Harris is home to students from around the globe, and international students have shared unique questions regarding the application process. All interested students can find a complete FAQ here, but below is a round-up of the questions we most commonly receive from interested international students:

Do I have to take the TOEFL/IELTS? 

Please visit the university’s TOELF/IELTS waiver requirements here. If you do not fall within the parameters listed by this policy, you will need to submit an official TOEFL/IELTS score for your application to be considered complete.

My TOEFL score is below the university requirement. Can I still apply with this score? 

While we consider TOEFL/IELTS scores below the requirement, including the total and sub-scores, admitted students with below requirement scores may be subject to a short, immersive English language course before beginning the degree program.

Can my test scores arrive late? 

If you believe that your test score will arrive after the application deadline, please let our office know and we will determine if a short grace period can be provided for the time it will take your score to arrive. Please note that you should apply within the application round that best fits your needs. If your test score does not arrive in the specified grace period after the application deadline, we will roll your application to the next round without penalty.

What are your transcript requirements for foreign credit? 

You will be allowed to submit unofficial transcripts through the electronic application process; however, official transcripts will be required upon admission for enrolling students. Please submit transcripts for all prior academic work from any institution of higher education. Foreign credentials must also be accompanied by an official translation.

Can I submit my foreign credential evaluation (WES) instead of my transcripts? 

Students cannot submit a foreign credential evaluation INSTEAD of their transcripts, but they can submit this information in addition to their transcripts.  

Outside of questions on the application process, we strongly encourage students to visit The Office of International Affairs website. They provide detailed information students on daily life as a student at the University of Chicago as well as information for F and J students at various stages in the enrollment process. If you have additional questions or concerns please email harrisadmissions@uchicago.edu