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International DPT Students

International students are an important part of our Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at UT Southwestern. If you are an international student submitting an application, here are some important tips to remember:

Academic Prerequisites

You’ll need to complete all of the program prerequisites, even if you’ve earned a medical degree in another country.


Submit original transcripts from each college or university attended to PTCAS. Please keep copies of the transcripts.

Transcript Evaluations

An independent evaluation of your transcripts is required if you received your degree from a university outside of the United States. The evaluation should include subject breakdown, semester credit hours, and grade for each undergraduate course. For the transcript evaluation, contact:

World Education Service
P.O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Phone: 212-966-6311

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

If English is not your native language, we need to know that you speak it well enough to perform effectively as a student. Please send your TOEFL scores before the application deadline. We require a minimum score of:

  • 600 on the paper exam
  • 250 on the computer-based exam
  • 100 on the iBT exam

If your TOEFL score is more than two years old, we may ask you to take the test again. Our TOEFL school code is 6686.

Visas and Immigration

UT Southwestern’s International Affairs Office has a host of resources for international students and can provide additional information about visas and immigration.

Licensure for International Students

International students also may need to meet special requirements before they can be licensed as physical therapists in Texas. Check with the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners for more details.