International Students

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.

How to Apply

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

Financing College

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

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)
  • Successfully completed level five of the American Language Academy Academic English Program
  • Successfully completed ELS 112 taken at an ELS Language Center
  • 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
  • Attended for three consecutive years, and graduated from, an accredited U.S. high school where English is the language of instruction
  • 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

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Muhadisa Daqiq '19 is devoted to creating a bright future in the tech industry for girls around the world.


Mamta Gurung '18, the Bonner Center's first Public Health Fellow, is focused on improving the health of Bhutanese refugees.