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International Students

Marisabel Guzman Bowen
Marisabel Guzman Bowen

Campus Visitor Specialist

Your Home Away From Home

Guilford College is proud to welcome students from around the world as well as those living in the United States. As an international student, we want you to enjoy everything that builds community on our campus:
  • diverse student body
  • Small class sizes, which make it easy to work with fellow students and get to know your professors
  • An intense focus on writing and public presentation skills
  • Opportunities to take part in clubs, student government and athletics to build relationships with colleagues, friends and mentors that will last a lifetime
  • Internships that prepare you for graduate school and your career
  • A strong alumni network to offer support wherever your journey takes you after graduation

Guilford is the ideal place to get a holistic academic experience. You will find your world enhanced by a culturally rich student body centered on a world-class education that's provided in a student-centered environment. Yes, we put you, the student, in the center of our every activity.

We will assist you in the admission process, from obtaining a student visa to transitioning to the U.S. And we offer generous scholarships to students who show academic strength, a sense of civic responsibility and an inclination toward service.

Students attend the 2019 International Festival on the Quad.
How to Apply

Join a diverse college community of students and faculty from more than 30 different countries.

Guilford students learn about cultures other than their own at the International Festival.
Financing College

Guilford is dedicated to helping international students finance their college education.

Guilford College Students take part in the annual International Festival.
Obtaining a Visa

As an international student you'll need a student visa. Here's what to do and how to prepare.

Demonstrating English Proficiency

Students whose home language is not English are considered to have demonstrated English language proficiency if they have done any of the following:

  • Taken an official TOEFL (paper-based) and earned a score of at least 550; taken an Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) and earned a score of at least an 80; or shows proof of successfully completing an Intensive English language before attendance at Guilford College. Guilford’s TOEFL code is 5261.
  • Taken an official IELTS and earned a score of at least 6.5 (no more than two years before attendance at Guilford College)
  • Taken an Official Duolingo English Test and earned a minimum score of 105. For more information visit Duolingo English Test.
  • Successfully completed a total of 20 semester hours at an accredited, mainland U.S. university or college where English is the language of instruction, including three semester hours of English in a way that qualify as transfer credit for Guilford’s ENGL 102 College Reading and Writing
  • Obtained an official score of four or higher on either the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Language A examination in English, or the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) examination in English Language


International students with F-1 student visas residing in the U.S. are expected to physically attend all on campus classes. A minimum of 80% percent in person attendance for class sessions offering a remote option is required.

International students not residing in the U.S. may enroll in fully-remote graduate programs.


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International Student Information and Services

From Ghana to Guilford

Salwa Ahmad ’21 took a leap of faith when she left her home in Ghana to attend college in the United States.

Salwa is now studying in the N.C. State University’s Master of Arts in English program.

Taking Care of Business

Future Business and Economics major Awatif Hassan Oumar ’21 reminds us all to “journey wisely.”

 Awatif dreams of becoming a CEO one day.

Small School, Big Dreams

Mohamed Togol ’20 says he loves the tight-knit community that Guilford offers.

Mohamed calls Guilford his “home away from home.”

Sharing Perspectives

Mei Fujie ’18 chats with Katie Claggett ’19 about her time at Guilford as an exchange student.

Mei, of Tokyo, Japan, participated in Guilford’s exchange program.

It All Adds Up to Guilford

Math major and Computer Science minor Chris Ngabo ’22 was inspired by Hidden Figures to pursue a career with NASA.

Chris knew his love of math and tech could make new frontiers a reality. 

Talent Brews Artistry

Tarilabo Koripamo ’17 graduated from Guilford with plans to explore her talents on the stage and in the studio.

Early Achiever

A native of the Dominican Republic, Marisabel Guzman Cruz ’23 had her sights set on studying English at a young age.

Putting Peace Into Practice

Guilford’s Peace and Conflict Studies major was a perfect fit for Kentaro Nakajima ’20 of Tokyo, Japan.