Undergraduate Admissions FQA

When and how do I apply?

Webster Athens maintains a rolling admissions policy meaning that prospective students have seven different times a year that they can apply to the University: Fall I begins in August, Fall II begins in October, Spring I begins in January, Spring II begins in March. We also have 3 Summer Sessions: May, June and July. We urge applicants to file an application at least one month prior to the expected date of enrollment, but late inquiries can be submitted as late as one week before classes begin, provided applicants meet the requirements for admission. 

If you run into visa issues and cannot start your studies on time, the starting term will be deferred to the next upcoming term. Please check with the Admissions Office at AthensAdmissions@webster.edu if you have any questions or concerns about deferrals. 

To learn more about the application deadlines, steps, and required application documents for Bachelor degree programs, please visit Undergraduate Application Process 

Do I need to take an English proficiency exam?

Yes, undergraduate level applicants must display good proficiency in English by sending us the results to one of our recognized English language exams.

TOEFL iBT - min. overall score of 80
IELTS Academic - min. overall score of 6.0
Cambridge Advanced Certificate - score A, B, C
Michigan State University – passing grade

If you do not have any of the above certificates, you will take the in-house English Placement Test and you will be placed in English classes according to your score.

Do I need to take an entrance exam?

There are no entrance exam requirements. An interview with the Director of Admissions may be requested.

What should the topic and length of my essay be?

Your essay should be 300-500 words. You will explore your academic-professional vision, the reasons you are pursuing a certain major, and the contribution you believe you will make in the field of your interest.

I attended an English-only high school / I hold an American passport. Can I have the English requirement waived?

Yes. English may also be waived when you are a citizen or have attended within the last three years an institution (and must submit high school transcripts for verification) in one of the following countries:

Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
The Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Canada (except Quebec)
Dominica
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
Jamaica
New Zealand
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Canada
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales)
USA

OR you provide proof of completion of at least one academic year of college-level coursework conducted in English at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning (ESL coursework does not qualify towards the one full year exception).

Do I need to send in my SAT or ACT exams?

No, but we do encourage it. It could help strengthen your application overall.

Do I need a visa to study at Webster Athens?

Citizens from countries outside of the EU / EEA will need a student residence permit. Please visit the Greek Embassy website in your area for more information or contact the Webster Athens Admissions Office AthensAdmissions@webster.edu for consultation.

Can I transfer my AP, IB or GCE credits? How long does it take?

It is possible to receive advanced standing credits from your courses. You will have to provide us with the original transcript. You or your school can mail your original transcripts to our mailing address: 

9 Ipitou St.
Athens, 10557
Greece

Or, you may bring your original transcripts and diploma in person to our admissions team. Transcripts sent via e-mail are not considered official unless sent directly from the school / institution that issued it. Official transcripts sent by school officials may be e-mailed to AthensAdmissions@webster.edu

Courses are evaluated by our international credentials specialists in St. Louis and can take a few weeks to be processed.

How can I submit my original transcripts?

You may provide your original transcripts in the following ways:

  1. You can send us your transcript with graduation date per postal services.
  2. You can have your school send your transcripts with graduation date to us per postal services.
  3. You can have your school send us a PDF transcript with graduation date encrypted with a password.
  4. You can e-mail unofficial transcripts and then personally bring the original documents to the Admissions Office upon your arrival.

Do I need to be on campus before classes start?

Please be prepared to arrive at Webster Athens at least two days before classes start for housing check-in. 

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students and is scheduled during week 1. You will meet all your fellow students, receive information about Webster Athens and sign up for your individual appointment with your academic advisor in order to register for classes.  

Does Webster Athens offer support for special needs or disabilities?

Wester Athens is equipped with the proper infrastructure for students with disabilities and handles people in need with care, sensitivity, and responsibility. If you have certain health conditions e.g. learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADD / ADHD, kinetic, or other disabilities, please let us know right away so we can assess the situation to find out how we can best accommodate your needs. The earlier we know, the better we can support you. We have procedures in place so please send us an email about the history of your situation (including any documentation of a psychologist or medical doctor). We are looking forward to working together with you!

Enrolled students who are experiencing emotional or learning difficulties can be assisted by Webster Athens Psychologist. 

What is a GPA and what does having a minimum 2.5 GPA mean?

GPA stands for “grade point average” and is calculated on a 4.0 scale. Our admissions department converts international grades into the US standard GPA. Please see an example of a conversion chart below:

International Baccalaureate (IB) 

Between 25-30 points

GCSE's  

 5 GCSE's with a C or higher

A/levels 

 3 A levels with a C or higher

Over a 100% scale

Average of 80% or higher

Over an A-F scale

Average of a B or higher

 

What are considered "original, official" transcripts?

We require the verification of your original transcript, meaning no scans or copies, but rather the original physical document or an original digital document sent directly from your school.

How many courses can I take per semester?

We suggest between 4 and 6 courses per semester, with a full time student generally ranging between 5 and 6 courses.

Which courses can I take?

A list of available courses for the upcoming terms and semester is available. You will have e-mail communication or meetings with the Academic Advisor in order to register for courses.

Do I need to send in my Resume/CV?

No, but if you have one including extra-curricular activities, it could help strengthen your application

How long will it take to graduate with a bachelor degree?

A bachelor degree consists of 128 US credits (43 courses). Most students take four years to complete their undergraduate degree. However, Webster may award up to 32 credits of advanced standing for a variety of international curricula including GCE-A Levels, International Baccalaureate (IB), AP, VWO, Abitur, and French Baccalaureate, which reduces the time of studies. Also, if you register for courses during the intensive summer sessions, you may graduate in three years.

Where can I address further questions or clarification during the admissions process?

You may contact Admissions Office at AthensAdmissions@webster.edu. It will be our pleasure to assist you in your academic choices and with any arising issue.