International Applicants

International Students

International Students with F-1 Visa Status,Permanent Resident or Refugee/Asylee Visa Status are eligible to apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. H-4 Visa holders must apply for and be awarded F-1 Visa Status in order to be eligible to apply to the PharmD Program. Applicants holding other visa classifications are not eligible to apply.

Requirements are:

  1. A copy of the front and back of the visa or green card or passport must be submitted with the PharmCAS application for all NON-US Citizen applicants
  2. TOEFL is required with a minimum score as follows: Internet-based test: 100, Computer-based test: 250 or Paper-based test: 600-603 (F-1 Visa Students Only). Scores are based on the TOEFL Internet-based Test Score Comparison Tables, published by ETS (Educational Testing Services 2005). “Official” scores are valid for only two years, and must be submitted by the application deadline. The TOEFL does not need to be retaken if an applicant completes a BA or BS degree in a native English-speaking country. Degree must be awarded by the time of application. Native English -speaking countries include only the following: US, Canada, United Kingdon, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Send TOEFL scores directly to PharmCAS. PharmCAS code – 8246
  3. International Applicants must meet all established application criteria
    1. PharmCAS Application Deadlines
    2. Recommendation
    3. Applicants must meet all established academic requirements:
    4. Foreign transcript review (see below)
    5. Review of coursework (course description and/or syllabus) to determine acceptability as meeting prerequisites
    6. Recommended completion of math and science coursework within five years of application
    7. Applicants may be advised to take or retake coursework if courses that have already been taken do not satisfy our prerequisites
    8. Applicants must meet establish Prerequisite and Cumulative GPA thresholds for consideration of offer of interview
    9. Prerequisites must be completed by the end of Spring Term of the year of application
  4. If offered admission, international applicants must provide proof of ability to meet costs of the PharmD Program. International students are not eligible to apply for financial aid. (This will be addressed in more detail in the PharmD Application information)
  5. If offered admission, all students, including international applicants must provide proof of individual health insurance coverage as well as protection against a number of vaccine-preventable diseases and documentation regarding surveillance for tuberculosis

Foreign Transcripts

ALL transcripts for coursework completed at foreign colleges or universities must be translated and evaluated course-by-course by a certified agency. The UW School of Pharmacy will only accept evaluations from the following certified agencies: Educational Credentials Evaluations (ECE), World Education Services (WES), or Educational Perspectives. These transcripts and evaluations are required although the coursework does not apply toward the pharmacy prerequisites.

NOTE: As part of the application process, official sealed foreign transcripts must be sent directly to the UW School of Pharmacy Office of Academic and Student Programs while foreign transcript evaluations are to be sent directly to PharmCAS.

To obtain additional information or download the application form on-line, please contact any of the following certified agencies:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc (ECE)
P. O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203–3470

Educational Perspectives
P. O. Box 618056
Chicago, IL 60661–8056

World Education Services (WES)
P. O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113–0745

For more information contact

Graduates from a School of Pharmacy Outside of the U.S.

(Foreign Graduate Students)

International students who hold a five-year undergraduate pharmacy degree conferred by a recognized school of pharmacy outside of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico may consider the option of taking the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Equivalency Examination (FPGEE) in lieu of pursuing the PharmD degree program.

The Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Examination Committee (FPGEC) operates under the auspices of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). NABP provides the FPGEC Certification Program as a means of documenting the educational equivalency of a candidate’s foreign pharmacy education, as well as the license and/or registration. Candidates are also required to pass the FPGEE, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and the Test of Spoken English (TSE). The FPGEC Certificate allows foreign graduates to partially fulfill eligibility requirements for licensure in the states that consider the certification.
Individuals who wish to obtain more information about this option are advised to visit the NABP website at: or contact the Washington Board of Pharmacy at 360-236-4825

International students who hold a four-year undergraduate pharmacy degree from a School of Pharmacy outside of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico are not eligible to complete the FPGEE option and will have to complete a PharmD Degree Program in the US in order to become licensed to practice pharmacy in the US. Such a degree holder who is interested in the University of Washington School of Pharmacy PharmD Program will have to complete all prerequisites at a college, university or community college in the US as well as meet all other application requirements and standards.