International Student Services and Recruitment

Students from other countries holding a visa other than a permanent resident visa are considered international students. Applicants to Lamar Institute of Technology may be accepted for admission and have a SEVIS I-20 (F-1 visa) or Form DS-2019 (J-1 visa) issued when all requirements have been met. These requirements include:

  1. Filling out an application for admission at www.applytexas.org
  2. Official secondary school, college, or university records (if applicable) translated in English and evaluated for authentication by an evaluation company approved by LIT. Documents that have not been evaluated properly or are photocopies are not acceptable. Both of these documents, foreign documents and translation, must be submitted with the application to the International Admissions Office. The transfer evaluation and document authentication must be completed for all documents in order for the student to be reviewed for admission and/or accepted by LIT. Records must show all subjects taken and grades or marks earned in each, both from the school and on tests given by the Ministry of Education. To evaluate documents, students may select from the following Web sites:
  1. Evidence of sufficient financial support for the current academic year by submitting the International Student Financial Statement. This financial statement must be an original, dated within the past six months, and show funds in United States dollars.
  2. Most international applicants whose first language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) and have official scores issued directly to Lamar University by the testing agency. The Educational Testing Service will not issue official scores that are more than two years old. Exceptions to the language testing requirement are made for (a) students who have completed a degree or high school diploma in an English-speaking country (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa) (b) students who have completed the highest level of English study at either Lamar Language Institute or the Texas International English Program or (c) students who have completed ELS level 112 at any ELS center.  Undergraduate applicants who are required to submit English test scores must have a minimum of 500 on the paper-based TOEFL (61 internet based), 5.0 on the IELTS or 44 on the PTE.
  3. $75 non-refundable application fee.

All international application forms, test scores, financial statements, and complete educational records must be on file in the Admissions Office by the dates indicated:

Fall Semester April 15
Spring Semester September 1
Summer Semester January 15

International students who plan to transfer to Lamar Institute of Technology from another college in the United States must be in compliance with the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service federal regulations. Questions concerning admissions should be addressed by the Admissions Office at (409) 880-8888, or by E-mail: internationaladmissions@lamar.edu. If students have questions related to immigration or their I-20, DS-2019 or submitting an acceptable financial statement they should contact international.recruiter@lamar.edu or call 409-880-8356. Applicants accepted by Lamar Institute of Technology are required to attend a special orientation program for international students. Dates for the program are indicated in the acceptance letter and noted on Form I-20 or Form DS-2019, “Date of Arrival.” The program is designed to facilitate a smooth adjustment to campus. Students whose native language is not English will be tested for English language proficiency upon arrival. On the basis of these test scores, appropriate courses in English may be required.

Applicants accepted by Lamar Institute of Technology are required to attend a special orientation program for international students. Dates for the program are indicated in the acceptance letter.  The program is designed to facilitate a smooth adjustment to campus and includes information on immigration regulations international students must know.  Students whose English writing scores fall below the minimum and their native language is not English will be tested for English language proficiency upon arrival. On the basis of these test scores, appropriate courses in English may be required.

International students must maintain proof of adequate health insurance coverage with the University Student Insurance Program for the duration of their stay in the United States. Students will not be permitted to register without proof of health insurance coverage with the Student Insurance Program. International students who plan to drive an automobile in the State of Texas must have liability insurance. Special application forms and details on the procedure to follow in making application for admission to Lamar Institute of Technology may be found at http://beacardinal.lamar.edu/how-to-apply/international.html.