Admissions Process

Applying/Getting Accepted to CWRU

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) does not handle the admissions process at Case Western Reserve University.

Students must complete an application appropriate for their level and course of study. Information about the admission processes are available on the university’s website.

New F-1 and J-1 students who receive an offer of admission from CWRU will interact with ISS in the following ways:

  1. ISS will receive information about you from your admitting department, which will be used to begin the process of creating your immigration form (either an I-20 or DS-2019).
  2. ISS will need to receive proof of financial support for one academic year (tuition and living expenses), as well as any other supplementary information
  3. When ISS is in possession of all required documentation, the appropriate immigration form (either an I-20 or DS-2019) will be generated and you will be provided with instructions for having your form sent to you. Along with your immigration form, ISS will provide important information about arriving on campus and living in Cleveland.
  4. Finally, you will need to apply for a visa at a United States consulate.

Students Transferring to CWRU from another U.S. Institution:

  1. Complete steps 1-3 as listed above.
  2. Download our Transfer-In Request Form  and request that your current international student advisor complete and return the form to our office. This also will prompt your advisor to arrange the electronic transfer of your current Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record to CWRU.
  3. Consult an international student advisor at CWRU to discuss whether or not you need to renew your visa or if you plan to travel abroad before the start of your first semester at CWRU.