International Student Requirements

Language Requirements

International applicants who have not obtained a university degree in an English-speaking country must take one of the following tests. After taking the test, have the testing service send the score directly to Utah State University’s School of Graduate Studies.

USU does not offer conditional acceptance. If an international applicant has a degree from a university in an English-speaking country, the TOEFL is not required.

List of English-Speaking Countries

An applicant who is admitted with a TOEFL or IELTS  score below the required minimum, and who has not obtained a degree in an English-speaking country, must take the English Language Placement Test given by the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) at USU.

Language Test Score Requirements


Minimum Required Score for Internet-based test: 79
Minimum Required Score for paper-based test: 550

*Departments may require a higher score, and scores that are more than 2 years old are not accepted.


Minimum Required Score: 6.0 (and a minimum score of 5 on each subscale)

*Departments may require a higher score.


Degree Requirements

A 4-year bachelor’s degree is typically required for admission to Utah State’s graduate programs.

However, If you’ve obtained a 3-year bachelor’s degree, you may still be able to apply. With additional credentials outlined in the Bologna Agreement, Utah State may consider your degree sufficient to meet our requirements. If the School of Graduate Studies determines that courses taken for the 3-year degree are insufficient, you may be admitted but required to take additional coursework. Please contact the School of Graduate Studies directly to make sure you meet all requirements.

Funding Requirements

International students are required to verify that they have adequate funding available for graduate studies before they can apply for a student visa. It is recommended that a student bring enough money to pay the expenses for at least the first academic year. After arrival, a checking account can be opened so various expenses can be paid conveniently and safely.

International students must also submit an I-20 application form and a financial guarantee. Because of immigration regulations, international students cannot be admitted to provisional matriculation.

International students who are sponsored by a third party are required to have their sponsor complete an Affidavit of Support form.