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Eligibility: International Students

International admission requirements are applied to all students who have international secondary or post-secondary educational credentials, regardless of country of citizenship, immigrant or visa status. Applications from students with both U.S. and international educational credentials may be reviewed according to either or both U.S. and international requirements.

Any transcript or documentation used in a language other than English must be sent with an official English translation. The Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid is solely responsible for evaluating and determining the equivalencies of international credentials and grading scales.

English Proficiency Requirement

An applicant whose native language is not English and/or who has been educated outside of the U.S. in a country or province where English is not the only official language must demonstrate proof of English proficiency by submitting either a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) score.

The following minimum scores are required for automatic admission:

  • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
  • Computer-based TOEFL: 213
  • Internet-based TOEFL: 79
  • IELTS: 6.5

Official TOEFL/IELTS scores are those reported directly to LSU by the respective testing service at the request of the student.

Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they have completed one of the following:

  • U.S. high school diploma earned (having attended all four years of high school in the U.S.);
  • A score of 480 on the English/Critical Reading section of the SAT; or 20 on the English section of the ACT;
  • U.S. Transfer requirements (minimum 2.5 overall GPA on 30 or more semester hours above remedial level, including a college-level course in English and in mathematics, or two consecutive English courses, from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university); or
  • Bachelor's degree earned fro an accredited U.S. institution

Official transcripts or scores are required showing completion of one of the above before a student can be exempted from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

To learn more about the academic requirements for various countries, click here.