Each international applicant is required to submit official records from all academic institutions attended.
Information for International Applicants
Submitting international transcripts
When applying to a UCLA graduate program, each international applicant is required to submit official academic records from all academic institutions attended.
Official records are defined as original documents issued by the institution—not photocopies—which bear the actual signature of the Registrar and the seal of the issuing institution. If you have attended more than one institution, separate official records should be submitted by each institution.
If your academic record cannot be replaced, obtain a properly certified copy (do keep original copies for yourself). Never send a document to UCLA that cannot be replaced; submitted records become the property of the university and cannot be returned.
English Language Requirements
If your first language is not English, you must certify proficiency in English when you apply to UCLA. If you are admitted, you may also be required to confirm your proficiency upon arrival.
Minimum IELTS & TOEFL Scores
Special COVID-19 Notice:
TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition scores will be accepted for the 2021-22 application cycle. Please see below for minimum requirements.
UCLA does not currently accept MyBest TOEFL scores.
Your IELTS Academic overall band score should be at least 7.0. 7.0 is the minimum required.
Your TOEFL score on the paper and pencil test must be at least 560 or at least 87 on the internet-based test. These scores represent the minimum required for applicants to graduate programs at UCLA.
For the internet-based TOEFL (TOEFL iBT), the following are the expected scores for each section:
- Writing: 25
- Speaking: 24
- Reading: 21
- Listening: 17
Please note that these expected section scores help you judge your English language ability in different areas. Your application is not complete without the test scores.
Be sure to list the TOEFL institution code for UCLA 4837.
Ask IELTS to send your scores to your major department and the Graduate Division.
Foreign language ability can fade quickly, so please note that TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for only two years. The scores must be valid at the time you submit your application. If you took the examination multiple times, only the most recent score is considered.
IELTS scores should be sent to your major department and the Graduate Division.
Please note that TOEFL scores are considered valid for only two years. If several scores are submitted, only the most recent is considered.