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International Student Resources

"I am a current doctoral graduate student from Vietnam. I am about to take the qualifying examination in next October. I have been to ISU for 2 semesters, starting Fall 2009. I really appreciate and enjoy the academic environment here. The faculty and staff are very helpful. I was able to find more inspiration studying with my professors."

-Hoa Minh Nguyen, Doctoral Student in Engineering and Applied Science

"With faculty that excel in their research areas and a living cost within the reach of everyone, I will always be glad to have made the right decision of coming to ISU."

-Milan Bimali, Nepal. Master's Student in Mathematics; Teaching Assistant

In addition to department/program requirements and the Idaho State University Graduate School admission requirements, International Graduate Students have additional requirements for admission to the Graduate School.  

  • International students must submit a financial statement to the Graduate School verifying that they will be able to support themselves financially for one year while attending Idaho State University.
  • This document must consist of a statement or letter from a bank indicating that funds are available and accessible. The amount of money available to the student must be listed on the financial statement.
  • A graduate assistantship or fellowship awarded by a department or college may be used as part, or all, of this amount.

International students who have not graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States and whose native language is not English normally must achieve satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System test (IELTS). In recognition of the fact that COVID-19 has made it significantly difficult for many students to register for and take these tests, we are allowing students to take the Duolingo English Test in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS test for applicants applying for admittance.

  • Options for Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for Classified admission are:
    • Internet-based test: a total score of 80 with a score of 20 on each section (graduate assistants who teach courses must score 23 or above on the speaking section) on the iBT
    • Computer-based test: a total score of 213 with a score of 21 on section 1 (listening comprehension) on the computer test
    • Paper-based test: a total score of 550 with a score of 55 on Section l (Listening Comprehension) on the paper test
    • A level 112 from the ELS Language Centers.
  • Satisfactory Duolingo performance for Classified admission includes scoring 110 or higher. Graduate assistants who teach courses must score 110 or above on the Conversation sub-score.
  • Information about the TOEFL, including test dates and locations in international countries, can be obtained from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Satisfactory IELTS performance is a score of 6.5 or better.
  • Photocopies of TOEFL and/or IELTS scores will not be accepted.

International students may not enter the United States for graduate study without a U.S. Immigration (I-20) form.

This form will be supplied by the International Admissions Clerk in the Graduate School after a department or college chooses to accept a student and all other requirements for admission are met.