Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 
    Apr 12, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Students

International students may direct any questions about the university to the Coordinator of International Student Services: Deborah Singiser.

Admissions Documents

We welcome international students on our campus; however, before we can process an application for admission we must have assurance that the personal needs of that student will be met as well as the financial obligations to the institution of approximately $30,000 a year.

  • Students must provide a financial statement demonstrating their ability to finance their total cost of attendance. (All funds must be in U.S. dollars.)
  • IELTS/TOEFL is required if English is not your first language. This can be taken in place of SAT/ACT
  • All documents must be in English
  • All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an accredited service


Incoming international students may click here to see 2016-2017 scholarships for international students.


Castleton provides a special international orientation program (that precedes the new student orientation) for international students entering Castleton for the first time.

International Seminar

In addition to international orientation, first-year international students enroll in INT 1710: iSeminar, a one-credit course that meets once a week in the Fall to provide international students a basic orientation to the culture of higher education in the United States. 

The course has two upper-class students who serve as mentors for our international students during their time at CU.

English Language Support Program

The Program

Castleton's English Language Support Program (ELSP) is intended for academically qualified international students, regardless of major, whose English language proficiency is marginally acceptable but needs development to ensure success as they advance toward completion of their degrees.  Students in the ELSP take a select set of academic courses (12 credits) during each semester of their first year at the University, supplemented by non-academic work in English as a Second Language (3 credits).  All of the academic courses fulfill degree requirements, are taught by disciplinary faculty members who embrace the challenges of evolving language proficiency, and include both non-native and native English-speakers on their class rosters.  Students participating in the ELSP take the institutional TOEFL at entry, to establish an accurate baseline of current proficiency, and again at the end of the fall and spring semesters, to measure progress and determine need for further support.  The ELSP thus enables international students to maintain a full course of study toward their academic degree programs, in a learning environment sensitive to their present language skills, as they continue to strengthen their levels of English proficiency.

The Process

1. Upon arrival at Castleton, students who do not meet the University's TOEFL or IELTS requirement (or did not submit such scores prior to enrollment) will take a pre-test to determine their English skill level. 

  • Students who pass the test will be able to register for any university courses.
  • Students who do not pass the test will be enrolled in the ELTP and in the first semester take four ELTP courses and a special English course.

2. At the end of the first semester, students will be re-tested. 

  • Those who pass the test will be able to register for any university courses (and continue to have English support as needed). 
  • Those who do not pass the test will continue in the ELTP for a second semester. 

3. At the end of the second semester, students who do not meet Castleton's English language requirement will be subject to dismissal from the University.