UL Lafayette has a thriving community of international students and scholars, and we welcome applications to our graduate programs from around the world.
In addition to the Graduate School application and admission requirements, international applicants must provide the following documentation.
International official transcripts must be submitted to the Graduate School in the institution’s native language and include the following:
- A certified, literal/exact English translation, for any transcript document not originally issued in English.
- An individual mark sheet, in addition to consolidated transcripts. If only copies of individual mark sheets are available, the Registrar or Controller of Examiners must officially attest the copy.
- 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. Evaluations from an approved credential evaluation service are accepted, but must include official transcripts used for the evaluation. 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)
Only applicants who hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree, with primary instruction in English, from an accredited institution in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand are not required to demonstrate English language proficiency. We reserve the right to require demonstration of English language proficiency, even if you have received your degree from one of these countries.
All other applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting satisfactory official scores on one of the following tests:
- TOEFL iBT: A satisfactory score (79 or higher) is required. TOEFL iBT scores are valid for two years.
- IELTS: A satisfactory score (6.5 or higher) is required. IELTS scores are valid for two years.
- PTE Academic: A satisfactory score (53 or higher) is required. PTE Academic scores are valid for two years.
Through the Summer 2024 admission term, the Graduate School will accept TOEFL Essentials or Duolingo English Test Scores as a temporary alternative to TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores. Minimum scores requirements for admission to the Graduate School are as follows:
- TOEFL Essentials: A satisfactory score (8.5 or higher) is required. TOEFL Essential scores are valid for two years.
- Duolingo English Test: A satisfactory score (110 or higher) is required. Duolingo English Test scores are valid for two years.
Official 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 encourage you to apply to the UL Lafayette Intensive English Program (IEP).
Required Documents for an I-20
To receive or transfer an I-20, international applicants who require an F-1 or J-1 visa must:
- Be admitted unconditionally to a degree-granting graduate program at UL Lafayette.
- Provide official transcripts and proof of degree(s) directly from each institution.
- Upload financial documentation showing proof of financial responsibility.
- Upload a copy of passport (or current visa).
- Submit satisfactory proof of immunization compliance.
While we cannot provide an I-20 until you have been admitted (without any conditions) to one of our master’s or doctoral programs, we recommend that you do not wait until you are admitted to provide required documents. Waiting until you have been admitted can significantly delay issuance or transfer of an I-20.
2. Official Transcripts and Proof of Degree
The Graduate School must receive final official transcripts and proof of degree(s) directly from each institution before an I-20 will be issued or transferred. Review our transcript requirements.
3. Financial Documentation
Your financial documentation must be combined and uploaded to the application portal as one PDF.
Complete 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.
- Use the International Graduate Student Cost Estimate to determine your estimated total financial responsibility.
- Include supporting documentation that proves you have enough funds for a year of graduate study. Most often, this means providing 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.
- If you received an assistantship or fellowship to pay for your tuition and living expenses, list the amount under “University Funds.” If you receive funding that does not cover the total expenses for one year of graduate studies, then you must provide documentation for the remaining amount. The graduate program (or individual faculty member) will provide the Graduate School with confirmation of funding.
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.
4. Passport (or current visa)
To ensure proper issuance of the I-20, you must upload a copy of your passport (from your home country) or your current visa to the application portal as a PDF. This information is not shared with faculty members or the graduate program to which you are applying.
5. Immunization Compliance
Prior to issuance of the I-20 and scheduling of classes, Student Health Services must approve the proof of immunization compliance form. Complete the Official University Immunization Form and upload it as a PDF to the application portal. This information is not shared with faculty members or the graduate program to which you are applying.
The following deadlines have been set to ensure that new students have the necessary time to schedule VISA appointments and arrive at UL Lafayette.
An initial I-20 will not be issued if required documents have not been received and approved (and admission has not been granted) by these dates.
Transfer I-20s will continue to be considered and, as approved, issued after these dates.
I-20s are rarely issued for a first term of study in the summer semester. Full-time enrollment is required for international students on an F-1 visa, and most graduate programs have limited course offerings during the summer. Most graduate programs welcome new graduate students in the Fall semester. Learn more about individual program application deadlines and start dates.
You will be notified by email when the I-20 has been issued.