International Admissions | LSU Graduate School

International Admissions

LSU welcomes and supports all international applicants.

In addition to the Graduate School's admissions requirements, you may need to submit documentation related to your international status. We encourage all international students to make contact with the LSU International Services Office (ISO) for additional support. ISO provides primarily US Immigration advisory services to international students regarding their educational, financial, immigration, personal and social concerns in relation to their status in the US. For more information, visit the ISO website or contact ISO directly.

English Language Proficiency

LSU requires every international student to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson's Test of English (PTE). Only score results received directly from the testing agency are considered official. Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

    • Internet-Based Minimum Score: 79
    • Paper-Based Minimum Score: 550
    • Computer-Based Minimum Score: 213
    • Minimum Score: 6.5
  • PTE
    • Minimum Score: 59


Applicants with a bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction are exempt from the English proficiency requirement.

Note: With few exceptions, international students (including those who were exempted from English proficiency requirements) are required to sit for an English Placement Exam.


Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Graduate Admissions.  Acceptable electronic transcript exchange systems are SPEEDE Server, E-Script, National Student Clearinghouse, and Parchment.

Transfer credit posted on the records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the original institutions. Official transcripts for these credits must also be submitted. Military applicants are required to submit an official copy of their Joint Service Transcript (JST), if applicable.

All academic records that are not in English must be evaluated by a service recognized by an American Translators Association (ATA) or National Association for Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) agency. SPANTRAN is recommended. An official course-by-course evaluation must be included.

Documents that are unsealed, photocopied, notarized, faxed, or scanned are not accepted.

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Louisiana State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
114 West David Boyd Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803