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For purposes of admissions, an international student is defined as "a student who is, or will be, in the United States on a non-immigrant student visa." This specifically refers to the Student (F) and Exchange Visitor (J) Visas. International students admission requirements apply but are not limited to international students on F or J visas.

 International Undergraduate Students:

  • International Application - International Applicants should apply for admission using the ApplyTexas Application (electronic) at at least six months before the anticipated enrollment date and should arrange to have test scores and academic records in the Office of Admission no later than 60 days before the enrollment date. Verification of credentials may also be required. U. T. Permian Basin will issue immigration papers (I-20 or DS2019) for student visas after all admission credentials have been received and approved for admission. For more information contact the International Student Adviser at (432) 552-2605. There is no application fee (subject to change). All international students are considered nonresident students for tuition and other purposes.
  • High School or Secondary School Transcripts - Submit an official record (transcript) of all secondary school work attempted, including subjects taken and grades earned. In addition, an official copy of final examinations taken at the end of the secondary school program, such as school leaving certificates and matriculation exam results should be submitted. If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations must be provided. Each transcript (mark sheet) should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued (i.e. the subjects taken and grades (marks) earned in each subject.) Send these to UTPB Admissions, 4901 E. University, Odessa, TX 79762-0001.
  • College/University Transcripts - Official, certified transcripts of student’s academic record (mark sheets) from universities previously attended must be submitted. Both a copy of the official foreign academic record and an official English translation must be included. Moreover, where university level studies are to be considered for possible undergraduate transfer credit, a syllabus, catalog or similar bulletin must be submitted which describes the courses in sufficient detail for proper evaluation.  If you have less than 24 hours of transferable course work from an accredited college or university, you must provide official transcripts of your secondary school work and meet the freshman admission requirements.
  • Certification of Financial Support – Student must submit a completed and signed Certification of Finances form that provides evidence guaranteeing the student’s ability to pay expenses while enrolled at U. T. Permian Basin. This form must be accompanied by documentation supporting the statement in the form of a current letter from a bank or other reliable institution or from the sponsor’s employer. (Photo static copies of support statements furnished to meet another university’s requirements are not acceptable.) The University has no financial aid available for international students.  Additional support can be from family members, a sponsor or government with supporting documentation and signatures attached to the Certification of Finances Form. For International Undergraduates (Freshmen or Transfers) , the estimated annual expenses for the next academic year (2015-2016) is $31,373 (includes tuition, fees; Room & Board; Books/Supplies; and Living Expenses) and for International Graduate students, the estimated expenses for the academic year (2015-2016) is $24,952.  Print out or view the 2015-2016 Certification of Finances Form
  • English Proficiency - All applicants whose native language is not English, must submit proof of English proficiency
    • TOEFL scores or other evidence of communication skills sufficient for classroom work may be requested if the student's first language is not English or if academic preparation was not in English.  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores must be submitted before admissions will be granted. Minimum score for admission consideration is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based).  Information concerning the TOEFL may be obtained by writing to:  TOEFL,  Box 899, Princeton, NJ 08540.  (The  University of Texas of the Permian Basin institution number:  6914).
    • Or  The Academic Examination of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of a 6.5 or better.  There is no institutional code for UTPB so have your official scores sent to UTPB Admissions, 4901 E University Blvd, Odessa, TX  79762-0001.
    • Or successfully complete 24 semester credit hours of transferable college course work from a regionally accredited U.S. institution to include English 1301 & English 1302 (Freshman Composition I & II) with grades of "C" or higher. 
  • Employment Restrictions - 
    Students on F-1 visas do not normally have employment privileges. Government regulations require international students to certify that they have finances deemed sufficient by the University while pursuing their degree without employment. Thus, international students should not expect to support themselves through employment while attending the University. International students may request permission to seek employment while attending the University after they have completed one academic year of study. See the International Student Advisor
  • Health/Medical Insurance Requirement -   All international students on a non-immigrant visa status attending UT Permian Basin are required by the UT System Board of Regents to have continuous medical insurance policy compliant with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Enrollment in the UT Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is automatic at the time of registration.  The UT Student Health Insurance Plan (UT SHIP) meets the new requirements. Enrollment in UT SHIP is automatic each semester and the insurance premium is automatically charged to your tuition and fee account when you register for classes. No action is required to be enrolled in UT SHIP except to ensure that your contact email and mailing address are always current in MyUTPB. The cost of the insurance for the Spring 2016 semester is $906.00 for the coverage period of January 1, 2016 until May 31, 2016.
  • The UT System has established new criteria by which an international student can request a waiver to the student health insurance plan by providing alternate health insurance coverage. In order to be approved for a waiver, your alternate health coverage must meet or exceed the requirements as set in the System regulation and be PPACA compliant.
  • Please note that you must request a waiver each semester, regardless of showing proof of coverage for the full academic year.  (15 August 2015 through 14 August 2016).

    You may submit your electronic waiver beginning November 2, 2015 12:01am and ending January 29, 2016 11:59pm. You must be admitted to UTPB before you can request an insurance waiver.

    You must meet one of the following criteria to submit a waiver request:

    1. Sponsored Plan (U.S. Government, Foreign Government, Embassy)
      • Must be PPACA compliant with PPACA Essential Minimum Benefits or
      • The sponsor has guaranteed payment of all health care expenses in writing
    2. Student enrolled in the UT System Employee Group Health Plan
    3. Employer-provided or individual plan that is PPACA compliant with PPACA Essential Minimum Benefits
    4. Enrolled exclusively in distance learning programs
    5. Travel plans will not be accepted

    Your alternate health insurance coverage must meet the following minimum requirements in additional to the PPACA.

    1. Unlimited maximum on benefits
    2. No pre-existing condition limitation
    3. $500 or less deductible
    4. Coverage period includes semester dates
    5. Proof of Repatriation expenses in the amount of no less than $25,000.00

    Fall – 8/15/2015 through 12/31/2015

    Spring – 1/1/2016 through 5/31/2016

    Summer – 6/1/2016 through 8/14/2016

    Students considering a waiver of the UT SHIP should review the guidelines below before submitting a waiver.  You must be admitted to UTPB prior to requesting an insurance waiver.

    Criteria must be met to qualify for a waiver:

    1. Sponsored Plan (US Government, Foreign Government, Embassy)
      • Must be PPACA compliant with PPACA Essential Minimum Benefits or
      • Must guarantee payment of all health care expenses in writing
    2. Student enrolled in the UT Employee Group Health Plan (must be PPACA compliant)
    3. Employer-provided or individual plan that is PPACA compliant with PPACA Essential Minimum Benefits
    4. Enrolled exclusively in distance learning programs

     If you meet one of the above criteria, then your alternate health insurance coverage must meet the following minimum requirements:

    1. Unlimited maximum on benefits
    2. No Pre-existing condition limitation
    3. $500 or less deductible
    4. Proof of Repatriation expenses in the amount of no less than $25,000.00
    5. The mandatory coverage period during the following dates: August 1, 2015 to August 14, 2016.

    On-Line Waiver Process
    If you have an alternate health insurance plan and you meet the waiver eligibility criteria, please follow these instructions to apply for the waiver of the AHP University SHIP.  The waiver deadline is January 29, 2016.  You must be admitted to UTPB prior to requesting a waiver.   

    1. Have an electronic copy your insurance card, Policy Benefits Summary, and proof of Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage (if you have this coverage) available.
    2. Go to
    3. Verify you meet the waiver criteria, and if you do, select the “INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS”: click here to submit your waiver request” link at the bottom of the page to continue
    4. On the Login page, enter your MyUTPB ID number
    5. Enter your birth date as the Password (format MMDDYYYY, example 01011990).
    6. Then on the next page, Select the red waiver button from the “NO, I do not want the insurance.” Section.
    7. Complete the waiver form and attach copies of your scanned insurance documents.
    8. Select the ‘Submit Waiver’ button.


  • Vaccination required – All new and returning students, under the age of twenty-two (22), are required to show evidence of having received a Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination or qualified exemption prior to enrolling. The vaccination dose or booster must be during the five-year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of class or moving into on-campus housing (whichever is applicable).   Send evidence of vaccination or qualified exemption to the UTPB Admission Office, 4901 E. University Blvd., Odessa, TX 79762.  Students cannot move into the residence halls or attend classes within ten days of receiving the meningitis vaccination.
  • Full-time Requirement - Holders of F-1 student visas and J-1 sponsored Student Visas must enroll for a full load of study. Undergraduate students – Twelve (12) semester hours is the minimum load. If the student does not plan to enroll during the summer sessions, full-time enrollment should be 15 semester hours. Graduate students – Nine (9) semester hours is the minimum load.
  • International Transfers from U.S. Institutions - Transfer admissions from universities within the United States will be processed only for those students who have completed one full year (24 semester hours) or more of studies. If currently “in-status” under a F or J Visa, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must be notified when an international student transfers from one U. S. institution to another. Once a student is admitted, UTPB will provide a Transfer-In Form that will need to be completed by the previous U.S. institution and submitted to UTPB to release the active Visa information for update. However, if a student is out of status” with USCIS, that student should reinstate him/herself with USCIS prior to enrolling at U. T. Permian Basin. Questions regarding a student’s immediate immigration status must be directed to the international student adviser. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the correct visa and to maintain the appropriate immigration status while in the United States. International students should refer to, carefully read, and make sure the conditions of the visa, noted on the back of Form I-20 or DS2019, are understood before signing the form.


Contact Information

Scott Smiley - Director of Admissions
Phone - 432.552.2605
Toll-Free - 866.552.UTPB
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