Admitted International Students

Welcome international students! We are happy to have you join our Willamette Law community.

In addition to the general Orientation information, International students in any program (JD, LLM, or MLS) may have additional or different requirements in preparation for beginning law school, as outlined below.

Incoming international students are required to attend two orientation sessions in August.

Friday, August 11, 2017

All international students are required to attend an Orientation session hosted by the Office of International Education. This is a mandatory all-day session which will cover required immigration and visa matters. 

Wednesday and Thursday, August 16-17, 2017

Willamette Law Orientation. This mandatory program will introduce students to law school faculty, library resources, and university facilities.

All international students are required to have health insurance coverage. You will be automatically enrolled in the university provided plan unless you submit a waiver to opt-out and remain on your own health insurance plan.

To waive the Willamette Student Health Insurance Plan, you must submit an International student health insurance waiver through the Bishop Wellness Center between July 25 and September 12.

Willamette University strives to maintain a tolerant, inclusive atmosphere for students from all backgrounds and nationalities.

Your I-20 is an important key to your port of entry into the United States. You will present the I-20 along with your passport and visa to an immigration officer at your point of entry to the United States.

To satisfy immigration requirements, English language proficiency must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): 88
  • TOEFL (paper-based): 570
  • IELTS: 6.5 
  • Satisfactory completion of the LSAT with a score sufficient to gain academic admission (JD only).
  • Successful completion of the highest level of an accredited English language program.  
  • Successful completion of a degree from an English-speaking institution.
  • Successful completion of an English language interview (by invitation only).

All international students must show they have sufficient resources to fund educational and living expenses for at least one year of full-time study. You must show at least $61,860 in liquid funds with current bank statements or a guarantee of financial support from your sponsor (if applicable).  See the Tuition and Financial Aid page for a detailed list of tuition and fees.

Please complete the Statement of Financial Responsibility form and upload copies of your financial documents and a copy of your passport and the passport(s) of any dependent(s) who will join you in the United States.

International students currently in the United States with an F-1 visa must ask the advisor at their current school to complete and return the WU F-1 Transfer In Form

Please contact our office with any questions about this process.

The Office of Admissions is here to help you find a place to live in Salem. Please visit the Moving to Salem page for more details. 

International students may want to consider living in a homestay with a host family to learn more about US culture and the English language. Willamette partners with ANDEO and American Homestay Network to help match students with host families.