International Instructions


Initial Steps

  1. View AU Graduate School profile and admissions requirements in ArabicChinese, Spanish or Hindi.
  2. Complete the application according to the instructions.

Three Months Prior To Beginning of Term

Return the completed documents and application fee to the Auburn University Graduate School. NO LATER THAN THREE MONTHS BEFORE the beginning of the term in which you wish to enter graduate school.

Additional Information

Help with Surname

In the United States the LAST NAME is also the FAMILY NAME. Be sure that we can correctly identify all of your documents by your LAST (FAMILY) NAME.

Application Fee

A $70 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee must accompany your application.  Applicants can pay online via Credit Card at the end of the application process.  The Graduate School accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.  Applications and records will not be processed until the application fee has been received.

English Proficiency

International applicants required to submit a language test score have several options of certifying their English proficiency.

The TOEFL or IELTS will be the only accepted language proficiency tests for admission to Auburn University Graduate School. We do not accept the Duolingo English Test.

ETS has also created the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition to meet the needs of students who are unable to take the test in a test center due to COVID-19. The test is taken on your own computer at home and is identical in content, format and on-screen experience to the TOEFL iBT test taken at a test center. Visit The TOEFL Tests ( for more information.

All applicants MUST SUBMIT an OFFICIAL score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) directly to us from the Education Testing Service or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Exemptions are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on their official government language and medium of instruction.

–Applications CANNOT be considered until one of these test scores has been received in the office of the Graduate School.

–There can be NO EXCEPTIONS and there can be NO SUBSTITUTIONS.

–Students MUST SCORE at least 550 on the paper TOEFL (pBT), 213 on the computer TOEFL (cBT), and 79 on the internet TOEFL (iBT) or 6.5 Overall Band Score on the IELTS to be considered for admission. On the iBT, students must score a minimum of 16 on the four component parts of the iBT (reading, listening, speaking, writing). Some departments require higher scores, but ALL must meet the minimum requirements.

Other Tests

Information on other required tests is found in the instructions on the back of the Application for Admission.

–GRE or GMAT scores will be evaluated in conjunction with your previous academic record.

We MUST receive “OFFICIAL” copies of all test scores directly from the Educational Testing Service.

–All international graduate teaching assistants are required to submit evidence of satisfactory speaking skills. This can be demonstrated with a score of 23 or higher on the Speaking Section of the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), or a score of 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS, or a score of 4.5 and above in the Speaking section of the iTEP (replaced the SPEAK test), which is administered at Auburn University prior to the start of classes. A student may be asked to enroll in a course designed to improve the oral communication skills of international teaching assistants. Hiring units are responsible for making sure that international Graduate Teaching Assistants meet the minimum requirements for employment, including but not limited to a satisfactory background check and proficiency in English. For each international Graduate Teaching Assistant, hiring units are required to submit the International Graduate Teaching Assistant Certification of Eligibility for Employment form and supporting documentation.

List of Colleges

When you complete the “List all Colleges…” section of the Application for Admission, LIST ONLY COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY INFORMATION.


Institution            Major Field     Date From – To     Received/Expected

Your University     Your Major     1980-1985            B.A. (1st) or B.A.


International applicants should provide an official original language transcript AND final diploma or certificate(s) accompanied by a certified English translation of each document.

The Graduate School Bulletin

We regret that the Graduate School Bulletin may NOT be mailed to foreign applicants. We receive thousands of requests for information each year and the cost of overseas mailing for so many Bulletins is prohibitive. The Graduate Bulletin is currently available for online viewing by visiting

Financial Sponsorship

The ESTIMATED TOTAL COST in the U.S. currency for attending Auburn University for one year, 2024-2025, is $52,030.

–We regret that the Graduate School has no funds for scholarships or fellowships and cannot guarantee any form of financial aid.

–Address inquiries concerning other forms of financial aid to the head of the department in which you wish to major.

–Applicants MUST DEMONSTRATE the availability of adequate financial resources to meet personal and educational obligations. The properly completed “Official Statement of Finances” accompanied by certified evidence of your sponsor’s financial capability MUST BE filed with this office before an admission letter and your I-20 Form can be released.


All international students are required to subscribe to Plan II of the student insurance plan or to provide evidence of equivalent coverage. Information about student insurance is available at the Office of International Education (

We assure you that your application for admission, if submitted as indicated above, will receive our careful consideration.

Last modified: January 23, 2024