Case Western Reserve is home to students, faculty and scholars from around the world.
Nearly one-fourth of CWRU undergraduates are citizens of a country other than the United States, representing more than 100 countries. International students readily find community on our campus, including in student organizations dedicated to sharing identity, celebrating traditions and building friendships.
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of undergraduates participate in experiential learning (like internships, co-op, study abroad and more)
A world-class education
Students from around the world choose Case Western Reserve because of our students’ active engagement in experiential learning—including research, internships, co-ops and more—and the big outcomes our students enjoy as a result of their CWRU experience in the classroom and beyond.
Employers who recently hired CWRU grads include:
- Cleveland Clinic
- General Motors
- National Institutes of Health
Graduate schools where recent alumni are studying include:
- Case Western Reserve University
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Johns Hopkins University
- New York University
- The Ohio State University
- Pennsylvania State University
- University of Pittsburgh
- Yale University
Applying to CWRU as an international student
International applicants to Case Western Reserve follow the same deadlines and process as domestic students. CWRU also requires English translations, if applicable, for academic records and recommendations.
English language proficiency
After submitting their Common App or Coalition Application, students whose first language is not English must submit an English language exam score to Case Western Reserve via the testing agency, or students can submit self-reported scores by completing the form on their applicant portal. Enrolling students will confirm their testing with official score reports.
Accepted language exams and scores for non-native English speakers
|Duolingo English Test
|International English Language Testing System
|TOEFL iBT, including Home Edition and Paper Edition tests
Language proficiency waiver
The English proficiency requirement can be automatically waived if you meet any one of these standards:
- Attend a school where the language of instruction is English for two years by the time of graduation
- Score 630 or higher on the SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing section
- Score 26 or higher on the ACT English
Financial aid and scholarships for international students
Automatic consideration for scholarships
Undergraduate students are automatically evaluated for several scholarships. There are others, too, including full-tuition awards, for which you can be considered. Last year alone, we awarded $110 million in institutional aid to our students.
We offer a select number of scholarships, including full-tuition awards, that require you to provide additional information and respond to an essay prompt. Learn about scholarship competitions.
Financial aid available
Financial aid is available to international students. More than 80% of CWRU students receive some financial assistance. Learn more about financial aid.
Case Western Reserve offers generous merit scholarships and financial aid consideration and meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students.
A student's perspective
“CWRU is a top private research university, so studying at CWRU could provide me more chances to take part in research, instead of simply taking courses that satisfy degree requirements. The museums around the North Residential Village provide me more choices for my leisure, and visiting these museums is really inspiring for some courses I took.”
Zhang Yunlang, 2023
Clubs and organizations for international students
With clubs and organizations ranging from Acts of Random Kindness to IMPROVment to the Scuba Club, you’ll find all kinds of ways to pursue your academic goals and personal passions.
- African Students Association
- Asian American Alliance
- Cheza Nzuri Dance Team
- Chinese Student Association
- Chinese Students and Scholars Association
- Filipino Student Union
- La Alianza
- Middle Eastern Cultural Association
- Muslim Student Association
- Pakistani Student Association
- ...and dozens more!