Individuals with international academic credentials will need to submit additional information for their applications to be completely processed and approved. The Office of International Students, located at the University Park campus, will prompt students to submit required documentation, after the department approves admission and the Graduate School approves foreign academic credentials.
Individuals who are in the United States on a work visa can follow the application deadline dates stated on the How to Apply page.
Individuals who require an I-20 visa, should have a complete application submitted six months prior to the start of the semester in which they wish to begin studies. For Summer 2016 admission consideration, applicants will need to submit a complete application portfolio by December 1, 2015.
In addition to the application requirements, individuals with international credentials must also submit:
1. TOEFL or IELTS scores
The TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language, or IELTS, International English Testing System, must be taken by applicants for whom English is not their first language. This is not required of any student who has a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution in an English-speaking country or a regionally accredited American four-year institution. The TOEFL/IELTS is not required for individuals who have received a baccalaureate or a graduate degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, the United States, and Wales.
The Graduate School at Penn State receives score reports on a regular basis and uploads these to a central database.
On the day of testing, select:
Applicants must demonstrate a score of 80 (IBT exam), 550 (paper-based exam), or 213 (computer-based exam) on the TOEFL exam to be admissible. A minimum of 19 is required on the Speaking Skills section of the Internet-based exam. The IELTS minimum score is 6.5.
Applicants cannot be considered for admission unless the minimum requirements stated above are met.
2. Transcripts/marksheets and diploma from institutions attended
Translations to English can be provided by Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc.
3. Application for Visa and Financial Certification
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