International Student Admission

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For admission purposes, Texas Woman’s University defines an “international applicant” as a foreign national who is or will be studying at a U.S. institution on a non-immigrant visa. These applicants must complete the international application. This includes applicants who hold a non-immigrant visa/status and attend high school in the U.S.

International students admitted to Texas Woman’s University usually do so in a F-1  visa status. It is, however, possible to enter the U.S. on other non-immigrant visas. For questions regarding immigration status, please contact the Office of International Education .

International Application Credentials

International applicants should submit all of the following to:

TWU Office of Admissions Processing
P. O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649

  1. A completed International Undergraduate Application for Admission. The application can be found at ApplyTexas . See International Students for additional preferred application deadlines and admission information.
  2. A $75 international application fee. This non-refundable fee must be paid by check, money order, or credit card in American currency. Certified checks and money orders should be made payable to TWU and drawn on a U.S. Bank. Certified checks and money orders must include the applicants full name, application ID number, and date of birth. Acceptable credit cards include MasterCard, Discover, AMEX or Visa. Cash payments may only be made in person at the Bursar’s Office.
  3. Official copies of all transcripts/mark sheets of previous college or university course work, or secondary school semester credit hours, diplomas, certificates, and/or national examination scores as given in student’s country. Please see chart below for specific secondary requirements. Unofficial copies are not acceptable. See International Admission Requirements for additional requirements.
  4. Transcripts from foreign institutions may be returned to the applicant if a written request is submitted with the documents.  Applicant is responsible for the cost of return delivery.
  5. TOEFL (iBT) test score of 79 or higher, IELTS overall band score of 6.5 or higher, or TOEFL Exemption form .

Criteria for Undergraduate International Students Admission

Undergraduate applicants may be admitted if the following criteria are met:

  1. All international first-year applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma based upon a combined elementary and secondary pattern of 12 years with the equivalent of a 2.0 GPA based on a 4.0 grading scale (“C” average). First-year applicants who have the General Secondary Education Certificate, the West African School Certificate, or the Kenya Certificate of Education must present a minimum of 5 passes at grade “C” or higher. If an applicant has completed the GCE ‘A’ Levels, the applicant must submit official score reports. The table below presents minimum equivalents to a U.S. high school education. Transcripts or other academic records must be presented according to the following criteria:
    • Official transcripts or original mark sheets must bear the official seal and/or original signatures of school registrar from the issuing school. Photocopies or copies attested by non-school authorities will not be accepted.
    • Certificates issued by regional or national examining boards (GCE, GCSE, SSC, HSSC, WASC, WAEC, KCSE, CXC, HKCE, School Leaving or other appropriate matriculation certificates) must be official certificates.
    • Official English translations must accompany official academic documents not prepared in English.
    • When an original document or certificate cannot be duplicated according to the secondary school, university or examining board policy applicants are encouraged to provide attested copies of any academic credential that can not be replaced. Attestations must be made by the examining board/officer or designated school officials of the school attended. Copies attested by notary officials, translators, or other government posts are not acceptable substitutes.
  2. International transfer applicants seeking admission to TWU must submit official transcripts/mark sheets from all colleges/universities attended in the U.S. and abroad. Transfer applicants with fewer than 12 semester credit hours of college level work must also submit secondary school (high school) records. The minimum grade point average for admission to TWU is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, a “C” average.
    • The Admissions Processing Office will transfer all eligible courses; the TWU academic advisor will determine how these courses will be applied to the TWU degree.
    • English courses completed at institutions outside of the U.S. are not transferable to TWU. Consideration may be given after consultation with an academic advisor and approval has been determined by the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
  3. All international students (first-year, transfer, post baccalaureate) must present an acceptable Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or higher on the internet-based test, or a 6.5 overall band score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.
    • The following exceptions apply to the TOEFL requirements for undergraduate applicants:
    1. Applicants who have earned a diploma from an accredited U.S. high school or a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
    2. Applicants who have completed at least ENG 1013 or ENG 1023 (Freshman Composition) with a grade of “C” or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university.
    3. Applicants who have successfully completed Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC’s) advanced-level program.
    4. Applicants who have completed the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) program at the University of North Texas or the University of Houston.
    5. 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, United Kingdom (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales).
    6. Applicants who have the following test and scores:
      Tests Score

      CAE (Cambridge English: Advanced) - B or Higher
      CPE (Cambridge English: Proficiency) - C or Higher
      MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) - overall score of 80

Applicants applying for an F-1 student visa will be issued an I-20 (form required to obtain a visa) after the student has been admitted to TWU. F-1 students transferring from U.S. colleges or universities must submit a Transfer Clearance form to the Office of International Education. Documents required for immigration (financial statement, passport, etc.) must be submitted and approved by the Office of International Education before an I-20 will be issued. For more information, refer to the Office of International Education website.

International Secondary Diploma Equivalencies

Country Secondary Certificate or Diploma
AustraliaHigher School Certificate, Senior Certificate, Senior Secondary Studies Certificate, Victorian Certificate of Education plus Statement of Results A and B, School Leaver Statement and Year 12 Certificate of Achievement
BahrainGeneral Secondary Education Certificate (minimum of 5 "C" grades or higher)
BangladeshIntermediate Certificate or Higher Secondary Certificate
CanadaManitoba High School Diploma, Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma, Honours Graduate Diploma, Secondary School Diploma, Quebec Senior High School Leaving Certificate Grade 12, Certificate of Graduation
CaribbeanGeneral Certificate of Education "O" Level, Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Secondary Examination Certificate
ChinaSenior Middle School Diploma
Egypt General Secondary Education Certification
EthiopiaEthiopian School Leaving Certificate, Ethiopian Higher Education Entrance Exam
FranceDiploma de Bachelier de l'Enseignment du Second Degre (Baccalaureat)
GermanyReifezeugnis or Zeugnis der Reife (Abitur)
GhanaWest African School Certificate
GreeceApolytirio Eniaiou Lykeiou (Upper Secondary School Certificate)
GuatemalaBachiller, Certificado General de Estudios
Hong KongHong Kong Certificate of Education
IndiaHigher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC), Senior Secondary Certificate, Pre-University Certificate, Pre-Degree Certificate
IndonesiaSurat Tanda Tanat Belajar (STTB) or Sekolah Menengah Unum Tingkat Atas (SMA)
IranSixth Year Secondary Certificate
ItalyDiploma di Maturita
Ivory CoastDiplome de Bachelier de '1Enseigneent du Second Degre
JapanUpper Secondary School Leaving Certificate - academic or vocational (Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho)
JordanGeneral Secondary Education Certificate
KenyaKenya Certificate of Education (KCSE)
KoreaGraduation Certificate from Secondary/Senior Middle School
KuwaitGeneral Secondary Education Certificate, 30 Admission Information
Latin AmericaBachillerato or bachiller
LebanonBaccalaureate Part II (awarded until 1987), Baccalaureate Libanaise (Lebanese Baccalaureate) (awarded since 1990)
MalaysiaMalaysian Certificate of Education
MexicoCertificado de Bachillerato (Baccalaureate Certificate), Certifiado de Bachillerato Tecnologico (Technological Baccalaureate Certificate), Titulo de Bachiller (Title of Baccalaureate), Certificado de Preparatoria. Awarded upon completion of 3 years of upper secondary.
NigeriaWest African School Certificate
NorwayExamen Artium Certificate
PakistanIntermediate or Higher Secondary Certificate
PeruCertificado de Education Secudaria Comun Completa (plus 1-2 years curso Preparatario)
PhilippinesHigh School Graduation Diploma (10 years), plus Associate Degree (2 years at university-level)
RussiaCertificate of Secondary Education (attestat zrelosti) (11 year minimum)
Saudi ArabiaGeneral Secondary Education Certificate
SingaporeSingapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education "A" Levels (GCE "O" Levels must also be submitted)
SpainTitulo de Bachiller
Sri LankaSri Lanka General Certificate of Education "A" Level
SwedenMatriculation Certificate (Avgansbetyg)
TaiwanSenior High School Diploma, or Junior Middle School Diploma with 5 year Junior College Diploma
ThailandCertificate of Secondary Education (Matayom VI)
TurkeyLise Diplomasi, {General Secondary School (Lycum Diploma)}
United KingdomGeneral Certificate of Education "O" Levels, General Certificate of Secondary Education "O" Level
VenezuelaBachillerato en Ciencias or en Humandidades
VietnamBang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong (Senior high school certificate)
YugoslaviaPrior to 1980 - Matura. Since 1980 - Secondary School Leaving Diploma
ZimbabweAdvanced and Ordinary level General Certificate of Education Examining Board Certificates