International Students

Admissions Requirements 

You're considered for admission as an international student if you:

  • Hold a visa with a foreign nationality
  • Hold asylum, refugee or temporary protected status
  • Are a pending U.S. permanent resident 

Visit International Education for more information on required immigration documents.

International Undergraduate

First-Year Students

You are considered a first-year student if you:

  • Completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma in your home country
  • Have not earned any post-secondary credit or earned less than 12 transferable credit hours from a regionally accredited university or college
  • Earned at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. GPA for non-U.S. coursework is determined upon completion of the credential evaluation.

See our first-year admissions requirements for more information. 

Or learn more in our First-Year Student Viewbook.

Transfer Students

You are considered a transfer student if you:

  • Have earned over 12 or more transferable college credit hours after high school graduation
  • Earned at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. GPA for non-U.S. coursework is determined upon completion of the credential evaluation.

See our transfer admissions requirements for additional information. 

Or learn more in our Transfer Student Viewbook.

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Almost half of our students transferred to TWU from another college or university.

International Graduate

You are considered a graduate student if you:

  • Earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university

See our graduate admissions requirements and programs, majors & degrees for specific program requirements.

Or learn more in our Graduate Student Viewbook.

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International Application Deadlines


  • Preferred deadline: Feb. 1
  • Final deadline: March 1


  • Preferred deadline: March 1
  • Final deadline: May 1


  • Preferred deadline: July 1
  • Final deadline: Oct. 1


  • Admission to F1 visa holders will be contingent on meeting the immigration deadlines
  • Graduate program deadlines may be earlier than the international application deadline
  • Contact the graduate department of your intended program for requirements and deadline information

F1 and J1 Visa Holders

In order to ensure compliance with requirements set by the Department of Homeland Security certain restrictions apply to applicants that intend to pursue studies on an F or J visa. F and J visa holders:

  • Are not eligible to enroll in certificate or fully online degree programs. The issuance of I-20s for fully online programs is restricted by DHS.
  • Must begin their course of study during the fall or spring term unless the program of study only begins during the summer
  • Must meet the Office of International Education’s immigration deadline
  • Must be able to provide a Certification of Finances upon acceptance to TWU
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Everyone at TWU has been here to support and empower me through the struggles I have faced not only as an International student but adjusting to life in the US, finding my feet and fitting into a community. The diverse community of TWU has shaped my experiences here and given me a place that has quickly become my home.

Laura Hickman; International student, England; Pre-Dental Hygiene, Class of '21

How to Apply

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Almost half of our student body enter as first-generation college students.

Step 1: Apply online at

Step 2: Pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75

The fee, which applies to all applicants (new and returning) can be paid by: 

Step 3: Submit the following documents to TWU:

  • Official transcripts, individual annual mark sheets, diplomas and certificates of graduation
  • First-year student applicants only: Official secondary school transcripts, diplomas, certificates and/or national examination scores confirming completion of higher secondary studies
  • Proof of English language proficiency test scores or exemption form
  • Certified word-for-word translations of documents not issued in English
  • Graduate standardized test scores (if applicable)

Send certified checks, money orders and application materials to:
TWU Office of Admissions Processing 
P.O. Box 425649, 
Denton, TX 76204-5649

or via expedited mail to:
304 Administration Dr., ADM Bldg., Rm 130
Denton, TX 76204 (no Saturday delivery)

International Document Format Requirements

  • English language proficiency and graduate standardized test scores must be sent electronically by the testing center
  • Academic documents must be originals or copies which have been attested by the Registrar, Controller of Exams, the issuing examining board or government education agency
  • Academic documents provided directly by an institution and all attested documents become the property of TWU and will not be returned
    • Original documents you provide that cannot be replaced may be returned if a request is enclosed with the documents. You are responsible for shipping costs.
    • You are encouraged to provide attested copies of documents that cannot be duplicated or replaced as hard copies of documents provided are not stored
  • Academic documents not issued in English must be translated by the issuing university or an established translation service provider
    • Translations must be word-for-word and submitted in addition to the documents in the original language
  • Emailed, faxed and notarized copies of academic documents and test scores are not accepted

TWU is not responsible for documents lost or damaged in delivery.

Foreign credentials are evaluated by TWU Admissions Processing. Copies of TWU evaluations are not provided as they are for the sole purpose of determining admission. Credential evaluations completed by external evaluation service providers are not required.

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