Admissions Team Blog #3: The one for international applicants | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

By Gwen Kelso, Graduate Coordinator

Hello, and welcome to Post No. 3 — the one for our international applicants.

Every year, the LBJ School welcomes a number of international students to campus. I hope this short blog will help you navigate your way through the admissions process.

Language Test Requirement
If you are from a country where English is not the first language and you did not attend an undergraduate institution in the U.S., it is likely you will be required to submit a language proficiency test. Note: the LBJ School only accepts TOFEL scores. We will not accept IELTS. We recognize a number of applicants have taken the IELTS and would like us to consider these scores; unfortunately, the LBJ School cannot make an exception to our TOFEL requirement. For more information on which countries qualify for an exemption, please visit the UT Office of Admissions website. The LBJ School cannot waive these requirements.

UT Austin requires a minimum TOFEL score of 79 for admission. The LBJ School typically prefers that applicants have a minimum score of 100.

Texas Global
UT Austin has a robust support network for international students. Visit Texas Global, our international student services office, to learn more about visas, funding and student life at UT Austin.

You will want to follow the instructions as set by the UT Austin Graduate and International Admissions Center. From the GIAC, please note the following:

Transcripts written in a language other than English must be accompanied by a translation. We do not accept outside evaluations of foreign transcripts. Each transcript (mark sheet) should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued (i.e., the subjects taken and grades [marks] earned in each subject).

If you have questions about transcript submission please refer to Post No. 2 or visit the Graduate and International Admissions Center website – under "Transcripts."

As always, the LBJ School Office of Student Affairs and Admissions is here to help. If you need assistance, feel free to reach out to


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