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Study abroad at Wilkes University

Wilkes University is a small institution that encourages students to dream big. Based in the US city of Wilkes-Barre, it blends the close-knit culture of a small college with the opportunities and activities of a much larger university.

Wilkes is the only institution of its size to deliver such a wide array of professional and liberal arts programs. Six colleges combine to offer top-quality undergraduate and postgraduate programs in subjects like nursing, education, pharmacy, and philosophy.

You’ll have access to various teaching, research, and recreational facilities on Wilkes’ compact campus, including a library, athletics complex, and 20 residence halls. The University has invested more than $100 million to create the most enriching learning environment.

With over 100 clubs and organizations to try out, you’ll never be at a loose end. There are also more than 20 sports clubs to join, including football, lacrosse, tennis, and wrestling. The Wilkes University Colonels battle it out in the NCAA Division III.

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Program level

Why study at Wilkes University?

  • Small classes

    A student-staff ratio of 12:1 guarantees a tailored learning experience

  • Employable graduates

    The University boasts a 94% job placement rate

  • Hands-on learning

    100% of Wilkes University students complete an internship, capstone project, or participate in exciting research

  • Financial support

    More than 96% of students receive merit-based scholarships or need-based grants

  • World-class faculty

    90% of professors have the highest possible degrees in their field

Life as an international student

The Office of Global Education and Diversity works hard to ensure every student feels a sense of community and belonging at Wilkes.

The office is always ready to provide cultural, social, and academic support. Whether you need help adjusting to US life, getting around campus, or understanding your classes, don’t hesitate to drop by.

If you’d like to sharpen your English language skills before beginning your studies, you can participate in the Intensive English Program. The program has been recognized as one of the best in the nation, and is a great way to build your capabilities and confidence.

The University’s faith and culture clubs reflect the diversity of Wilkes’ student population. Joining a society is a brilliant way to make new friends, share experiences, and learn from one another.

What Wilkes University says

  • Kristin Donati

    Kristin Donati

    Wilkes University Sr. Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
    Kristin Donati says

    Wilkes University has several resources to assist international students with transitioning to college life in the US. We provide cultural, social, and academic support through campus-wide events, workshops, and activities.

    We have over 46 majors to choose from, an Intensive English program, as well as master's degree programs on our beautiful, urban campus in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Our Center for Global Education and Diversity sponsors and supports campus-wide programming and projects which develop an understanding of diversity through highlighting cultural celebrations, diversity conferences, and international issues and lifestyle choices.

    We have students from over 30 states and 15 countries who attend Wilkes University. This lends to a diverse classroom where students learn from each other's different backgrounds and life experiences.

    Wilkes University is a nationally-ranked research institution that provides programs and activities of a large university in the caring, mentoring culture of a small university.

    It's the mix of numerous majors in professional and liberal arts programs, along with our master's degree programs and doctoral/terminal degree programs that has given Wilkes a unique quality.

    We believe in hands-on learning, providing opportunities for students to work side by side their professors. Wilkes also offers 20-plus sports and over 80 different clubs and organizations to participate in.

    Wilkes University has an International Student Services Department that is dedicated to helping all international students, faculty, and staff with immigration needs as well as programming and cultural support.

    Our Office of Diversity Initiatives serves students from underrepresented groups to develop a nurturing and empowering support system at Wilkes University. Our region is home to numerous ski resorts, concert venues, water parks, and state parks, and we offer many weekend trips for our international students for sightseeing at some popular US destinations.

    We're located within a few hours' drive from Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington D.C. The Center for Global Education and Diversity assists international students via orientation programs and cultural and social events designed to introduce you to the Wilkes University experience and American culture.

    There are several campus events for domestic and international students to get to know one another. A weekly Global Coffee Hour includes refreshments, games, and presentations. We celebrate numerous holidays from around the globe.

    With state-of-the-art engineering labs, 12 Bloomberg trading terminals in our Business school, a high-definition television studio and production control room, and an innovative, educational art gallery, Wilkes offers a wide range of services and facilities for all of our students.

    Wilkes University boasts a 98% job placement rate, and The Economist ranked Wilkes 25th in the nation for economic value by comparing what our graduates earn to what they might have earned if they studied elsewhere.

    Our Career Services Center hosts numerous workshops, and career and internship fairs for our students to attend and connect with potential employers in the area. They provide our students with job search resources, resume writing, interview skills, and information on current job openings.

    The Brookings Institution has ranked Wilkes 14th overall in helping students improve their income after graduation, and Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce listed Wilkes in the top 10% in return on investment for graduates.

  • Dr Georgia Costalas

    Dr Georgia Costalas

    Wilkes University Executive Director of the Center for Global Education & Diversity
    Dr Georgia Costalas says

    We are a mentoring institution with wonderful personal relationships and support for students. Students work closely with professors and advisors in labs, classes, and extracurricular activities.

    Students have research opportunities from year 1. International Student Services Office is part of the Center for Global Education and Diversity. The staff works with students from admission until graduation.

    The Economist ranked Wilkes University 25th in the nation for economic value by comparing what our graduates earn to what they might have earned if they had studied elsewhere.

  • Abby Love

    Abby Love

    Wilkes University Associate Director, International Admissions
    Abby Love says

    One of our greatest assets at Wilkes is the quality of our people. Our faculty and staff are committed to student success both in and out of the classroom

    Need to get in touch with your professor? You’re likely to have her cell phone number. Looking for an internship? The director of cooperative education will strive to make the internship experience a perfect fit. Stressing about finals? Tony in the cafeteria is sure to notice and is more than willing to help with a smile and some words of encouragement. At Wilkes, we’re committed to you, and that commitment doesn’t stop when the workday ends.

    What’s so special about Wilkes? It’s the size, the program mix, the value, the people, the opportunities, the past, the future.

    All of these factors combine to make Wilkes one of the most unique universities in the county. Wilkes offers the programs and activities of a large university in the caring, mentoring culture of a small university.

    100% of our students participate in research, internships, or capstone projects. This allows our students to get hands-on learning experience and be able to secure employment after graduation. Some of our students have gone on to work at Hershey, Verizon, Google, Pepsi, and NASA.

Student life & facilities

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  • Transport
    • On-Campus Shuttle
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Campus parking
  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Quiet Areas
    • Group Study Rooms
  • Fitness Centre
    • Climbing Walls
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Campus Doctor
    • Campus Pharmacy
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
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    • No. of Baseball Pitches
    • No. of Ice Rink
    • No. of Basketball Courts
    • No. of Climbing Wall
    • No. of Athletics Track
    • No. of Tennis Courts
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • Tutoring Support
    • Peer & Buddy Program
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities
    • No. of Natural Turf American Football Pitches
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches
  • Praying Rooms
    • Group Praying Rooms
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity

Fees and funding


The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

  • The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship was developed as a result of U.S. higher education institutions’ commitment to providing a welcoming, safe and diverse environment to international students.
  • Wilkes is proud to support this initiative by offering two annual, renewable scholarships for up to four years of study. The scholarships are open to first-year international students admitted for undergraduate degree-seeking study at Wilkes University. Successful applicants will be dedicated to furthering the #YouAreWelcomeHereexternal website message by bridging intercultural divides.

Merit Scholarships

International student merit scholarships are based on previous academic performance. Scholarships are awarded at the time of admission decision after all required materials has been received.

  • Freshman Scholarships

  • From $19,000 to $28,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study

  • Transfer Scholarships

  • From $11,000 to $19,000 per year for undergraduate studies

Jay Sidhu Scholarship

  • From $1,000 to $5,000 additional scholarship money
  • Must be a citizen of India and have GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must enroll as a first-year student at Wilkes and reside on-campus and be the first time studying in the USA on an F-1 visa

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition: $42,268 per year
  • Postgraduate tuition: From $19,512 to $21,268 per year


Wilkes University

84 W South St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701, United States

Wilkes-Barre is an outdoor paradise nestled in the Wyoming Valley. International students can spend their time rafting, kayaking, or enjoying the city’s fine arts fiesta.

Visa requirements for Wilkes University

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements