International Students

We have provided some simple information below to help answer questions, but please refer to the Office of International Services and the Graduate School for further information and direction on how to become a graduate student here at NC State.

English Proficiency Requirements

Refer to the Graduate School's page for details about the TOEFL or IELTS score requirement. Students may demonstrate English proficiency through other ways listed on the page as well.


Foreign transcripts must be translated into English. The Department of World Languages and Cultures at NC State maintains a list of faculty who offer translation services in select languages on their website.  You have the option of reaching out to a professional company who offers translation services as well but we are unable to provide you a recommendation.

If you graduated from a four-year accredited institution within the U.S., unofficial transcripts are accepted for admissions review but the Graduate School must receive your official transcript by your first day of class in our graduate program. 

Three-year Bachelors Degrees

Refer to the Graduate School's page to learn whether your bachelor's degree falls within the Bologna Process or meets the requirement to be treated as an equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree.

Certificate of Financial Responsibility

International students who are admitted into the program must submit a Certificate of Financial Responsibility through their application portal to have their admission into the university processed.


International students who are admitted into the program are required to attend a mandatory orientation session sponsored by the Office of International Services. In addition, an OIS check-in appointment is required for all new international students.

Students who wish to work during their academic experience here must complete a tax assessment and schedule an appointment with the Tax Office as well.