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International Student Admission

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) accepts only the students who have superior records. International students must have an equivalent 4-year Bachelor’s degree with cumulative grade averages of:

  • 3.0 (undergraduate and graduate course work)
  • 14 and 15 on 20 point scale
  • 80.00 from Chinese or Taiwanese institutions
  • 1st Class or Division from Indian institutions
  • Upper 2nd Class Honors on various British systems


1.  A complete application form with the $60 non-refundable processing fee
      (CANNOT BE WAIVED) must be received by UTSI as follows:

For fall entry February 1
For spring entry June 15
For summer entry October 15

The following items must be received before admission will be considered.

2.   Official or attested university records which show the degree awarded, with certified translations if the records are not in English (notarized copies are NOT acceptable). Records must bear signature of Registrar or ascending administrator (sorry, professor or head of department signatures are not acceptable).

3.    Certification of English proficiency. Every student whose native language is not English must submit official scores from either the TOEFL test or the IELTS test taken within the last two years or have received a degree from an accredited U.S. Institution within the past two years. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 550 on the pen and paper test, 213 the computer-based (CBT), or 80 on internet based test (iBT). Minimum acceptable score on the IELTS test is 6.5. All electrical engineering applicants must have the minimum TOEFL score, regardless of undergraduate institution attended. NOTE: OFFICIAL TEST MUST BE SENT DIRECTLY TO UT-KNOXVILLE FROM EDUCATIONAL TESTING SERVICES (ETS) OR THE BRITISH COUNCIL.

4.    GRE is required for Graduate Research Assistantships in all departments. GRE is required for admission to all departments except aviation systems, applied mathematics and physics. The institutional reporting code for UTSI is R1843.

The file must be completed (items 1-4) by the following dates:

For fall entry May 15
For spring entry October 1
For summer entry February 15

The University will not enroll any student who has not been approved initially or for transfer by the Immigration and Naturalization (INS) to attend UTSI.

An international student may not enroll as a probationary or non-degree student.

The same Application for Admission is used for the Knoxville campus as for UTSI, but applicants must indicate which campus they plan to attend.  Applications cannot be reviewed by more than one department simultaneously.  

NOTE: Applicants not awarded an assistantship for the term in which they apply, will be considered for the following two terms without further application.

SECURITY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Tennessee College and University Security Information Act of 1989, The University of Tennessee Institute has prepared a report containing campus security policies and procedures, date on campus crimes and other related information. A free copy of this report may be obtained by a student, employee, or applicant for admission or employment from:

Admissions and Student Affairs, MS 01
UT Space Institute
411 B. H. Goethert Parkway
Tullahoma, TN 37388-9700.

Contact Us

Clara Ferguson
Administrative Coordinator I

Toll Free
1-888-822-UTSI, Ext. 37234