International Student Admissions

Application Instructions for International Students

Thank you for your interest in our school. The Pitt School of Education offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for international students. Our students and faculty come from all over the world, and are striving to create educational equity for a global audience. Our alumni live in nearly 90 countries around the world. 

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Admissions Deadlines

Admissions deadlines vary by program at the Pitt School of Education. However, it is important that international students submit their application a minimum of six months prior to the desired start term of the program. 

Admissions Guidelines

International students must follow the admissions procedures outlined on this page. There are additional guidelines for international students, including for transcript verification for institutions outside the United States and the verification of language proficiency. Please review the information on this page and contact our Admissions and Enrollment Services Office with any questions: or 412-648-2230.

Online Application

  1. Applications are submitted through the Pitt Education Online Application Form
  2. There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 (USD) to be paid by credit card
  3. Your online application must include (a.) a Purpose Statement of your career goals and degree objectives that is two-to-three pages double-spaced in length, (b.) your resume or curriculum vita, and (c.) contact information for three academic or professional contacts to later be invited to provide letters of recommendation

Transcript Submission

  1. Official transcripts from every institution previously attended can be sent to us electronically at or mailed to us at "School of Education Admissions and Enrollment Services, 5500 Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260"
  2. Any courses that you took or degrees that you earned from the University of Pittsburgh after 2008 do not need to be sent. Our office can obtain these transcripts internally.
  3. Applicants who have completed the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree at an institution outside of the United States are required to provide official third-party evaluations of those academic credentials. These evaluations must be completed by an accredited organization. We recommend using either World Education Services Inc. or International Education Research Foundation Inc. Please note: the third-party evaluations must come directly from the organization directly to the Pitt School of Education.

Verification of Language Proficiency

  1. Official score reports are required for all applicants whose native language is not English and/or who have not completed an academic degree from a college or university in the United States where the method of instruction is English.
  2. The minimum scores that will be accepted at the University of Pittsburgh are as follows:
    1. ETS for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 on the written test, 213 on the computer-based test, and 80 on the internet-based test
    2. International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) band score of 6.5
  3. The TOEFL Institution code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927 and the department code for "Education" is 85.
  4. IELTS results should be mailed directly to our office at: Admissions and Enrollment Services, 5500 Posvar Hall, 230 South Bouquet Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
  5. Certain programs at the Pitt School of Education may require higher TOEFL/IELTS scores than the university minimum scores listed above. Please check with your specific program's admissions requirements for more information.

Student Visa Documents

  1. The Pitt Office of International Services (OIS) is responsible for issuing your visa document (I-20 or DS-2019). In order to allow for sufficient processing time, you must accept your offer of admission to the Pitt School of Education by the following deadlines: Fall Term (May 1), Spring Term (October 1), and Summer Term (February 1)
  2. Pitt's OIS will contact you directly regarding the student visa process

Additional Info for Applicants to PhD Programs 

  1. Your scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required. The GRE institution code for the University of Pittsburgh is R2927 and the Department Code for "Education" is 3999
  2. Submission of a professional writing sample in the form of a previously completed term paper, master's thesis, article, etc. that does not exceed 20 pages in length. The paper can be uploaded as part of your online application

Additional Info For the Pennsylvania Teacher Certification Program

  1. International students may only apply for the Foreign Language Teacher Certification program as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program