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For International Students

International student applications must be submitted to the graduate school by May 1 of the year in which they are applying, as it may take weeks to get the application material through the Purdue and Indiana University committees.

Application material includes:

  • A submitted Graduate School application
  • Three submitted recommendations (one of which must be your supervisor) written in English
  • A resume and a statement of purpose written in English
  • Two original copies of transcripts in their original language from every educational institution attended where a bachelor's degree, master's degree or Ph.D. has been conferred, or credits have been transferred. See information below for submitting these transcripts.
  • Two original copies of transcripts officially translated in English
  • A Xerox copy of your diploma or diplomas in the original language. Once the applicant is accepted, the student will need to bring to the Kelley School of Business AND the Purdue University residencies their original diploma to be seen and verified by the Purdue and the Indiana University Graduate Schools
  • Original copies of your diploma(s) officially translated into English
  • International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) academic scores for Purdue University Graduate School admission. 

Graduate School English Language Criteria

The Graduate School Admissions office recently updated the How to Apply webpage to include more details about English proficiency waivers for applicants who have received a degree from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a recognized English speaking country.

Submitting Transcripts

An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution. The applicant must also provide two original copies of a list of courses and their grades, if they are not included with an official transcript. 

Two copies of transcripts and courses and their English translations should be mailed directly by a registrar to: 

Taryn Nance
Purdue University
Krannert Building, Room 754L
403 W. State St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056


Once the applicant becomes a student, Indiana University Kelley School of Business requires an F-1 Visa, which requires an I-20 from the Indiana University Office of International Services. See below for what is required. Applicants need to complete this process at least six to eight weeks prior to their in-residence start date in August. 

To request the I-20, Amanda Thacker (program manager for Kelley School of Business) needs the following information:

  • A clear, color copy of your passport photo page, that includes name, date of birth, country, and expiration date
  • A PDF copy of your insurance coverage. Please note that you insurance must meet the following requirements:
  • $100,000 minimum benefit ($250,000 is recommended) or
  • $50,000 coverage per accident (must include maternity benefits)
  • $50,000 coverage per illness
  • $10,000 coverage for medical evaluation
  • $7,500 coverage for repatriation
  • Deductible of not more than $500
  • Co-insurance of not more than 25%
  • Coverage dates must match in-residence dates