Global Education

International Students

Viterbo Ratings and Recognitions

Viterbo University is aCollege of Distinction

International Brochure:

We are pleased that you are considering continuing your education at Viterbo University. We are a small, private, Catholic university located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We welcome people of all faiths and cultural backgrounds and look forward to receiving your application.

Helpful Services for International Students

English as A Second Language (ESL)

TOEFL Paper TOEFL Computer TOEFL iBT IELTS Equivalent
625–680 263–300 113–120 7.5–9.0
600 250 100 7.0
575 232 90–91 6.5
550 213 79–80 6.0
525 196 69–70 5.5
500 173 59–60 5.0
475 152 49–50 4.5
450 133 39–40 4.0
425 113 29–30 3.5
umder 425 under 113 less than 29 below 3.5
IELTS TOEFL Paper-based Test TOEFL Computer-based Test TOEFL Internet-based Test
4.5 477 153 53
5.0 500 173 61
5.5 527 197 71
6.0 553 217 81
6.5 580 237 92
7.0 617 260 105
7.5 630 270 110

Viterbo University recognizes that English language proficiency is an important component of academic success for international students whose native language is not English. Students who do not meet the TOEFL requirements (500+ paper test, 173+ computer test, 61+ Internet test) may enroll in one of Viterbo’s English as a Second Language (ESL) courses. The ESL courses are designed to improve students’ experiences at Viterbo by enhancing their conversation, reading, writing, and listening skills, and overall academic performance. Some of the topics the courses will cover include:

  • Improved reading fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Paragraph and writing conventions
  • Academic skills in the classroom
  • Listening comprehension
  • Conversational proficiency
  • Comprehending lectures in English
  • Making oneself understood in class

The ESL Policy

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers individual and group tutoring for all classes offered at Viterbo, at no cost. Some additional services the ARC provides include math assistance, nursing math preparation, and writing assistance. Many workshops are held throughout the semester to help students be successful in all areas of academic performance. The ARC has a Conversation Table designed for international students who need to improve their English conversation skills, as well as one-on-one advanced writing tutoring.

Application Process

Below is a step-by-step outline of the procedures to follow in preparing your application:

Step 1:
Search the list of academic programs of study available at Viterbo. Select the one in which you are interested.
Academic Programs

Step 2:
Review the costs of attending Viterbo and the financial assistance available to international students. Viterbo does award some scholarship assistance; however, there are no full scholarships available. Review information in the link below.
Costs and International Student Scholarships

Step 3:
Proficiency in English is necessary, so review our requirements. For those without English proficiency, we have an ESL program that you can complete. Contact the office of International Admissions ( for more details.
English Language Requirements

Step 4:
Continue with the application process by reviewing the next steps and a timeline at the link below. Be sure to send all of the documents requested on the application.
Admission Process and Application Deadlines

Transfer Students

If you are an international student currently studying at another U.S. university, review information that pertains particularly to you. Instructions for Transfer Students.