A welcoming, tight-knit community awaits you in sunny Santa Barbara!
• Forbes has recognized Westmont as No. 123 in Private Colleges, No. 68 in Liberal Arts Universities, and No. 23 among national liberal arts colleges whose graduates earn the highest salaries.
• Westmont is located on the California coast about an hour and a half north of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and 20 minutes from Santa Barbara Airport (SBA).
• Westmont is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, California State Board of Education, and National Association of Schools of Music.
• Non-U.S. citizens accepted for admission need a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Student Form (I-20) to apply for the F-1 Student Visa. An I-20 is issued to accepted students once the college has received their tuition deposits.
• About 85 percent of Westmont students live in our campus housing, facilitating a close-knit student community.
• International Students have the opportunity to participate in paid internships and part-time jobs while on the F-1 Visa, through CPT and OPT programs.
Steps to Apply
We recommend international students apply with the Common App, which is free of charge.
All documents, including high school and college transcripts, must be translated into English and evaluated by an approved credential evaluation service before being sent to the Office of Admissions. You can contact any credential evaluator approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluators (NACES).
Applicants have the option of submitting ACT or SAT scores or withholding them. However you choose to proceed, we always conduct a holistic review of each application, including academic credentials, extra-curricular involvement, demonstrated leadership and more.
If English is not the primary language in your home country, proof of English proficiency is required in the form of a TOEFL score (83 minimum) or IELTS score (6.5 minimum).
Interviews are required of all fall 2021 and spring 2022 applicants. We want to know you personally.
Non-US citizens accepted for admission need a Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Immigrant Status Form (I-20) to apply for the F-1 Visa (Student Visa). An I-20 is issued to admitted students after the college has received the Certification of Finances demonstrating proof of funding and a confirmation deposit.
International students may receive up to $25,000 in merit-based scholarship aid. Applicants are also eligible to apply for departmental aid: athletic (based on coach’s assessment), music, art, theatre and cultural diversity. Students may also work on campus. Please also submit the Certification of Finances form. For further questions, reach out to your counselor or Westmont's financial aid office.
A NEW PLACE TO CALL HOME
Find out more about life at Westmont as an International Student.
International Student Stories
“No one can do life alone—it takes a village, a community, to rally around you and build a good life. Through my experience at Westmont, I’ve seen how God takes care of us through people around us.”
Marie Odile Ndayishimiye Uwineza, Rwanda
"Westmont is a great place to grow your faith. Through my New Testament class, chapel, and difficult conversations with my roommates and professors, I got more of a grasp on what I truly believe and built concrete foundations to support everything I learned."
Ashton Kelly, Australia
"It was easier to find my place at Westmont as a missionary kid than at my previous school. The professors were super considerate and valued my unique perspective. International students have so much to offer Westmont and vice versa. My biggest take away from my time at Westmont is summed up in its motto. I want Christ to hold preeminence in my life."
Daniel Kohl, Jordan