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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 TOEFL/IELTS helps demonstrate your proficiency in English at the college level.

  • We require a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (on the Internet-based test) for admission.
  • We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5.

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, the TOEFL or IELTS must be submitted directly from the testing agency. UL Lafayette’s institution code is 6672.

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.

These documents must be original. The Graduate School will not accept scanned, photocopied, emailed, or faxed copies.

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

Even if you received or plan to receive an assistantship or fellowship to pay for your tuition and living expenses, you still need to submit the financial documentation. 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.

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. 

Financial Documentation

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 the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. View the International Graduate Student Cost Estimate for the upcoming academic year.

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, please 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. A financial information form is still required of all students, whether you are receiving an assistantship or not. Please note that all financial information must be sent to us physically and will not be accepted electronically. 

Official Bank Statement/Proof of Support

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 an official/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.

Passport & Proof of Immunization Compliance

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 may be scanned, photocopied, or faxed to the Graduate School.

Waiting until acceptance to provide a copy of your Passport or the Proof of Immunization Compliance Form will delay the issuing of an I-20.


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

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 immunization compliance form.

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 October 31