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Freshmen International Student Requirements

All documents related to international student admissions must be sent to the Office of International Programs:

Office of International Programs
International Undergraduate Admissions
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle, MB 1.210
San Antonio, TX 78249

Note: Documents submitted to UTSA for admission consideration become the property of the university.

Please review the information below and if you have additional questions we welcome you to email us at

UTSA International Gateway

For more information on UTSA international student activity to include the I-20 or DS-2019 process, international student orientation, insurance requirements, living in San Antonio, campus resources and much more please visit the International Gateway and then click on International Students Services link for information on these topics.

Freshman Student

A freshmen student is defined as a student who is a high school graduate and who has not attended a college or university after graduating from high school (secondary school).

Freshman requirements:

  • Present official secondary school transcripts, diplomas, certificates, statement of results and/or national test examination scores as given in your country.
  • Submit an official English translation for all non-English transcripts.
  • Possess the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
  • Possess the equivalent of a 2.5 out of 4.0 grade point average for admission consideration if coming for a foreign high school.
  • Submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). See score requirements and waivers below.
  • Submit official scores for the SAT (code 6919) or ACT (code 4239).

International Undergraduate Admission to The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is offered to academically qualified international applicants. Completed applications are evaluated through an individual review process after all supporting admissions materials are received by the Office of International Programs, International Undergraduate Admissions. Students who are admitted to the university are not guaranteed admission to a specific academic program.


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TOEFL and IELTS Requirements

Test TOEFL Internet-Based Test TOEFL Paper-Based Test IELTS Test
Bachelor's Degree Admission Qualification (ELAP required)** 79-99 550-599 6.5
Bachelor's Degree Admission Qualification (ELAP exempt) 100 600 7.0

**English Language Assessment Program (ELAP):

The ELAP is a test to assess students' academic English proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The test is administered during orientation. Results from the ELAP will determine possible placement in EIS (English for International Students) courses. EIS courses are credit courses and not part of an Intensive English Program. For more information on the ELAP, please visit Intensive English Program ELAP.

Attention: Meeting our TOEFL or IELTS score requirement does not guarantee acceptance.


  • Earned bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university.
  • Earned 45 or more semester hours of transferable credit from a U.S. college or university.
  • Earned 30 or more semester hours of transferable credit from a U.S. college or university to include college-level English Composition I with a B- or better grade.
  • The applicant graduated from a U.S. high school and completed three full years of regular English courses.
  • The applicant scored 500 or greater on the SAT critical reading or 21 or greater on the ACT English component.

Conditional Admission

  • The University of Texas at San Antonio offers Conditional Admission for international undergraduate students who meet our academic requirement for admission but who require additional English language training at UTSA.
  • Students interested in conditional admission should apply using the online Texas Common Application for the semester they wish to begin the Intensive English Program (IEP).
  • After successfully completing the IEP and achieving the appropriate TOEFL or IELTS score, students will be promoted to a degree seeking status for the following semester to enroll in academic courses.
  • Students who accept an offer of conditional admission are required to attend a minimum of one semester of IEP at UTSA.
  • Students who have taken or expect to take the TOEFL or IELTS before the application deadline will not be considered for conditional admission until such scores are on file.
  • Eligibility for conditional admission and promotion to a degree-seeking status is contingent upon submission of all required academic credentials.


  • Fall semester: June 1 (semester begins late August)
  • Spring semester: November 1 (semester begins early January)
  • Summer semester: April 1 (semester begins late May to early June)

F-1 or J-1 Visa Students

  • Must submit Confirmation of Financial Resources (CFR) for any student expecting to enter on an F-1 or J-1 visa
  • Confirmation of Financial Resources is not required for admission consideration. However, it is recommended that you become familiar with the requirements and be prepared to submit your financial documents upon acceptance to UTSA


Texas Residency Rules

Note: Attestations of Original Documents

  • When an original document cannot be duplicated according to the secondary school, university, or examining board policy, attested copies may be substituted.
  • Attestations MUST be obtained either from the issuing college/university, the Controller of Examination/Records or the Principal.
  • Attestation must include the appropriate signature and official stamp.
  • Copies attested by notary officials, translators, head of department, lecturer, other government posts, etc., are not acceptable substitutes.

To Apply

  1. Apply online at
  2. Pay $60 application fee.
  3. Submit your official high school transcript.
  4. Submit an official English translation for non-English transcripts.
  5. Send your TOEFL or IELTS scores directly from the testing agency.
  6. Send your SAT or ACT scores directly from the testing agency.