International Students


Boise State welcomes students from around the world and values the diversity that international students bring to campus. A vibrant international student population translates to a stronger multicultural experience for all students.

Boise State University is located in the state capital of Idaho, a dynamic western city of over 200,000 in a metropolitan area of 587,000. Boise has all the advantages of a big city such as good medical services, entertainment and transportation, without the big-city worries of high crime and pollution. English is the predominant language spoken and the cultural experience is truly American.

There are over 200 programs of study at Boise State University, with both undergraduate and graduate options for international students.

Check out this video about being an International Student at Boise State University.

Who are International Applicants?

A Foreign national who holds, or intends to hold temporary, non-immigrant visa/status in the USA, such as F-1, H-4, L-2, etc. or is a ‘pending’ permanent resident (application for permanent resident status to BCIS is submitted but not yet adjudicated) in the USA is considered International for admissions purposes.

US citizens, US permanent residents, political asylees or refugees are considered domestic applicants for “admission” purposes. Persons who hold dual citizenship with the US and another country should submit a domestic student application.

Application Priority Dates:

The international admissions priority date for the Fall 2014 semester is May 15.  Applications completed after the priority date are considered on a space-available basis.  We recommend that you complete your application by submitting all required application materials as soon as possible, especially if you are applying for scholarships.

  • Spring 2014 semester (January start): October 15
  • Fall 2014 semester (August start): May 15
  • GEM scholarship - December 15 (priority date)
  • International Student Scholarship - April 1
  • August 19: International Students’ First Day of Classes

Boise State has established priority dates for receipt of your admission application materials to allow sufficient time to process immigration paperwork and apply for your visa. To guarantee you will be considered for admission, the International Admissions Office must receive your application and all supporting materials by the priority date. After the priority date, applications will be considered on a space available basis. Graduate degree programs often have earlier deadlines.  Please contact the program you are interested in for further details.

How to Apply for Admission

Undergraduate Students

Transfer Students - in the US on a student visa

(Students currently in the U.S. on an F-1 Student Visa)

Please submit all undergraduate or graduate admission requirements plus the following documents:

  • Copy of your current I-20, visa, and I-94
  • Transfer Form filled out by your current school’s International Student Advisor

Graduate Students

Financial Information and Scholarships

Boise State University offers many scholarships for outstanding first year and transfer students.  The two most common are out-of-state tuition waivers worth approximately $12,000 per year:

GEM Scholarship – Priority Deadline December 15

International Student Tuition Waiver – Deadline April 1

Graduate students can find details on scholarships, graduate assistantships and tuition waivers here.

Cost of Attendance

The following costs are for the 2013-2014 academic year, which is in session from mid-August to mid-May. The costs usually increase between 3-10 percent per academic year. The estimated costs are for the full academic year and are subject to change at any time.


Testing Information

You can get more information and register for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) at, IELTS at www.ielts.orgthe SAT tests online at,  and the ACT at

English Proficiency

Boise State University requires international students to demonstrate English language proficiency for admission.

The following options are available for demonstrating Engish language proficiency, as long as completed within the last two years*:

Undergraduate Graduate Graduate (College of Engineering, College of Business & Economics, Departments of Special Education & Childhood Studies)
TOEFL (paper-based) 500 550 587
TOEFL (internet-based) 61 80 95
IELTS 5.5 6.0 6.5
SAT (Critical Reading section) 450 not applicable not applicable
ACT (English section) 18 not applicable not applicable
English 101 Introduction to College Writing equivalent from a regionally-accredited US institution grade of C- not applicable not applicable
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a regionally-accredited US institution Successful completion Successful completion Successful completion

* You may be exempt from the English proficiency requirement if you are a native English speaker or if English is your first language. Examples of countries where students may be from include (but are not limited to): Australia, the British Caribbean, Canada (English-speaking provinces only), Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Please contact the International Student Admissions Office for further information.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
PO Box 6154
Princeton, NJ 08541-6154 USA

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
100 East Corson Street Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91103 USA

PO Box 451
Iowa City, IA 52243 USA

PO Box 025505
Miami, FL 33102 USA

Note: If you have a TOEFL score of at least 450/46, or an IELTS score of 5.0, you can be granted admission as a language bridge student to Boise State University, but must first enroll in the Intensive English Program.

Intensive English Program
Boise State University has an excellent Intensive English Program designed to help students improve their English skills and succeed in higher education. For more information about this program, please visit the Intensive English Program.

Additional Resources

Use these additional resources during your transition to Boise State University.


EducationUSA centers are the U.S. State Department‘s network of over 400 advising centers in 170 countries designed to assist local students find the appropriate college or university in the United States. Click on the link below to find your center!



Study in the States

Study in the States is a website run by the Department of Homeland Security with helpful tips on how to apply for your student visa and plan for your arrival in the United States.

International Student Services

International Student Services (ISS) provides comprehensive support services to international students in the area of immigration, academics, cross-cultural challenges, and adjusting to life at Boise State University.

Contact Us

Admissions, portraits and group, for Ashlee Chaffee
Ruth Prince
Phone: 208-426-1757
Mailing Address:
International Admissions Office
1910 University Drive
Boise ID 83725-1320 USA