International
  • The Advantages of a Johnson & Wales Education

    Johnson & Wales is a world-renowned leader in experiential education. This means that you will learn by doing and turn theory into practice, from faculty with significant industry experience. You will gain a professionally focused education, and develop the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

    This is why JWU is ranked within the top 100 colleges and universities in the United States for international student enrollment. Our international students also rate our arrival services as "well above average" when compared with other universities worldwide.*

    Take a closer look and you will discover why Forbes magazine ranks JWU among America’s Top Colleges, and U.S. News & World Report includes JWU among its Best Colleges rankings – and why graduates from nearly 120 countries have chosen Johnson & Wales.

    Here are more reasons why over 1,600 international students enroll at JWU each year:

    • Scholarships especially for international students
    • Faculty with significant experience in the industries they teach
    • Small class size
    • Your own personal academic advisor
    • Comprehensive services for international students
    • A wide range of athletics, fitness programs, and student clubs and organizations
    • Four campuses to choose from: Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina
    • ESL (English Second Language) classes are available on our Providence and North Miami campuses; intensive English classes are available locally at our Denver and Charlotte campuses

    *i-Graduate International Insight Report, 2012.

     

    Contact Your Representative

    Asia, Oceania
    Jerry Czub: Bio | Email
    401-598-4927


    Canada, Students living in the USA
    Jay Schwarz: Bio | Email
    401-598-4927


    Caribbean, Latin America
    Victor Silva: Bio | Email
    401-598-4927


    Europe, Middle East, North Africa
    Wesley Roy: Bio | Email
    401-598-4927


     

    International
    Student Services

    At JWU you won’t get lost in the crowd when you arrive on campus — you’ll feel right at home.

    In fact, our international students rate arrival services here well above average when compared with more than 190 universities worldwide.*

    Through our International Student Services (ISS), we’ll do everything possible to help you find your way on and off campus. You’ll find it easy to transition into your new environment with the help of our international housing coordinator.

    ISS staff will also serve as a resource for matters related to your immigration status and getting a driver’s license. In addition, we’ll help you understand how to go about obtaining proper employment authorization as permitted by your student visa and completing Internal Revenue Service income tax returns. We’ll also help you get involved with student clubs and organizations — the perfect way to make new friends and develop professional and social skills.

    *i-Graduate International Insight Report, 2012.

     

    Paying for College

    At JWU, we’re committed to making sure that our education is as affordable as possible, so that tuition costs don’t get in the way of making your education a reality. For 2014-2015, JWU has allocated $149 million in aid.

     

    Undergraduate Student Scholarships

    International students may be eligible for merit-based academic scholarships and grants, including:

    Financial Assistance, Scholarship + Work Programs

    This year, JWU has allocated $149+ million in institutional aid to students.

    Scholarships, grants, loans and work programs awards range from $500 to full tuition and are dependent on students meeting program eligibility requirements. These programs are only available to full-time, undergraduate, day school students during the academic year and are not available during the summer term. Note: Scholarship funds are applied to the student’s account with the university in 3 equal disbursements by term (e.g., a $3,000 Presidential Academic Scholarship recipient would receive $1,000/term).

    Most scholarships are renewable for up to 4 consecutive years of enrollment.

    Important Note: There is a cap on the total dollar amount of scholarships, grants, awards, prizes and other aid that the university will award to a single student during a given academic year. The maximum amount is determined prior to each year’s financial aid awarding process and includes both university funded and university administered monies. Contact Student Academic & Financial Services for further information regarding this cap.

    Presidential International Academic Scholarships

    JWU awards academic scholarships to accepted incoming students who are in the top third of their class, have a 3.0 high school GPA and demonstrate academic excellence. Awards range from $2,000-$5,000 and are renewable up to 4 years of continuous full-time day school enrollment.

    International Academic Partnership Scholarships

    Open to International students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher and enrolling from one of the following academic partnership schools: Bermuda College; The College of Bahamas; Barbados Community College, Woosong University, and Taylors University. Awards range from $2,000-$5,000 and are renewable up to 4 years of continuous full-time day school enrollment.

    Island Scholarship

    Open to international students with a 3.0 GPA and who are citizens of Bermuda, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Lucia, and Trinidad & Tobago receive a $10,000 scholarship.

    Germany Apprenticeship Program

    Open to international students enrollment with a 3.0 GPA and enrolling from one of the following schools: Berufe Schule or Hotel Fach Schule receive a $3,000 scholarship.

    Les Roches (undergraduate)

    Open to international students with a 3.0 GPA and enrolling from Les Roche receive a $3,000 scholarship.

    DECA

    The university awards a number of DECA scholarships to accepted incoming students ranging from $1,000 up to full tuition. Awards are based on DECA activities and academic record, and are renewable based on continued involvement in and support of DECA. Apply for admission + indicate membership. The deadline for full tuition scholarship eligibility is February 1, prior to enrollment.

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Scholarship

    The university awards a number of FCCLA scholarships to accepted incoming students ranging from $1,000 up to full tuition. Awards are based on FCCLA activities and academic record, and are renewable based on continued involvement in and support of FCCLA activities. Apply for admission + indicate membership. The deadline for full tuition scholarship eligibility is February 1, prior to enrollment.

    Family Scholarship

    If two or more members of your family are simultaneously enrolled in fulltime undergraduate day school degree programs at Johnson & Wales University, each enrolled student is granted as much as a $2,000 university scholarship per academic year (Sep-May). For more information, contact Student Academic & Financial Services.

    Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Scholarship

    The university awards a number of FBLA scholarships to accepted incoming students ranging from $1,000 up to full tuition. Awards are based on FBLA activities and academic record, and are renewable based on continued involvement in and support of FBLA. Apply for admission online + indicate membership. The deadline for full tuition scholarship eligibility is February 1, prior to enrollment.

    Junior Achievement (JA) Scholarship

    The university offers a number of JA scholarships to accepted incoming students ranging from $1,000 up to full tuition. Awards are based on JA activities and academic record, and are renewable based on continued involvement in and support of JA activities. Apply for admission + indicate membership. The deadline for full

    National FFA Scholarship

    Johnson & Wales University awards a number of FFA scholarships to accepted incoming students ranging from $1,000 up to full tuition. Awards are based on FFA activities and academic record, and are renewable based on continued involvement in and support of FFA. Apply for admission + indicate membership. The deadline for full tuition scholarship eligibility is February 1, prior to enrollment.

    Phi Theta Kappa (National Honor Society) Scholarship

    A scholarship up to $7,500 is awarded to outstanding transfer students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa. The application for this scholarship is the application for admission to the university. Students who receive the Phi Theta Kappa/Alpha Beta Gamma Scholarship are not eligible to receive the Transfer Scholarship.

    Graduate student scholarships

    MBA/MS Scholarship

    Each year, Graduate Admissions awards a limited number of scholarships to MBA/MS applicants who are accepted as full-time students and reflect an ability to excel in their chosen program. The total amount of each scholarship is $1,000 and the scholarship will be credited to the student’s account in equal installments over three consecutive terms. The student must maintain full-time status while in receipt of the scholarship. Applicants must complete each section of the scholarship form and submit it with a résumé and the graduate program application. Scores from the GMAT or GRE may be included for scholarship consideration. Contact Graduate Admissions at 401-598-1015 for a scholarship form.

    Pre-MBA Scholarship

    Students who successfully complete the Pre-MBA program with the required minimum 3.0 GPA needed to enter the MBA program will receive a nonrenewable $2,000 MBA scholarship awarded over the length of the program.

    Student Assistant Employment Program

    Scholarships are awarded to all students selected for this program. No application is necessary, but a résumé is requested by the hiring department for consideration. Selection is based on strong academic performance and the possession of necessary skills. Awards for 2014–15 are up to $3,600 and are renewable based on annual employee performance and 2.50 GPA maintenance.

    Graduate Student Assistant Employment Program

    Students enrolled in graduate programs are eligible to apply for available positions in the Graduate Student Assistant Employment Program. The Graduate Student Assistant Employment Program allows students to continue their education and gain valuable work experience in one of the university’s departments or practicum educational facilities. Students in this program earn an hourly wage and are awarded a scholarship.

    This is a highly competitive program that requires each applicant to submit a résumé and interview with each hiring supervisor. Graduate student assistant participants are hired based on their ability to meet the minimum qualifications of the position for which they apply. Interested graduate students should contact Student Employment at 401-598-1849 for more information.

    Teaching Assistant and Fellowship Programs

    Selection for these programs is based on strong academic performance and successful completion of an internship. Applications are available at Practicum Educational Facilities or Culinary Administration. Awards for 2014–15 are up to $7,000 and are renewable based on annual employee performance and 2.75 GPA maintenance.

    Important notice for international students: Please be aware that some of the above programs offer a room and board grant for eligible summer participants. Non-resident alien students with an F-1, J-1 or Q-1 visa will be subject to U.S. income tax withholding on any grant received for room and board.

    Note: There are many complex IRS regulations regarding the taxability of scholarships and grants. The university is not in a position to determine the tax consequences of such awards in the case of any particular student. It is recommended that all students consult IRS publication 970 entitled "Tax Benefits for Education" and their tax advisor to determine how these rules apply to them. Non-resident alien students with an F-1, J-1 or Q-1 visa will be subject to U.S. income tax withholding on any grant received for room and board.


    Top 5 International Populations

    1 China
     China

    2 Saudi Arabia
     Saudi Abrabia

    3 South Korea
     S. Korea

    4 Taiwan
     Taiwan

    5 India
     India

    Your Questions, Answered

    Below you’ll find answers to common questions about applying. Don’t see your question here? Contact your rep.

    Q: Can I transfer to JWU from another University?

    Yes. Approximately 28% of JWU’s new international students transfer from postsecondary schools around the world. Many of these schools have formal credit transfer agreements with JWU.

    Students should submit mark sheets, grades and transcripts to Admissions to find out how many of the credits will transfer. Credit will be awarded for courses completed with a “C” or better that are similar in level and content to courses at JWU. Scholarships are available to transfer students.

    Q: Can I apply to more than one JWU campus?

    Students must select only one campus at the time of application. However, after enrollment you may be eligible to transfer to another JWU campus.

    Q: Can I transfer to another JWU campus after enrolling?

    Yes, it is possible to transfer from one JWU campus to another. Interested students must consult with an academic counselor in Student Academic & Financial Services (SAFS) to initiate a request.

    Q: What housing is available to International students?

    As a student at JWU, you'll have many housing options to choose from. On campus, there are many types of residence halls that offer traditional rooms, suites, apartment-style living, as well as learning-living communities that are designed around a theme or academic discipline. All are equipped with cable, Wi-Fi, and for your convenience, laundry facilities on-site.

    At our Providence, Charlotte and Denver campuses, first-time international students are required to live on campus during their first year unless they meet any of the following exemptions:

     

    • is married or has a same sex domestic partner relationship that meets certain eligibility requirements
    • is a parent
    • is at least 21 years of age
    • is living at home with a relative, parent, or guardian and commuting within a 50-mile radius of campus
    • is a transfer student
    • is not eligible to live on campus

     

    Q: What security measures does JWU have in place at each campus?

    All our campus have more security personnel per student than most universities, and our electronic security systems have the highest technology available. From the Safety Stats by USNEWS College Compass and 2014 Security Report, JWU offers:

     

    • 24 hour foot and vehicle patrols
    • Controlled dormitory access by security card or key
    • Controlled academic and administrative building access by security card
    • Late night escort service

     

    Q: Can I change my program of study after enrollment?

    Yes, It is possible to transfer from one program to another. Interested students must consult with an academic counselor in Student Academic & Financial Services (SAFS) to initiate a request.

    Q: How can I qualify for English as a Second Language (ESL) exemption?

    To qualify for ESL exemption, applicants whose native language is not English or individuals who did not graduate from an American university must submit a passing Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)/IBT/IELTS/PTE score of at least 80/6.5/53, or must have completed the English Language School (ELS) Level 112.

    Q: What do I do after receiving my I-20 form from the University?

     

     

     

    Q: What can I expect at my Visa interview?

     

     

     

    Ready to Apply?

    English Proficiency Requirements

    Individual section scores must also meet minimum score requirements. JWU also reserves the right to require ESL classes to increase proficiency is a particular area, regardless of total TOEFL or other test scores.

    Acceptable proof of English proficiency may include one of the following comparable English proficiency examinations:

    • IELTS (Cambridge), Band 6.5
    • City 7 Guide Pitman ESOL Examinations – Higher Intermediate or Expert Level
    • ELS Level 112 Certificate of Completion and Academic Report
    • The London Tests of English LTE, Level 4 (Advanced)
    • MELAB (Michigan English Language Battery) – 77
    • S.T.E.P. Eiken – (Society for Testing English Proficiency) – Grade 1
    • Pearson Test of English - 53
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 IBT - Internet based test
    • TOEFL score of 550 PPT - pen/paper test
     
    ESL Classes

    JWU reserves the right to require English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to increase your skills in a particular area, regardless of total test scores.

    Offered in Providence and North Miami, our ESL classes cover:

    • Everything you’ll need to prepare for college
    • Basic grammar + writing skills
    • Reading comprehension
    • Conversation skills
     
    High School Credential Document Listing by Country

    If you don’t see your country listed here, please contact your admissions representative.

    Australia

    Queensland Senior Statement & Certificate (or equivalent territory & vocational equivalents)

    British-Patterned HS Exams

    General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O) exam results, GCSE, IGCSE (or vocational equivalent) (minimum 5 subjects required)

    Canada

    Ontario Secondary School transcript including statement of graduation, British Columbia Secondary School transcript & diploma

    Caribbean countries

    CSEC-CXC exam results, BGCSE exam results (minimum 5 subjects required)

    China

    Upper Middle School 3 year transcript & diploma (or vocational equivalent)

    India

    Secondary School Certificate exam results + Higher Secondary School Certificate exam results (or any of the following: CBSE, CISCE, Pre-University & 3 year Diploma in Engineering)

    Indonesia

    Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingkat Atas (SMA) (or STTB or vocational equivalent)

    International Baccalaureate

    IBO 2 year exam results & diploma

    Kenya

    Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education 4 year transcript & diploma (or KCE)

    Malaysia

    Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam results

    Morocco

    Baccalaureat 3 year mark sheets & diploma

    Nepal

    Secondary Leaving Certificate results + Higher Secondary Certificate exam results

    Nigeria

    West African Examinations Council Senior School (WAEC) exam results & verification card

    Philippines

    4 year transcript + Form 137A + foundation year

    Russia

    Attestat 2 year transcript & diploma

    Saudi Arabia

    General Secondary Education Certificate 3rd year exam results

    South Korea

    High School 3 year transcript & diploma (or Korean GED results statement)

    Taiwan

    Senior High School 3 year transcript & diploma

    Thailand

    Matayom VI 3 year transcript & diploma (or vocational equivalent)

    Turkey

    Lise Diplomasi 3 year transcript & diploma

    Venezuela

    Bachiller exam results (or Educacion Media Diversificada, Bachillerato en Ciencias/Humanidades)

    Vietnam

    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 3 year transcript & diploma

    International Student Application Checklist

    For faster processing, we recommend you submit all your documents at once. All documents must be sent to the campus to which you applied.

    1. An accurate, complete and legible international application form that has been signed and dated by the applicant. All schools attended must be listed, with dates of attendance.

    2. Certified bank statement or government sponsorship letter verifying financial support for one academic year. Bank statements cannot be older than three months from the time of issue.

    3. English Language Proficiency test results.

    4. Official secondary school transcript showing subjects and marks received with graduation date. Diplomas and any external examination results should be submitted, if applicable. Students who have not yet graduated from secondary school must submit a transcript showing all completed work, and expected results and graduation date may be submitted for review.

    5. Applicants who have attended any college or university must submit transcripts, marks sheets, diplomas or certificates from all postsecondary institutions attended, along with course descriptions and credit values for transfer review.

    6. Copy of biographical section of applicant’s current passport.

    7. Certified word-for-word translations of all non-English credentials must be submitted.

    All documents and information should be clear and legible; if important information cannot be read by the International Admissions staff, the admissions process is delayed and, as a result, so is the acceptance/Form I-20 process.

     

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    "JWU is one of the most loving, friendly, helping, caring universities I know. JWU is filled with endless challenges (cultural, sports, and academic activities) for our future success.”  
    Chiragkumar P. Patel ’17
    Software Engineering | Gujarat, India

     

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