Williams is committed to building a community that includes the brightest minds from around the world. Our students come from more than 90 countries, and international students—that is, students who, regardless of country of residence, don’t hold U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or a green card—make up nine percent of our student body.
The college’s admission committee is familiar with the nuances of school systems and curricula around the world. Therefore, as an international applicant you’ll follow the same application procedures as U.S. citizens, with no additional forms or tests required. If your first language or language of academic instruction isn't English, we'll use your application as an assessment of your English proficiency. Williams doesn't require you to take a proficiency exam like the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo, but we're happy to review scores from those tests if you'd like to submit them to us.
International students applying via Coalition may be granted a fee waiver like domestic applicants. International students should answer "None of these apply to me" on the Fee Waiver question and then write "Williams Fee Waiver" on the Payment screen for an automatic fee waiver.
Financial Aid for International Applicants
For international applicants seeking financial assistance, Williams offers one of the most generous and comprehensive financial aid programs in the U.S. While the college isn't need-blind for international applicants, nearly 60 percent of our international students receive financial aid from Williams, and their aid awards average $65,000 annually. Our financial aid packages include free textbooks, lab and art supplies, music lessons, storage, and one round-trip plane ticket home each year.
As an international student, you must apply for financial aid when applying to Williams if you expect to seek such aid at any point during your enrollment.