full-time students will typically have completed 12 hours and have another 12 hours in progress when they apply,” said Henry Limouze, Wright State’s interim associate vice president of international affairs. “We will now accept the students and waive the English proficiency conditionally, finalizing acceptance when the students present a full transcript showing that they have completed 24 hours with at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and at least one English composition class.”

Developmental courses in reading, writing and mathematics are not transferable.

Applicants for international undergraduate admission may continue to provide evidence of English proficiency with:

– TOEFL scores of 61 or higher; 71 for the College of Engineering and Computer Science. (Scores must be less than two years old.)

– IELTS scores of 5.5 with no subscore below 5.0. (Scores must be less than two years old.)

– PTE scores of 51 or higher. (Scores must be less than two years old.)

– Successful completion of Wright State University’s LEAP Intensive English program.

– Graduation from a U.S. high school.

– Graduation from a U.S. college or university (bachelor’s degree or higher).

Wright State has a long tradition of partnering with area community colleges to facilitate a seamless transition to Wright State.

Articulation agreements provide community college students with pathways of success in their program of study. Partnerships such as the Double Degree Program with Sinclair College and the Gateway Program with Clark State Community College enable community college students to sample campus life at Wright State, receive joint advising, reside in Wright State’s residence halls, as well as be eligible for guaranteed Wright State admission, application fee waivers and special transfer scholarships.

International students choose Wright State for its value and location, quality academics, caring professors and the opportunity to participate in research as an undergraduate and graduate student.

From airport pickup to celebrating graduation, the University Center for International Education provides wraparound support services to international students for every step of their journey, serving as a catalyst for energizing and supporting them.

American students and those from around the world share each other’s culture through such events as the International Festival, Convo Club, Host Family Program and Global Connections.

Student Organizations such as the Saudi Arabian Club and Indian Student Association are active throughout the Wright State community and provide a sense of home, community, support and opportunities for student leadership.

Greene County News

Story courtesy of Wright State University.

Story courtesy of Wright State University.