International Student Requirements for Admission into the CLS Categorical Certification Program


International Students

Applicants whose tertiary-level education has been completed at international institutions must meet the following requirements, in addition to providing the credentials for their prospective program:

  1. Take and score satisfactorily on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if the native language is not English. A minimum satisfactory score is a total of 550 (or a score of 213 on the computer based exam) or 6.5 for IELTS; however, TOEFL or IELTS score requirements are one of the many criteria of a student’s admission, and the requirement could vary based upon previous education, GPA, and related factors. Test of Spoken English is recommended for applicants to the GSBS.
  2. Submit an acceptable English translation with the transcripts if the transcripts are not in English. If the degree is not indicated on transcript, a copy of the diploma and/or certificate issued by the school is required.

Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative (TSI), formerly Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. All undergraduate students must have satisfied the TSI prior to enrolling at UTMB. Questions regarding the TSI requirements can be directed to Enrollment Services.

In addition, foreign nationals here on F-1 permits must be degree seeking (enrollment in a certificate program does not qualify), in-residence students (no distance students) and meet additional federal immigration criteria including proof of financial resources.

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