International Students

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Effective January 2018, the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic (53 or above) has been added as an approved English proficiency test for international and permanent resident applicants.

Application deadlines for all international students are May 1 for the fall semester; October 1 for the spring semester; and March 1 for any summer session (F-1 visa holders: summer admittance available only for programs that start in the summer). See International Students  for additional preferred application deadlines and admission information.

Applicants are required to submit an English translation of all required admission documents which are not issued in English along with official documents in the original language. The translation must be prepared by the issuing university, an educational government agency or an established translation service. See International Admission Requirements for additional information.

In addition to application forms and official admission documents, all international graduate applicants and permanent residents, must submit one of the following to demonstrate English language proficiency:

The following exceptions also apply to the English language proficiency requirement for admission to the university:

  • Applicants who are citizens of Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda British Virgin Islands, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, British Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, St. Kitts, and Nevis, St. Lucia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales).
  • Applicants who have earned a baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Certain academic programs may require an additional English language proficiency test of all applicants.

For more information on TWU's English language proficiency requirement, see TOEFL Requirements . For more information concerning the Test of English as a Foreign Language, visit the ETS TOEFL website .

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents will be issued the appropriate immigration form required to obtain an F-1 visa after all required admission documents have been received and evaluated in the Office of Admissions Processing  and after an acceptance letter has been issued by the Graduate School. 

Before the I-20 will be issued, accepted applicants seeking an F-1 visa must submit financial statements certifying responsibility for all expenses while attending the University. Applicants must also comply with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations by maintaining full-time student status during the school year (nine or more graduate semester credit hours each semester). Contact the Office of International Education for additional information regarding the issuance of an I-20. 

To determine status for tuition purposes, immigrants and permanent residents must submit proof of status by completing the Residency Questionnaire .

All international students are required to have medical and hospital insurance. (See Student Health Services .)