The University wishes to encourage qualified graduate applicants from other countries. Accordingly, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will accept as equivalent in level, structure, scope, and intent the new European degrees, adopted under the Bologna Process.
The University will also consider three-year bachelor’s degrees earned in Division I and II institutions in India and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as comparable to four-year U.S. bachelor’s degrees. UTC will consider other three-year degrees on a case-by-case basis.
Students whose native language is not English are required to provide official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An official TOEFL score of 550 or above is required. (A score of 213 or above on the computer-based test, or a score of 79 or above on the Internet-based test, is considered equivalent to a score of 550 or above on the paper-based test). IELTS scores must be 6.0 or higher. Applicants may ask The Graduate School for an exemption from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if they: 1) have received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (or a similarly accredited institution in a country/region where the predominant spoken language is English) within the last two years, or 2) have worked full time in the United States or a predominantly English-speaking country/ region for at least two of the preceding four years. Applicants who wish to apply for such an exemption should check with The Graduate School office for appropriate instructions and/or forms.
Evidence of financial resources sufficient to provide adequate support (as determined by the University) during the applicant’s period of residence as a student.
International students may be required to take an English proficiency examination after arriving at the University and must complete all English courses recommended as a result of his/her score on this test or the TOEFL/IELTS.
Applicant must submit:
Clear copy of current passport showing photo and expiration date. Official copies of all US college/university transcripts. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the following methods:
International student applicants (not U.S. born or naturalized citizens) have additional application requirements detailed in the International Student Application Guide on the UTC International Student Services Office web site.
Note: International student applicants must submit admission materials to the UTC International Student Services Office.
An accepted applicant will receive a certificate of acceptance and an I-20 form, which must be shown to the consular officer of the United States to whom the student applies for a student visa. By fee payment, each international student must purchase health insurance through UTC.
World Education Services ICAP course-by-course evaluation www.wes.org WES will submit official copies of transcripts to UTC.
Josef Silny & Associates www.jsilney.com plus official copies of transcripts in the native language and English.
Educational Credential Evaluators www.ece.org plus official copies of transcripts in native language and English.
All international students are required to have health insurance. All materials must be received by The Graduate School office approximately three months prior to the semester in which the applicant hopes to enroll, i.e., May 15 for fall semester admission, October 15 for spring semester admission and February 15 for summer semester admission.