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Thank you for your interest in Texas State University! 

To learn more about Texas State, take a look at our viewbook.

For undergraduate cost of attendance (COA) for the 2017-18 academic year, including room and board rates, please visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship page. For details and definitions of fees, go to the Student Business Services page. Scroll until you find “undergraduate non-resident rates.”

If you are applying as an international graduate student, please visit the Texas State Graduate College website.

Please see our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at the bottom of this page.





Learn about the admissions process, application dates, and English proficiency requirements by clicking on the buttons below.

Applying for International Admission
Click the button to the left for detailed information on admission steps.

International Student Dates*
The priority dates for international applicants are different from those for U.S. citizens.

English Proficiency
All applicants must display proficiency in the English language during the application process.

Cost of Attending
Learn more about the costs of attending, including tuition, fees and living expenses.

Visiting/Non-Degree Students
Programs for those seeking study in the U.S. for one year or less, as part of a formal Study Abroad requirement, or personal enrichment.

International Office
Find International Student support and information about immigration.

*Transfer applicants needing a visa to enter the U.S. should complete all application requirements at least a month before the posted priority date to ensure time to complete the visa process.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is an International Student?

For the purpose of applying for admission, an international student is defined as one who is seeking, or currently holds, an F-1 or J-1 visa. (ALL other non-citizens should fill out the ApplyTexas U.S. Freshman or Transfer application. Please refer to the Freshman and Transfer admission pages and disregard ApplyTexas instructions that state the U.S. application is only for citizens and permanent residents - it is not.)

What are the academic standards for admission?

Freshman applicants who are, or will be, graduates of foreign secondary schools must demonstrate above average academic achievement. Above average academic achievement is demonstrated by means of class rank (i.e. being ranked by your school in the top half of the class) or have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0. Applications must also have an education equivalent to that of a U.S. high school graduate. Freshmen who are, or will be, graduates of a U.S. high school and who have completed at least two years in a U.S. high school must meet the freshman admission requirements established for U.S. citizens. 

Transfer applicants, regardless of whether they attended college at a foreign institution or in the U.S., must meet regular transfer admission requirements.

Some programs at Texas State require that students complete additional requirements, on top of what is needed to earn general admission to the University. These program entry requirements could include having a higher GPA, taking certain courses or participating in an audition process. Admission to Texas State does not guarantee acceptance into these programs.

Can I get my transcripts evaluated, before applying, to know if I am admissible?

No. Your application fee pays for the evaluation, so you must apply for admission and pay the fee in order to have your transcript evaluated. 

Are there English Proficiency Requirements?

Yes. All applicants must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements to help ensure success as a student. If you cannot meet the proficiency standard for regular or conditional admission, you may be interested in applying to the Texas State Intensive English (TSIE) program. For information about TSIE, including a link to its application, please visit the Texas State Intensive English program website. 

Do you accept O-levels for admission?

Completion of only O-levels is not sufficient for university admission. Students must either complete A-levels, or BTECs that would also be acceptable by a university in the United Kingdom in lieu of A-levels. The student must provide proof of the BTEC acceptability. 

Does Texas State offer Conditional Admission?

Yes. For those students who have applied for regular admission, and are otherwise academically qualified for admission, we will offer Conditional Admission to those who do not meet the regular admission standards for English Proficiency but do meet the conditional admission standards. Students who accept conditional admission will be enrolled in the Texas State Intensive English (TSIE) program for a maximum of two academic terms. If they meet regular admission standards by the end of those terms, they will be fully admitted into the degree program of their choice (subject to any Limited Access program restrictions).

In addition, we offer Conditional Admission through a special arrangement with the Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP). Applications for the TIEP Conditional Admission Program are through TIEP.

How do I apply?

View the current admission process. Links within each step will take you to further information. 

Will I get my I-20 with my admission to Texas State University?

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions makes admission decisions based upon a review of your academic record, which includes an assessment of your grade point average (GPA), class content, and test scores. Once admitted, you will need to provide additional information to the International Office, who will provide you with the I-20 you need in order to get a visa or transfer your SEVIS record. (This two-step process allows students who have difficulty meeting the financial requirements for an I-20 on their own to use their admission to get loans or scholarships.) Learn more about the immigration process. 


If you are unable to find an answer in the links above, send your question to our Processing team. Make sure to include the word "international" in the subject line of your e-mail. 

If you have questions about the immigration or visa process, please contact the International Office. They will be the best resource to answer your question(s).

Answer to most non-admission (such as scholarships, tuition rates, and degree programs) can be found by typing the subject into the search box on the Texas State University homepage