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International Applicants

International applicants, as well as US resident applicants attending colleges outside the United States must meet all of the listed admissions criteria as well as :

  • have all international academic transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service. Applicants have used the following services in the past: Josef Silny & AssociatesTrustforte, and World Education Services.
  • submit proof of English proficiency. In order to be eligible for admission to the Graduate School all international applicants, regardless of citizenship, must demonstrate proficiency in English at a level necessary to be successful in a graduate program at NC State.

English Proficiency Options 

To be eligible for admission to graduate study at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, all non-US citizen applicants (i.e., non-resident aliens and permanent residents) must demonstrate proficiency in the English language at a level necessary to be successful in a graduate program at NC State. This requirement can be met for most applicants in one of the following ways:

1.) Provide Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a total score of at least 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT), and with minimum test scores for each section of:

  • Listening 18 points
  • Reading 18 points
  • Writing 18 points
  • Speaking 18 points – for admission, 23 points – for TA appointment where TA has direct verbal interactions with students, 26 points – for TA appointment where TA presents lectures in the class or laboratory NOTE: The current computer- and paper-based versions of the TOEFL test will be given until the iBT version is implemented in a particular location. Computer-based TOEFL scores must be 213 or higher (with at least 17 on three sections and no section score below 13). The paper-based test requires a score of 550 or higher (with scores of 50 on at least two of the three sections and no section score below 45).

2.) Provide Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores with an overall band score of at least 6.5. General IELTS scores will not be accepted. Minimum test scores for each section are listed below:

  • Listening 6.5
  • Reading 6.5
  • Writing 6.5
  • Speaking 6.5 – for admission, 7.0 – for TA appointment

3.) Provide Duolingo with a total score of 110 or better.

4.) be a citizen of a country where English is the official language and the language of instruction in higher education

5.) have successfully (cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher) completed at least one year of full-time study in a degree program at a regionally accredited four-year US College or university.

TOEFL or IELTS test scores must be no older than two years (24 months) prior to the beginning of the requested entry term.

Office of International Services 

Resources for International Students

The Office serves as the central resource for international students and is the designated office responsible for immigration advising and document processing as well as providing programs and services for our international community. Explore their site.