International Students

International students whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants should consult the graduate adviser for the program of interest to learn which test the program requires.

There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination. Test takers should have their official score sent to UT Austin at the following address:

Graduate and International Admissions Center
The University of Texas at Austin
P.O. Box 7608
Austin, Texas 78713-7608

A score of 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test), or 79 (internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR an overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is considered the minimum acceptable for admission to The University of Texas at Austin and the School of Information.

NOTE for Internet-based TOEFL takers: Minimum score requirements on the individual sections of the TOEFL IBT examination may vary depending upon your major and other considerations such as employment as a teaching assistant.

TOEFL or IELTS Waiver Information

If you hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country, you will receive a waiver of the TOEFL or IELTS. We will not waive the requirement for the TOEFL or IELTS if you earned only a master's degree from a U.S. institution or from an institution in another English-only speaking country.

The Master in Professional Accounting (MPA) program and the Foreign Language Education program (M.A. and PhD) do not waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for non-native English speaking applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or other English-only speaking country.

Applicants from the following countries do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score:

  • American Samoa
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Grand Cayman
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Liberia
  • New Zealand
  • Trinidad/Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S. Pacific Trust

Information concerning TOEFL schedules and test centers may be obtained from U.S. consulates or binational cultural centers in many countries or from the TOEFL web site.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is administered in more than 120 countries and is available off-site in additional countries. Information about IELTS test dates, locations, and procedures is published online.

The School reserves the right to require a re-administration of the TOEFL in Austin and/or to require an international student to take remedial work in English. The Graduate School offers courses in writing for graduate students for whom English is a second language. The School of Information often recommends that students who need further work with written English take these courses.

See the UT International Office for information and resources for international students.

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