You have several options for admission to U of I as an international student:
- Undergraduate Admission: If you are seeking an undergraduate degree (bachelor’s) from the University of Idaho and you meet both the academic performance and language test score minimums, apply for regular admission.
- Graduate Admission: If you are seeking a graduate degree (master’s or doctorate) from the University of Idaho, please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions to learn more about degree programs, academic and language requirements (determined by each individual department) and application procedures.
- Conditional Admission (undergraduate and graduate students): If you meet our academic performance minimums, but do not meet our English language proficiency minimums, apply for conditional admission.
- Global Student Success Program (undergraduate and graduate students): If you do not meet the direct entry requirements for undergraduate or graduate admission, you may qualify for the Global Student Success Program. This program supports international students to be more successful in both their degree program and adjusting to life in the U.S. The GSSP is available for all undergraduate degrees and a select number of master’s degrees.
- Exchange Student Admission: Exchange students visit the University of Idaho as full-time students for a period of usually one or two semesters on an exchange agreement between the University of Idaho and their home institution or with an exchange organization.
Undergraduate Academic Requirements
First Year Student: A 2.5 on a 4.0 Grade Point Average scale is required from your secondary school. You must meet criteria for admission to university-level study in your home country.
International Baccalaureate Credit
General Certificate of Education
Global Assessment Certificate
AP and CLEP Credit
Transfer Student: If you have completed at least 14 transferable semester credits, you will need 2.0 GPA from your previous institution. If you're transferring to the College of Engineering, you will need a 2.8 GPA. Other departments may have additional requirements. If you have completed fewer than 14 transferable credits, you must meet the first-year student requirements in addition to the transfer student requirements.
Graduate Academic Requirements
Graduate school applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree, with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Students must meet criteria set by U of I Graduate Admissions, as well as individual academic departments.
Global Student Success Program
If you do not meet the academic requirements for direct entry for undergraduate or graduate admission, you may qualify for the Global Student Success Program. The Global Student Success Program requires a minimum 2.0 on a 4.0 GPA scale for undergraduate applicants and a minimum 2.5 on a 4.0 GPA scale for graduate applicants. Please visit the GSSP Admissions website to learn more about specific academic entry requirements by country.
The following are acceptable as proof of English competency for students for whom English is not their primary language. The substitutions are considered to be equivalent to a TOEFL score of 525/70 and are available only for undergraduate students applying for admission in degree and non-degree seeking programs.
- Completion of the University of Idaho American Language and Culture Program (ALCP).
- SAT evidence based reading and writing minimum score of 550 (SAT taken March 2016 and after).
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 70.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum score of 6.0.
- See more accepted programs and countries eligible for waivers on the language requirements list.
The following are acceptable as proof of English competency for graduate students:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum overall score of 79
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum overall score of 6.5
- MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 77
- U of I American Language and Culture Program (ALCP) with score of a Level 6/Advanced Pass
- U.S. Education Earned Bachelor, or higher, degree at accredited U.S. institution
- See more about English Proficiency for graduate admission.
Global Student Success Program
The Global Student Success Program requirements vary depending on the English language qualification results achieved and whether the student is an undergraduate or graduate. Please visit the GSSP Admissions website to learn more about specific qualifications.
- Fall Semester (August to December): May 1
- Spring Semester (January to May): October 1
- Summer Session (Begins mid-May): March 15
- Priority Deadline for Scholarships: February 1
The priority date to apply for a scholarship is February 1 of each year for an award to begin the subsequent fall semester. By submitting an application for the University of Idaho on or before the priority date, students will also be automatically considered for departmental merit scholarships.
Tuition waiver scholarships for the subsequent fall semester may be awarded to students who apply after the February 1 priority date if there is additional funding available. However, those who comply with the priority date of February 1 will be given first priority.
Scholarships may be available for students who apply to enter during the spring semester if funds remain after the fall awards are assigned. First priority is given to students who enter in the fall semester.
- Fall Semester (August to December): February 1
- Spring Semester (January to May): September 1
- Summer Session (Begins mid-May): February 1
Priority consideration for awarding College of Graduate Studies tuition waivers will be given to applicants who meet those deadlines by submitting all requirements by the deadline.
Note for International Applicants: To provide time for evaluation, for notice of admission status to reach the applicant, and for USICE requirements to be met for issuance of a student visa, applications and credentials should be received by the Graduate Admissions Office no later than the following dates:
- For Fall Semester: May 1
- For Spring Semester: October 1
- For Summer Session: March 15
Applications received after the deadlines but before the official start of the semester for which the applicant is seeking entry will be accepted only if additional students can be accommodated.