International applicants are selected from those who meet academic and language requirements. Admission is dependent on credentials that demonstrate the applicant’s capacity to succeed academically at the university level. Students who do not meet our minimum language requirements can apply for conditional admission.
We understand that equivalents between other countries' curricula and that of the United States may not exist. Therefore, the University of Idaho evaluates foreign courses and academic transcripts in terms of approximations.
Individual department requirements may be more rigorous than the general University of Idaho requirements. In those instances, final admission is based on the department’s decision.
Students who don't meet the minimum academic and language requirements may apply through the Global Student Success Program.
If you are a freshman or first-year student:
- Undergraduate applicants who have no previous work at the post-secondary level must have at least a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) from a secondary school. Students must also meet the criteria for admission to university-level study in their home country.
- Students with a GPA less than 2.5 may apply through the Global Student Success Program.
If you are a transfer student:
- Undergraduate applicants who have attended a post-secondary institution and have completed at least 14 transferable semester credits at an accredited institution must present a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all post-secondary work. For admission into the College of Engineering, transfer students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.8. Other departments may have additional requirements. Students who have completed fewer than 14 transferable semester credits (post-secondary) must meet the freshman or first-year student requirements in addition to the transfer student requirements.
- Please note: Students transferring to the University of Idaho from another U.S. college or university must notify their current international student advisor of their plans to transfer to the University of Idaho. Please refer to the SEVIS Transfer Process Form for more information about this topic.
- Fall Semester (August to December): May 1
- Spring Semester (January to May): October 1
- Summer Term (Begins mid-May): March 1
Please note: Complete applications along with all required supporting documents must be received in the admissions office by the deadlines outlined above.
Students must submit:
- An international application for admission.
- Official secondary school transcripts identifying subjects taken, marks received and graduation date. If you have not yet graduated from your secondary school, a transcript showing all completed work may be accepted for early admission. External examination reports should be provided when applicable.
- Official transcripts with subjects and marks received from any colleges or universities attended.
- An official TOEFL score or equivalent if you are not seeking conditional admission
- Certified, literal translations of all credentials issued in any language other than English. To find more information about the University of Idaho’s policy on academic transcripts and certified translations see the Transcripts and Translations Document.
- A statement of your activities if you've had a gap in education.
Please note: Students applying after the deadlines above or with incomplete files by these deadlines can still be considered for admission if they have their educational credentials evaluated by a professional evaluation service. There are five professional credential evaluation services from which the University of Idaho will accept evaluations.
In order to study in the U.S., students must also meet financial requirements (.pdf) as set by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations. Refer to the cost estimates (.pdf) for more information on this topic.
Students must submit:
- A signed Certificate of Financial Responsibility from the applicant, and applicant's sponsor if he/she is being sponsored.
- An original bank statement (or letter from an appropriate official on bank letterhead) from the applicant or applicant's sponsor if he/she is being sponsored, showing that the necessary minimum funds are available.
- A copy of the applicant's passport.