Admissions Criteria


Regarding the Evaluation of your Application

Each application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. We look for evidence of your potential to be successful at Webster University.  As we review your application materials, primary consideration is given to your academic performance, the rigor and content of your coursework and your documented English language proficiency.  We also consider your motivation, commitment and readiness for university life to be a very important part of our decision process.

Admissions Requirements include:

Grade Point Average (GPA)

GPA stands for “grade point average” and is calculated on a 4.0 scale at American universities. Our admissions department converts international grades into the US standard GPA during our assessment of your application, to determine an estimated equivalency.

Please see examples of conversion charts provided here below, to help students estimate general equivalencies:

Grading System Estimated performance needed*
Scale of 4.0 2.50 GPA or higher
Over an A-F scale Average of about B- or higher
International baccalauréat (IB) Between 25 - 30 points
Swiss maturité Passing (earning diploma) is sufficient for admission*
French baccalaureate Passing (earning diploma) is sufficient for admission*
A/levels 3 A levels with a C or higher
GCSE's 5 GCSE's with a C or higher
On a 100% scale Average of 80% or higher

*specific grades will determine applicable credits for advanced placement

You may apply before you receive your high school diploma, but your admission status will be contingent upon successfully completing your secondary education.  Each application is reviewed individually and holistically, taking into consideration your courses, grades, essays, recommendation letters, etc. 

The general guidelines for admission to Webster University Geneva are as follows:

A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of about a 2.5 on a 4 point scale, or its equivalent in other grading systems (academic achievement in programs that use a grading or assessment scale other than a 4.0 is evaluated in the context of the relevant academic system).  Exceptions are made by the committee when considering a holistic look at the candidate's situation, motivation and commitment--yet also some demonstration of success at Webster.  In such cases, admission is offered with certain conditions and additional advising services are made available, to encourage early success at the university.

English Language Proficiency

We accept a variety of English proficiency test scores.  The following are the minimum scores for regular admission to our bachelor programs:

- TOEFL (paper-based test):  550
- TOEFL iBT (internet-based test*):  80
- IELTS:  6.0
- Pearson: 53

NEW!  ONLINE test scores that we now accept (remote/online testing is available):

- Duolingo English Test:  120
- Versant (Pearson): 68
- ITEP:  3.7
- E3PT:  70
- LanguageCert:  C1

* The ETS group, which administers the TOEFL, has also announced that home testing is available in many places worldwide where the iBT was normally available.

English as Second Language (ESL) Program Admission 

Minimum scores for English as Second Language (ESL) Admission

If your GPA equivalent meets the minimum of 2.5 or higher on a 4 point scale and the English proficiency score is the only barrier to admission, you may be considered for admission as an English as a Second Language (ESL) student, if you meet the minimal scores on one of the exams, as listed below:

- TOEFL (paper-based test):  510

- TOEFL iBT (internet-based test*):  64
- IELTS:  5.5
- Duolingo English Test:  95
- Versant (Pearson):  57
- ITEP:  3.5
- E3PT:  57
- LanguageCert:  C1

In such a case, you will be notified during the admissions process.  An ESL admission depends on the availability of ESL courses.  An ESL semester typically includes mandatory English language classes along with one elective or course in your chosen major.  ESL students admission is conditional upon demonstrated English proficiency following the first semester of courses.

All ESL credits successfully earned are considered university-level credits, and will be directly applicable (as electives) count towards your bachelor degree requirements.  However, continued enrollment in subsequent semesters is contingent upon success in the first semester courses.

If you have any questions about your qualifications, please contact us.