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Information for International Applications

In addition to the standard admission requirements, International students have a few extra documents required to apply for graduate studies at UL Lafayette.

Note: Incoming international students who will require an F-1 visa may not apply for the summer semester as their first term of study.

International Transcripts

International official transcripts submitted to the Graduate School must be submitted in the institution’s native language and include an individual marksheet and diploma/degree certificate.

English Translation

A certified, literal/exact English translation is required for any transcript document not originally issued in English.

Individual Mark Sheets

An individual mark sheet, in addition to consolidated transcripts, is required. If only copies of individual mark sheets are available, the Registrar or Controller of Examiners must officially attest the copy.

Official (attested) Diploma

If a transcript does not specifically state that a degree has been conferred, an official (attested) diploma showing conferral of degree is required.

Foreign Transcript Evaluation

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Graduate School provides international applicants with complementary foreign transcript evaluation. In doing so, we reserve the right to require an external credential evaluation (including a course-by-course evaluation) by an approved credential evaluation service at the applicant’s expense.

English Language Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS Scores)

To issue or transfer an I-20, the Graduate School must attest to your unconditional admission including that you have demonstrated English language proficiency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) / International English Language Testing Services (IELTS) / Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) demonstrate your proficiency in English at the college level.

  • We require a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (on the Internet-based test)
  • We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5
  • We require a minimum PTE score of 53

Applicants who hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree, with primary instruction in English, from an accredited institution in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and/or the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) are not required to demonstrate English proficiency. The Graduate School reserves the right to require proof of English proficiency of other applicants when deemed warranted.

As with all official test scores, TOEFL, IELTS, PTE scores must be submitted directly from the testing agency. UL Lafayette’s institution code is 6672. Please allow 2-4 weeks from the date of your test or score request for delivery and processing of your scores. Your application status will be updated when we receive each official test score.

If you do not meet these English language proficiency requirements, we hope that you will consider attending the UL Lafayette Intensive English Program (IEP).

Learn more about our IEP program >

Required Documents for an I-20

International applicants who have (or hope to obtain) an F-1 or J-1 visa, need to submit the documents below as part of the application process. That will help ensure you receive an I-20 in a timely manner.

Upon completion of the application process and once an offer of unconditional admission has been made, international applicants must do the following to receive an I-20:

1. Submit financial documentation to show proof of financial responsibility.
2. Submit a copy of passport (or current visa).
3. Submit satisfactory proof of immunization compliance.

1. Financial Documentation

Your financial documentation must be combined and uploaded to the application portal as one PDF.

Use the International Confidential Financial Information Form to certify that you have enough funds for all tuition, fees, and personal expenses for at least one year of study at UL Lafayette.

View the International Graduate Student Cost Estimate for the upcoming academic year.

The International Confidential Financial Information Form requires that you include supporting documentation to prove you have enough funds for a year of graduate study. Most often, this means including a copy of a certified bank statement in your name showing the total amount available in U.S. dollars. If the account represented on the bank statement is in the name of another person, then a notarized affidavit of support from that person is also required.

Even if you received or plan to receive an assistantship or fellowship to pay for your tuition and living expenses, you must submit this financial documentation. If you do not have sufficient funds to cover your educational expenses, and you must rely partially or wholly on funding from the graduate program to which you are applying, indicate this on the International Confidential Financial Information Form. If accepted and funding is offered to you, the graduate program (or individual faculty member) will provide the Graduate School with confirmation of funding. If you do receive an assistantship, you will simply note the total amount on your financial information form under "University Funds" and, if your assistantship or fellowship does not cover the total amount of financial responsibility, provide documentation for the remaining amount.

Faculty members and graduate programs do not have access to your financial documents, and they make admission and funding decisions based on merit alone. Assistantships and fellowships are awarded competitively to the most academically qualified students.

Waiting until you are accepted to the University before you provide proof of financial responsibility will delay the issuing of an I-20.

2. Passport (or current visa)

To ensure proper issuance of the I-20, you are required to provide a copy of your passport (from your home country) or your current visa.

Like the financial information above, this information is required for immigration and visa purposes. It is not shared with faculty members or the graduate program to which you are applying. These documents should be uploaded as a PDF via your application portal.

Waiting until acceptance to provide a copy of your Passport may delay the issuing of an I-20.

3. Immunization Compliance

Prior to issuance of the I-20 and scheduling of classes, Student Health Services must approve the proof of immunization compliance form. Download the Official University Immunization Form.

Like the financial information above, this information is required for immigration and visa purposes. It is not shared with faculty members or the graduate program to which you are applying. These documents should be uploaded as a PDF via your application portal.

Waiting until acceptance to provide the proof of immunization compliance form will delay the issuing of an I-20.

I-20 Deadlines

To ensure that new students have the necessary time to schedule VISA appointments and arrive at UL Lafayette, our office has adopted the following deadlines for issuance of an initial I-20. If an admission decision has not been issued and/or required documents have not been received and approved by these dates, no initial I-20 will be issued. Transfer I-20s will continue to be considered and, as approved, issued after these dates.

Semester I-20 Deadline
Fall June 30
Spring November 15

Because full-time enrollment is required for international students seeking an F-1 visa and many graduate programs have limited offerings during the summer, I-20s are not issued for a first term of study in the summer semester.

You will be notified by email when the I-20 has been issued.