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.
Because of the considerable amount of reading and writing across the Williams curriculum, a high level of English proficiency is a prerequisite for admission. If English is not your first language or language of academic instruction, please know that there are English language resources available to students but Williams does not offer English as a Second Language courses. We don’t require international students 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.
Williams is proud to be one of the small handful of schools who’ve launched the Global Student Haven Initiative (GSHI). Created in response to the conflict in Ukraine and the crisis in Afghanistan, GSHI seeks to remove barriers in the college application process for talented students who are displaced by war, political conflict, catastrophic natural disasters or other crises. Impacted students should not hesitate to reach out.
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.
If you have questions at any point during the process, email Associate Director of Admission Markus Burns.