International Students

Admissions Requirements 

Based on your previous academic experiences and future goals, you may qualify for different types of admissions. Requirements and application materials needed may differ based on previous degrees, university admissions and GPA. 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 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: 

Application fee waivers are granted only when you submit an official SAT/ACT fee waiver form.

Step 3: Submit the following documents to TWU:

  • Transcripts, individual annual mark sheets, diplomas, certificates of graduation and English language test scores or exemption form
    • Academic documents not in English must be translated by the issuing university or an established and verifiable translation service provider. The translation must be word-for-word and submitted in addition to official documents in the original language.
    • Emailed, faxed or notarized copies of academic documents and test scores are not accepted
    • English proficiency and GRE scores must be provided electronically by the testing center or the original score report must be presented
    • Academic documents must be originals or copies attested by the issuing university, examining board or government education agency
    • Documents provided directly by an institution and all attested documents submitted become the property of TWU and will not be returned. Documents may be returned if a request with a justifiable reason is enclosed with the documents.

Send certified checks, money orders, fee waivers and application materials to:
TWU Admissions Processing
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, Texas 76204-5649

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

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Page last updated 11:27 AM, October 17, 2018