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International Applicant Information


In general, international applicants must have 16 years of formal education, including four years at the university level, to be considered for admission to the Lehigh MS/PhD programs. Applicants should submit official English translations in addition to the credentials in the original language. If credentials do not record the awarding of the degree received, you must submit certified, true copies of your diplomas. If credentials do not show the grading system used by the university, you must also submit a separate official statement from the university that give this information.

International students who can not provide the required documentation will have to supply a Course By Course Evaluation (fees for this service are the responsibility of the applicant). The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, lists a number of accredited evaluation companies that can provide Course by Course Evaluations.

The MSAIA program requires that all education from outside out the United States be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES). Click here for more information on this requirement.

Test of English as a Foreign Language® [TOEFL]

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language®. Please note that the IELTS is not accepted.

An applicant's TOEFL may not be older than 2 years at the time of your application to the program. The Lehigh MS/PhD programs will continue to accept all versions of the TOEFL test as long as the scores come directly from the Educational Testing Service. Scores must be received directly from ETS to be considered official. Lehigh’s institution code number is: 2365, department code 02.

Recommended scores for the three available versions are:

  • Paper-based TOEFL—600
  • Internet-based TOEFL [iBT]— 

Reading 25 25 28 25 25
Listening 20 20 22 24 20
Speaking 24 24 27 24 24
Writing 25 25 28 25 25
Total 94 94 105 98 94

  • Please note: These are minimum scores and do not guarantee admission into a program.
College of Business and Economics Graduate Students currently average 600 on the paper-based TOEFL exam.

If an applicant has completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree or at least 2 years of full-time post-secondary education in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia or Canada, he or she may be exempt from the TOEFL. The applicant is not exempt if the language of instruction is English in a non-English speaking country or if you have lived in an English-speaking country. Information on the TOEFL may be found at Lehigh's institution code number is 2365.

*For the MSAIA program, English language skills are highly important to success in the program and an internet-based TOEFL (IBT) of 105 will improve your prospect of admission. Admitted applicants are typically required to complete the English as a Second Language American Business English (ABE) program before beginning their graduate program.

International students interested in applying for college-awarded financial aid will be required to pass a Lehigh University SPEAK test upon arrival at Lehigh with a score of at least 230. The College will use the new internet-based TOEFL [iBT] as a screening tool for the awarding of financial aid to international students. In order to be considered, you must achieve a speaking section score of 28, and a listening section score of 20. All awards are contingent upon passing the Lehigh SPEAK test. Information on the Lehigh University SPEAK test may be found at

Financial Guarantee

*This does not apply to Ph.D. applicants 

International Students must submit a financial guarantee demonstrating sufficient funds to meet educational expenses for the first year of study. Scanned copies of the bank statement or bank letters are acceptable. This document should be emailed to Marisa Garra-Helffrich at The financial guarantee should be no more than 6 months old. Include a letter of sponsorship if the expenses will be paid by someone other than the student. The minimum amount you must cover to show solvency for immigration documents is $34,820 and includes the following costs:

Tuition [18 credits minimum] (based on 9 credits per semester @ $1,050 per credit; some programs may have a higher tuition rate and amounts will need to be altered. Please see tuition webpage for 2013-14 rates.)
Health Insurance $1,520
Twelve months living expenses $14,400
Total Amount Needed for Financial Guarantee
Please note that $34,820 is the minimum amount you must show for immigration purposes. The student's actual expenses will be greater and does not include the $1,200 estimated for books and supplies, as well as personal and transportation expenses. The financial explanation of costs per program can be seen on the tuition webpage.

Immigration documents will only be issued upon an offer of admission from Lehigh University and verification of your financial guarantee, TOEFL score, and $1,000 deposit has been completed and received. 

Test of Spoken English or Lehigh University SPEAK Test

International students interested in financial aid in the form of assistantships must provide test scores for the Test of Spoken English [TSE], administered by ETS, or a Lehigh University SPEAK score. There is no exception to this requirement.

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