Welcome to the University of Utah! This page is for students whose schooling has been outside the U.S. and are planning to obtain a bachelor's (undergraduate) degree.
Learn more about your life as a student at the University of Utah from the International Center.
NOTE: International students may apply directly to the University of Utah. It is not necessary to go through a private agency or pay additional fees.
Apply for Undergraduate Admission
Use our online application for the fastest processing. It is recommended that international students apply at least 60 days before the deadline to allow processing time. (A printable PDF application is also available.)
Pay the application fee
The non-refundable application fee for international students is $55. International application fees cannot be waived. (A $30 late fee will be required after the deadline.) Please do not send cash.
Have school records sent to the Office of Admissions
All school records must be:
Freshman applicants must submit official transcripts, mark sheets, and school records for the last four years of secondary school (years 9-12), including all external examinations. If the proof of graduation is not listed on the transcript, then submit a copy of the diploma or the certificate of completion to prove graduation.
Transfer & Second Bachelor's applicants must submit official transcripts, mark sheets, and school records from every college or university attended. If you have less than 30 semester credits, you must submit your secondary school documents.
- Sent directly from the school attended or from the Ministry of Education (where applicable) to the Admissions Office of the University of Utah. The University of Utah accepts official electronic transcripts from the following agencies only: Docufide by Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScrip-Safe and AVOW. Please send electronic transcripts to
- In the original language with an official English translation. Translations must be literal and complete.
- Submitted on an official school document and list the name and address of the school, the dates enrolled, grading system, description of each subject or examination, and mark or grade earned in each subject or examination.
If your first language is not English, then have English proficiency scores (TOEFL or IELTS) sent to the Office of Admissions
- Official scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission and must be sent directly to the Admissions Office from Educational Testing Service (TOEFL) or from the center where you took the test (IELTS).
- Some applicants may not need to send English proficiency scores, including recent graduates from an accredited college or university in the United States or if you have had your Permanent Resident card for at least 5 years. Check to see if you are eligible for an English proficiency waiver.
Your application will be processed after we have received all documents, test scores, and fees. Admissions decisions are mailed through the U.S. Postal Service.
Freshman applicants will be notified about decisions depending on their application completion date. Find the notification dates for your semester.
Transfer and second bachelor applicants will be notified on a rolling admission system soon after their applications have been processed.
Making false or misleading statements on the application or failing to list all institutions attended may result in cancellation of admission status and/or loss of credit.
Admission requirements, deadlines, and fees are subject to change without prior notice.
All documents submitted to the University of Utah become its property and will not be released to students or other institutions. Admission applications and transcripts are destroyed after one year for students who do not attend.
Contact us if you have questions about the application process.
To be considered for admission, Undergraduate International Students must meet the following academic and English proficiency minimum requirements.
Freshman applicants must:
- Have graduated from a high school or secondary school with satisfactory grades, received a diploma or certificate of graduation, and be eligible for admission to a major university in the country in which they graduated.
If the applicant graduated from high school in the U.S., then the same freshman requirements as domestic applicants apply.
- ACT or SAT test scores may be requested.
International applicants are classified as Transfer Students if they have completed at least one year of satisfactory work (30 credit hours) at a post-secondary institution. Applicants with fewer than 30 semester credits after high school should submit materials required by Freshman applicants, including secondary school transcripts. International applicants transferring from another post-secondary instutition must:
Admission to the University does not guarantee immediate entry into all majors. Read about Admission into Selective Majors.
Second Bachelor's: Admission for students seeking a second bachelor's degree will be based on:
- a cumulative GPA of at least 2.35, and
- Good academic standing at the last institution attended.
English Proficiency requirements
- Beginning with the fall 2013 semester, applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (550 pBT) or better, or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 or better. (Minimum score requirements are subject to change). Register for the TOEFL. Register for IELTS.
- Students who have previously completed the TOEFL or IELTS, but have been outside of the United States for two or more years since taking the examination will be required to complete a new TOEFL or IELTS exam and meet the minimum requirements.
- The university has the right to request additional English training if deemed necessary by a university official.
- If you are academically qualified but do not meet the English proficiency requirements, you may be eligible for additional English training at the University before you begin regular academic schooling.
Global Pathways Program: A one year program in partnership with Kaplan International that allows international applicants on visas to improve their English language skills to the required level while still enrolling in a limited number of approved academic courses. Email email@example.com for more information.
English Language Institute: Students study intensive English on a non-credit basis. The University of Utah English proficiency requirement may be waived for undergraduate admission for student who finish the programs top level (Bridge program) with a B average or better.
After you are Admitted
Students requesting an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility must provide the following documents:
- A financial statement showing a minimum of $36,351.00 in U.S. dollars to cover the first year tuition and living expenses. The funds should be liquid, and the account must have been in the applicant's name for at least six months. (Costs are subject to change)
Read an estimate of Undergraduate expenses.
- A signed statement from any sponsor providing financial support for the student, declaring the sponsor's intent to financially support the student for an entire year of tuition and living expenses. Download the Affidavit (PDF). Applicants being sponsored by their embassy, government, or educational agency need only submit a letter of sponsorship from the appropriate authority.
- A copy of the first page of your current passport or your national ID card.
- Students currently on an I-20 from another U.S. school will need to complete a transfer form, which will be mailed to the student after acceptance.
The International Center
Once accepted, your main contact on campus is
The International Center
for advising on all visa issues, orientation, international student resources, housing and other issues for international students.
- International students on visas are not eligible to enroll as provisional or non-matriculated students.
- Students are not eligible to pursue a second bachelor's degree within the same program from which they previously graduated.
International undergraduate applicants who have been denied admission may appeal the decision. Learn more about the appeal process.