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Incoming Freshmen International Students

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

Admission Requirements

  • Possess the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma
  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements

TOEFL/IELTS Requirements

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 for those students who have an ELAP hold. Results from the ELAP will determine possible placement in EIS (English for International Students) courses in the first semester. EIS courses are credit courses and not part of an Intensive English Program.

Applying as an International Freshman Student

  • Apply online at
  • Pay a $60 application processing fee
  • Submit official high school transcript
  • Submit an official English translation for non-English transcripts.
  • Send your TOEFL or IELTS scores directly from the testing agency.

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

An admissions decision will not be made until all required documents are received. Students who are admitted to the university are not guaranteed admission to a specific academic program.

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.

English Language Proficiency

TOEFL or IELTS scores are used to determine if additional English language training is required. In order to be exempt from additional English language courses, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • score TOEFL Internet-Based Test (IBT) 100 or greater
  • score TOEFL Paper-Based Test (PBT) 600 or greater
  • score IELTS of 7.0 or greater
  • graduated from a U.S. high school and completed two full years of regular English courses
  • scored 500 or greater on the SAT critical reading
  • scored 21 or greater on the ACT English component

UTSA International Gateway

For more information on being an international student at UTSA including visas, financial aid, health insurance, and living in San Antonio and more, please visit You can also email