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International Requirements

International students are defined as students who require the F-1 Student Visa to study in the United States.

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide official proof of English proficiency to the Office of Admissions in one or more of the following ways:

Scores on the following test of English Proficiency as displayed below:

  TOEFL MTELP IELTS-Academic PTE Academic
  Computer Based Exam iBT Exam      
UNLV 173 61 76 Minimum overall band of 6.0.
No band below 5.5.
Overall score of 44.
College of Hotel Administration 193 Overall score of 80.
Minimum of 20 on writing.
81 Minimum overall band of 6.5 with minimum band of 6.0 on writing.
No band below 5.5.
Overall score of 53
Minimum of 53 on writing
School of Nursing   100     Overall score of 68

Note: If you do not have official proof of English proficiency by the application deadline, select the major "English Language Center - ESL" as your first choice on the application for admission.

International Student Categories

Students who have completed coursework at a non-U.S. high school, college, or university are required to have their documents evaluated and translated, if appropriate, by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member. This official evaluation and translation, in addition to official copies of the documents in sealed envelopes, must be submitted to the UNLV Office of Admissions.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • UNLV institutional Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency (MTELP)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS – must be academic version)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • University-level course taken at a U.S. university/college, which is equivalent to UNLV English 101 with a grade of C or above. (The William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration does not accept this form of English proficiency.)
  • Four years of U.S. college-preparation high school English and appropriate ACT/SAT score.
  • Equivalent scores on other selected English proficiency exams approved by the Office of Admission. 
  • Applicants who are from the following nations are exempt:
    • Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Barbuda, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Fiji, Irish Republic, Jamaica, New Zealand, St. Kitt & Nevis, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, North Ireland), U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Students who have only high school course work will be admitted based on their complete high school records or National Testing Authority results. UNLV will convert scores to the "A" = four system. A result of a 3.0 ("B" average) is required for admission.
  • International students who have taken less than one year of full-time, postsecondary study will be admitted based on high school and postsecondary results. In addition to the high school results noted above, students must have results of a 2.5 ("B" average) in their postsecondary courses.
  • International students with more than one year of full-time, postsecondary study can be admitted without high school records if UNLV can award 24 or more semester transfer credits. To be admitted, you must have results of a 2.5 average ("B" average) in their postsecondary courses.