Non-Native English Speakers and International Students

Graduate students from other countries are welcome and encouraged to apply to Goodwin College master’s programs. A student eligible for graduate study must have received the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in their native country and must meet the further admission requirements of the graduate program of interest. The student’s background and preparation must be such in content and scope as to indicate the ability to successfully complete the curriculum requirements of the Goodwin College graduate program.

Applicants for admission whose native language is not English are required to prove their proficiency in the English Language. Proficiency can be proven by submitting the results of an English Proficiency examination, such as the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL scores must fall between 85 to 90 and the scores for the IETS must be at least a 6.5. Goodwin College will review each section independently to make sure that the writing and reading component is strong. 

The College website provides prospective and enrolled international students with information on academic programs and student services available at the College and in the local community. Admission requirements for international students differ from domestic student requirements. For complete instructions and to access the online application, contact the International Admissions Team (860) 913-2227 and refer to the College website:

Among the admission requirements are proof of English proficiency, a Certificate of Finances, and translated and evaluated academic transcripts. International students may attend Goodwin College on an F-1 student visa and demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward their degree. The College will issue the student an I-20 form once all the appropriate paper work and fees are submitted. International graduate students must be enrolled full-time for 9-credit hours every semester. 

A certified financial statement is required of international students, confirming that all college and personal expenses are covered for the initial year of proposed attendance at Goodwin College. Students can satisfy this requirement with a bank statement indicating the required amount of money for the academic year. International students are not eligible to receive any federal or state aid to offset their tuition and fees. Goodwin College’s International Admissions Team can answer questions about the financial process and options.

Furthermore, enrollment requirements include proof of immunization and mandatory enrollment in Goodwin College’s health insurance program. The course registration process begins once payment is processed and students have completed their mandatory orientation. Additional placement testing may occur at this time. All the International Program staff will answer your questions and provide ongoing support services.

Information about international graduate admissions, English Language Proficiency, Certification of Finances and much more can be found on our web pages at