International Student Admission
The university welcomes applications from qualified international students whose academic backgrounds indicates a high probability for successful completion of the desired UTEP academic program. The high school preparation or its equivalent that would qualify the applicant for admission to recognized universities in the home country must be completed.
The university must receive complete, official, or school-certified transcripts of high school and university work sent directly from each institution involved. If the original documents are in the student's possession, copies certified by the school, college, university, or consulate may initially be submitted and the originals presented to the Admissions Office when the student arrives on campus. All transcripts in languages other than English or Spanish must be accompanied by certified English translations.
A transfer applicant attending another institution on a student visa (I-20) will be considered for admission to UTEP if the requirements for transfer admission have been met and if the applicant has completed a minimum of 12 semester hours or its equivalent each long semester while in the United States. Failure to maintain this student status will result in denial of admission to UTEP.
Financial assistance for international students is extremely limited. Each student must furnish a statement of financial support from parents or sponsors stating that they are able to finance the student's education while in this country; this must be done before the student can be admitted.
The admission credentials of all international students will be evaluated on the basis of the admission requirements described below. International students who have attended other colleges or universities should also refer to the ACADEMIC REGULATIONS section of this catalog under "Transfer Credit" for additional information about the transferability of credit.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Application, accompanied by $65 admission evaluation fee; satisfactory SAT, ACT, PAA or TOEFL scores; complete, official high school transcript; acceptable statement of financial support; immunization record.
A high school graduate whose academic credentials would grant admission to recognized universities in the home country will be considered for admission to the University. The academic average in areas related to the desired field of study should be equivalent to a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Application, accompanied by $65 admission evaluation fee; satisfactory SAT/ACT, TOEFL, or PAA scores; complete, official high school transcript; complete, official transcripts from EACH college or university attended; acceptable statement of financial support; immunization record.
An applicant from an accredited or nationally recognized college or university who has a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 or its equivalent and who is eligible to return to all previous institutions attended will be considered for admission to the university.
All international students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a college or university in the United States must submit entrance examination scores. The SAT or ACT must be taken by applicants whose high school education was in English. An SAT total of 920 or higher, with a minimum of 400 on the Verbal is required. Students taking the ACT must score a minimum of 20 on the Composite with a minimum of 21 on the English section. The TOEFL may be submitted by applicants whose high school education was in English but for whom the SAT or ACT is unavailable in the home country.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) must be taken by applicants whose high school education was not in English; a minimum score of 500 is required.
The PAA (Prueba de Aptitud Academica) should be taken by applicants whose primary language is Spanish and who are not proficient enough in English to pass the TOEFL; a total score of 1,000 is required. Applicants accepted with PAA scores are admitted into the bilingual Inter-American Science and Humanities Program. Students admitted into the program are limited to regular university courses taught in Spanish and to ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses. Once ESOL 5110 has been completed with a grade of C or better, the student may change majors.
Students whose academic background is unusual or is not described above should contact the Admissions Office to determine which test is most appropriate.
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