International admissions 

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Undergraduate Requirements

Complete the online application

  •  Application fee. 
  • Official high school transcript.
    • If your home country has universal, mandatory examinations to enter college, such as A Levels or the West African Examination Certificate, please provide these scores as well. If you are uncertain whether you should include an examination or not, please get in touch and we’d be happy to clarify!
  • Country-specific examinations
  • Proof of English Proficiency 
  • Letter(s) of recommendation (optional)
  • A personal essay (optional)
  • Passport
  • Financial Affidavit and supporting documents
    • The Financial Affidavit is needed for immigration purposes only. It is not mandatory to submit with your application and can be submitted after admission if preferred.

 You will be considered for admission to PennWest California after careful review of your high school record, academic coursework and SAT/ACT scores. Attention is given to your personal essay, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation, if submitted. 

English Proficiency Requirements

  TOEFL IELTS Duolingo
Full admission 61 5.5 90
Exemptions: Applicants are exempt from providing proof of English proficiency if they:
  •  Hold a degree from a secondary school or university taught entirely in English (additional documentation may be requested)

Graduate Requirements

Complete the online application and submit the following:

  • Application fee
  •  Official bachelor’s and/or graduate level transcripts or official evaluation of transcripts with a course-by-course evaluation including GPA (WES or Silny preferred). Evaluations from any NACES Member will be accepted.
  • Submit all program specific requirements
    •  View the program requirements by selecting from our program listing and scrolling down to the “Admission Requirements” on the specific program page
  • Proof of English Proficiency. Exempted countries are listed below.
    •  Any applicant that has earned a bachelor’s degree or beyond with English as the medium of instruction will also be exempted from this exam requirement
  • Passport 
  • Financial Affidavit and supporting documents 
    • The Financial Affidavit is needed for immigration purposes only. It is not mandatory to submit with your application and can be submitted after admission if preferred.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS duolingo
Full admission 76 6 95


English Language Test Exemptions

Language Degree Exemptions

Those who hold a degree in which the language of instruction was English, provided English is the official language of the country in which the university is located OR the institution is accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency.


Citizens of the following countries:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cameroon*
  • Canada*
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • eSwatini
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

*Applies to applicants whose post-secondary degree is from a university in which English is the language of instruction.

International Payments

PennWest California partners with Flywire by peerTransfer to provide you with an easy and secure method of sending international payments. peerTransfer allows you to:

  • Track your payment from start to finish.
  • Pay from any country and any bank.
  • Save on bank fees and exchange rates.
  • Receive peace of mind with dedicated multilingual customer support.

Flywire is used to pay both your application fee and your tuition deposit upon admission. Go to Flywire for more information. 

Still have questions? Get in touch with our Director of International Admissions, Andrew Conlogue, at or 724 938-5080!

You can also schedule a one on one Zoom call! Be sure to select that you are an International student to ensure you are directed to the correct counselor.



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Need help?

Undergraduate Students
Please contact Andrew Conlogue at or telephone +1 724-938-5080.

Graduate Students
Please contact or telephone 724-938-4187.