Students come to Temple from all over the world. In fact, we have students from more than 100 countries. International students enjoy not only our top-tier academic programs, but the many cultural experiences on campus and in Philadelphia. You’re considered an international student if you hold, or will need to obtain, a non-immigrant visa, including a student visa (F-1), or an exchange visitor visa (J-1).
How to Apply
STEP 1: APPLY ONLINE
The best way to apply is by using Temple’s online application. If you prefer, you may download a paper application (PDF) to submit by mail instead. You can also submit the Common Application (available 8/1 for 2014).
Once you have applied for admission, you will receive a TU Portal Account username and password. If you require a student visa, please log-in to the TU Portal and submit the following documents online so that we can process an I-20 for you as quickly as possible. If you prefer to submit your I-20 documents by mail, please use our paper I-20 application.
- I-20 Application
- Financial Documentation
- Copy of your Passport
STEP 3: MAIL ACADEMIC DOCUMENTS TO TEMPLE ADMISSIONS
Please collect the following documents necessary to complete your application:
- Official high School and or University transcripts with English translations: Your application needs to include all official and original academic records from each secondary school and college or university you’ve attended.
- English proficiency exam scores: If your native language is not English, you’ll need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Our requirements for undergraduate applicants are as follows:
TOEFL paper-based test: 550 minimum
TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 minimum
- Required: Recommendation Letters: At least one recommendation letter is required. It's best to select people such as teachers, counselors, and other academic officials who can describe your talents.
- Optional: Other standardized test scores: SAT or ACT scores are not required but can be helpful in evaluating your academic strengths.
All documents should be mailed to the following address:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions (International)
1801 North Broad Street, Conwell Hall 103
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6096
STEP 4: CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR APPLICATION
By logging-in to your TUportal account, you can check your application status.
HAVE YOU ALREADY BEEN ACCEPTED?
Congratulations! Please follow your Next Steps to Enrollment.
When to apply
Temple accepts students based on rolling admissions, so the sooner you apply, the better. Remember to find out if there are additional requirements for your program, like a portfolio or an audition.
Recommended Application Deadlines:
A freshman applicant is a student still attending your secondary school or has taken fewer than 15 credits at a college or university.
A transfer applicant is a student who has attempted at least 15 credits at a college or university.
*The recommended Fall 2013 Freshman application deadline has been extended from March 1 until April 1.
International Student Scholarships
Scholarship: Academic scholarships are awarded to international students with strong academic records and SAT or ACT and TOEFL/IELTS scores. Find out more about international student scholarships. SATs are not required for students from countries where the exam is not administered.
Definition of an International Student
You’re considered an international student if you hold, or will need to obtain, a non-immigrant visa, including a student visa (F-1), or an exchange visitor visa (J-1).