International Students

NACES|Test scores|Health Insurance|Tuition|Pre-Arrival


National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

An international student whose credentials cannot be evaluated by the admitting program at PUC may be asked to submit their transcripts or credentials for a course by course evaluation by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You may find qualifying organizations at

Test Scores-TOEFL or IELTS

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International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for Purdue University Graduate School admission.

The Graduate School accepts valid TOEFL scores earned through the paper-based test and Internet-based test.  Institutional TOEFL scores (ITP) are not accepted.  The minimum paper-based test score required for admission is 550. The minimum Internet-based test scores required for admission are the following:

  • Writing 18
  • Speaking 18
  • Listening 14
  • Reading 19
  • Total 77

Note that in addition to required minimum scores for writing, speaking, listening, and reading, the Graduate School also requires a minimum overall score that is higher than the minimums for the four area tests combined. Applicants must meet or exceed each of the five scores (listed above) for admission to the Graduate School. Some graduate programs require higher minimum scores. Please check with your program of interest for additional requirements.

Only official TOEFL scores received directly from Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further information, visit TOEFL score reports are only valid for two years. Purdue University Calumet’s code for the TOEFL application is 1638.

The Graduate School accepts International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test scores in addition to the TOEFL. An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission. For more information, visit

For applicants who do not meet the minimum required scores on the TOEFL or IELTS, Purdue University Calumet offers an English Language Program to acquire proficiency in English: more information on this program can be found on the English Language Program website.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required for International Graduate students.  Health insurance is especially important because of the high cost of medical care in the United States. If you do not have health insurance and become sick or injured while in the US, you may need to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for your medical and hospital care.

International Graduate Students can enroll online for health insurance from International Student Insurance (ISI)Enroll online by using a credit card

The monthly premium rate per student starts at $51.25 per month, depending on age and coverage chosen.

This information must be submitted directly to the Graduate Studies office in Lawshe 242.

If you are an International Graduate student and purchase health insurance from a provider other than International Student Insurance used by PUC, you must submit supporting documents to the Graduate Studies office, and complete an International Student Insurance Waiver Form prior to registration.

International Student Insurance Waiver Form

Please fill out all information on the entire form, and return it to the Graduate Studies Office in Lawshe Hall 242.  Insurance must be maintained throughout the entire academic year. Health Insurance coverage must meet the following requirements:

  1. Period of Coverage Maximum Benefit $250,000
  2. Repatriation of Remains Back to Home Country benefit must be at least $25,000
  3. Medical Evacuation Back to Home Country benefit must be at least $50,000
  4. Medical benefits of at least $150,000 per accident or illness.

*Amounts must be in US Dollars and are the minimal amounts required at the time a waiver request is reviewed at the University.

There is no monetary profit for the University if a student purchases the ISI plan.  The benefit is ensuring that all international students have an adequate health insurance plan and are protected from huge financial burdens.

For detailed instructions on how to provide proof of Health Insurance for International Students, please click on the following link:

Health Insurance Instructions for International Students (PDF)

Failure to provide timely proof of required health insurance will prevent you from future class registration, or may cause you to be unregistered from your current classes.  International Graduate students may not be employed as graduate aides and may not receive fee remission without proof of health insurance.

Proof of health insurance is required for the term of the entire academic year (from August to May, unless you are graduating in December, in which case you will need to provide proof of coverage through your graduation date).

Any questions regarding Health Insurance requirements for International Graduate students, please call the Graduate Studies office at 219-989-2257 or the International Programs Office at 219-989-2502.


For information on Tuition and Fees, please visit:

Financial Aid and Student Accounts Tuition and Fees

International Programs Graduate Tuition and Fees

For information on Pre-arrival Information, please visit:

International Programs Pre-Arrival Information

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