International Students


How to Apply

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 transferred (see information below for submitting these transcripts).
  • Two original copies of transcripts officially translated in English
  • A copy of your diploma or diplomas in the original language. Once accepted, you will need to bring your original diploma(s) to the first Indiana and Purdue residencies to be verified by the Graduate Schools
  • Original copy of your diploma(s) officially translated into English
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for Purdue University Graduate School admission. The Graduate School will routinely waive the English Proficiency testing requirements for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 24 months, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language. For more information, see English Proficiency Requirements.

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