International Student Information
International students have long played an important role in our graduate program. They currently represent about 16 countries from all over the world and compose approximately of 46% of the total graduate student body in our department.
All students, domestic and international, are guaranteed to receive full financial support through our annual stipend($25,000), program tuition paid in full, and an additional needs-based scholarship for the students and through teaching and research assistantships as long as they are in good standing.
The Provo/Orem area has been ranked as one of the "Best Places to Live in America" based on the quality of health care, low crime rate, economy, housing, education, transportation, weather, leisure activities, and the arts. It provides students a safe and family-oriented environment with an abundance of cultural and recreational attractions. International students are often pleasantly surprised with the remarkably friendly atmosphere at BYU and in the surrounding communities. It is also noteworthy that BYU has an exceptionally large number of students who are fluent in second languages. In fact, 75 percent of our students speak a second language.
We encourage all qualified international students to apply to our graduate programs. Your application will be given personal attention and fair consideration. Please visit http://graduatestudies.byu.edu/ for the online application.
- Applications open on September 1st and must be completed by January 5th. A complete application contains all unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, a statement of intent, a video interview, ecclesiastical endorsement, and application fee ($50) paid in full.
- Hold the equivalent of a 4-year US accredited baccalaureate degree in chemistry or biochemistry (or a closely related field).
- Agree to maintain university standards of personal conduct. Applicants are not required to be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- English proficiency exam scores. We accept E3PT, IELTS, CAE, and TOEFL. More information on these exams can be found here. (This is waived for international students with degrees from universities in the United States and most other English speaking).
- Financial Certification forms (I-1 and I-2). All financial certification forms will be submitted to Graduate Studies by the department after a student is admitted. The applicant may just leave the forms blank.
- All non-English transcripts and degrees must be accompanied by official English translations. More information can be found here.
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
- Take the GRE and have ETS submit the score to BYU (average score of admitted students is 314). GRE must be less than five years old.
- The GRE Subject exam is recommended, but not required.
- Earn an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.0/4.0 (the average for those admitted is 3.4/4.0).