International Applicants

Williams is committed to building a community that includes the brightest minds from around the world. Each year, we receive nearly 1500 international applications—that is, from students who, regardless of country of residence, do not hold U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or a green card—from more than 100 countries. Today, international students comprise eight percent of the Williams student body. Learn more about our international community here.

Please note that undocumented students are considered domestic rather than international applicants.

Applying for Financial Aid as an International Applicant

While we are not need-blind for international applicants, exceptionally talented international candidates will typically be admitted regardless of their degree of need. Nearly 60% of Williams’ international students receive financial aid from the college and their financial aid awards average $60,000 annually.

Williams meets 100 percent of the demonstrated need of every student admitted to the college. In addition to funding tuition, room, and board, our aid packages for international students include yearly travel, textbooks, and personal spending allowances. Financial aid also applies to any Williams approved study away program throughout the world; additional resources are available to offset the costs of Winter Study trips and projects.

Please note that if an international applicant intends to apply for financial aid at any point during their time at Williams, they MUST apply for financial aid when applying as a first-year applicant for admission. Please email our financial aid office or visit their website for more information.

Application Requirements for International Applicants

Given the number of international applicants to Williams annually, the Admission Committee is familiar with the nuances of school systems and curricula from around the world. Therefore, international applicants follow the same application procedures as U.S. citizens and are not required to submit any additional forms or testing. Those students whose first language or language of academic instruction is not English must document their English proficiency, but there is no one required examination. While we are happy to review TOEFL or IELTS results, such examinations are not requirements for admission to Williams.

Questions about applying as an international applicant? Please contact Tanya Aydelott, Associate Director for International Recruitment.