International Applications

All OTHER application materials can be sent directly to our department:

Graduate Admissions Committee
Indiana University Department of Physics
Swain Hall West, Room 151
727 E. Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
Fax: 812-855-5533

We will process your application only after the online application has been submitted and supporting materials are received. International student applications and supporting documents must be received by the graduate applications office no later than January 1. This is due to stringent document processing deadlines.

If you have questions or need help with the application, contact the liason at or by phone at (617) 729-2866.

Supporting materials

Complete the online application using the eApp system.

A 300-500 word statement of purpose regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting a field of study.

Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your ability to do scholarly work. Letters of recommendation must be submitted through the electronic application. Select three persons who are familiar with your academic abilities and potential and ask each to complete one of the recommendation forms. We suggest that you follow up with your letter writers approximately two weeks after you ask them to write, as admission decisions are often delayed solely due to missing reference letters.

A list stating your teaching, research, and/or industrial experiences; a publications list, if available; and any college or professional honors and awards. Attach a resume and include your name on all attachments.

GRE Requirement Waiver: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indiana University Physics Department is not requiring general GRE or physics GRE subject test scores be submitted with applications for admission for any graduate degree program starting in fall of 2021. To ensure fairness in the admissions process, any GRE scores that are submitted will be removed from the application package prior to review by the admissions committee.

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based IBT TOEFL is required. Our TOEFL institution code is 1324, Dept. Code 76.

Official and complete academic records from each institution attended. You must send one set of your documents in the original language and one set of the documents translated into English.

Application fee of US $70.00. You will pay this fee at the time you submit your online application. No fee waivers are granted.

Evidence of financial support, such as a letter from your bank, if you indicate that you can attend without financial support or with only partial support.

English proficiency

All non-native English speakers who wish to be considered for financial aid of any type must demonstrate sufficient English proficiency by earning a score of at least 80 on the internet-based IBT TOEFL. To be eligible for a teaching assistantship, it is imperative that international students whose native language is not English demonstrate competency in written and spoken English.

Office of International Services

The Office of International Services also provides information on the application process for international graduate students. This advice will assist you greatly in the application process.

Visit the Office of International Services website