Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

International Applicants

In addition to completing the prescribed graduate admissions process, international students applying to The University of Texas at Austin must submit either an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report demonstrating an adequate knowledge of English. Among the variety of TOEFL exams, the internet-based TOEFL is the most common.

 

Exemptions

International students applying to UT Austin must submit either an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report demonstrating an adequate knowledge of English. The Institutional TOEFL (ITP) is not accepted. MES does not have a preferred test.
International applicants who are from a qualifying country are exempt from this requirement. Additionally, applicants are exempt from the requirement if they possess a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution or a qualifying countryThe requirement is not waived for applicants who have earned a master’s—but not a bachelor’s—degree from a similar institution.

 

Submitting Scores

Scores must be sent to the university by the testing agency (self-reported scores are not accepted). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) institution code for UT Austin is 6882. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination. To fulfill the requirement with scores from the IELTS, have an official paper score report sent to the Graduate and International Admissions Center.

 

TOEFL average score: 103

Reading
27
Listening
27
Speaking
24
Writing
26

IELTS recommended score

≥ 8.0

 


Due to circumstances produced by the pandemic, the 2021 admission cycle will waive the GRE requirement for applicants to the Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures (MELC) doctoral program (degree code 667800) and the Middle Eastern Studies' MA program (degree code 668000). However, we are not waiving the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.


 



We encourage prospective students to read our Graduate Admissions FAQ, as many general questions are answered on our website.

 


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