International Student Admissions


The College of Education welcomes applicants from around the world. We provide extensive support for our international students who come to Lehigh University to study. Lehigh's Office of International Affairs offers a comprehensive set of services for international students to assist with the transition to campus life. This support includes immigration services, orientation and counseling, cultural programs and English as a Second Language training. Lehigh's Graduate Education & Life office provides valuable resources and supports. As a premier research university, graduate students make up a vital part of our community of scholars at Lehigh. 

Foreign Transcripts

Transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require evaluation. Lehigh University's College of Education accepts transcript evaluations from companies that are current members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. We recommend reviewing the options as the cost and time to completion varies by company.

Please request a course-by-course evaluation converted to U.S. credits and grades and/or translation be sent in a sealed envelope directly from the evaluating service to: Lehigh University, College of Education, Admissions Office, 111 Research Drive, B-306, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

TOEFL or IELTS Scores (DuoLingo is not accepted)

Graduate applicants who are non-native speakers of English are required to take the TOEFL Internet-Based Test or the IELTS test. TOEFL test date must be within the last 2 years. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if: The applicant has graduated from a US institution within the last 2 years. Please contact if you believe you may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver.

The following target scores refer to the minimum scores within the College of Education. 

Reading - 23
Listening - 21
Speaking - 24
Writing - 23
Total score - 91

Writing - 6.5
Speaking - 7.5
Reading - 7.0
Listening - 6.5
Total score - 6.5

Lehigh University school code: 2365

StepUp program

If an applicant's language test scores fall below the requirements but the faculty feel their application is otherwise a good fit for their program, they may opt to offer admission conditional upon the completion of Lehigh University's StepUp program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available only for regular, full-time on-campus graduate students. Teaching assistantships, research assistantships, graduate assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships are academic awards made by individual academic departments. Several graduate assistantships unrelated to a particular area of study can be obtained by applying to administrative offices. International students are also encouraged to apply for funding to outside sponsoring agencies and/or home governments. 

Pre-Arrival Information

The Office of International Students & Scholars has created a new video detailing the pre-arrival checklist and necessary forms needed in order to obtain immigration documents.