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International Applicants

Additional application information
for international applicants

In addition to the application materials required of all students, international students are required to submit an official score report from the TOEFL or the IELTS exam and a course-by-course WES evaluation.

Be sure to note the application deadlines for international students to ensure that your application is received in a timely manner.


TOEFL Requirements

The University of Pittsburgh requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the written test or 80 on the Internet test. Applicants with a TOEFL score lower than 550 or 80 are not eligible for admission. TOEFL must be taken within two years of application.

IELTS scores can be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum required score on the IELTS is Band 6.5 and applicants must take the academic writing and reading modules. IELTS must be taken within two years of application.

Pitt Public Health does not require the TOEFL of permanent residents, but departments may ask for TOEFL scores if they are necessary for the evaluation of the application.

SOPHAS applicants must use the ETS code for SOPHAS (5688) when submitting official TOEFL scores from the Educational Testing Service. SOPHAS Express and HAMPCAS applicants must use the University of Pittsburgh code (2927) with no department code. Official IELTS results must be mailed directly to the Office of Student Affairs. The mailing address can be found here. Copies are not accepted.

There are only three circumstances under which the University will waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement:
  • An applicant has obtained a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from a U.S. accredited institution located within the U.S.
  • He/she is a citizen of a country in which English is the official language (see list below)
  • An applicant has completed a degree program at an institution outside of the U.S. where the language of instruction is English and where the official national language of the country in which the institution is located is English (see list below)

If none of these circumstances applies, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is required.

Countries for which a TOEFL or IELTS score is waived

The departments reserve the right to request TOEFL or IELTS scores if they feel that they are necessary for the evaluation of the application, even if the applicant meets one of the criteria above.

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Foreign Education Requirements

Pitt Public Health requires that all education from outside of the United States be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). The course-by-course evaluation is required and must be submitted directly to SOPHAS. Pitt Public Health recommends submission of the WES ICAP evaluation, which will include certified copies of academic records. If the WES basic course-by-course evaluation is submitted, applicants must also submit official transcripts (and official translations where applicable) to the Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs. Evaluations from agencies other than WES will not be accepted. Note: U.S. applicants who participated only in a short-term study-abroad program are not required to submit an evaluation.

Special cases where WES evaluation is not required include...
  • Applicants who received their most recent degree from a U.S. institution do not need to provide a WES evaluation. However, applicants must still submit official transcripts (and official translations where applicable) to the Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs for all prior education, as required by the University.
  • Applicants who attended an English-speaking institution in Canada do not need to provide a WES evaluation. In this case, the applicant will submit their official transcripts directly to SOPHAS. (NOTE: Applicants who attended a non-English speaking Canadian institution are still required to submit a WES evaluation.)
  • Applicants who are sponsored through the Institute of International Education (IIE), the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST), or the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities (LASPAU) do not need to provide a WES evaluation for prior degrees. However, IIE/AMIDEAST/LASPAU must still submit official transcripts (and official translations where applicable) to the Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs for all prior education, as required by the University.
  • Applicants from specific foreign institutions that are listed on the WES Web site as “ineligible for WES review” will not be able to request a verification report from WES. They may submit an ECE evaluation, along with official transcripts, to the Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs.
  • Applicants who have enrolled for no more than two terms of education at an international institution do not need to provide a WES evaluation, as long as any degrees received were conferred by U.S. institutions. Official transcripts will need to be submitted to the Pitt Public Health Office of Student Affairs.

Other than these special cases, applications will be considered incomplete, and hence, will not be reviewed, until a WES verification report has been received. International applicants must begin the WES process early.

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Certification of Financial Responsibility

If accepted, you must provide additional information required for I-20 processing, including...
  • confirmation of intention to enroll
  • bank statements
  • Certification of financial resources and financial responsibility

It is important that all accepted international applicants review the financial support documents carefully, as financial aid and scholarships are typically not available to international students. If accepted, you will receive a link to the International Graduate Student Financial Information with your admissions letter. 

Additional information on immigration and visa requirements from Pitt's Office of International Services.

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Admission Review

Review by departmental committee takes an average of four to six weeks, but the timing may vary by department or by season. As soon as your application is returned to the Office of Student Affairs, you will be notified of the decision.

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International Application Questions?

If you've read everything on this page and still would like to speak with somebody about the application process, contact the Office of Student Affairs.

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