International Applicants

Students come to Temple from all over the world. In fact, we have students from 130 countries. International students enjoy not only our top-tier academic programs, but also the many cultural experiences on campus and in Philadelphia.

Any individual who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States should apply as an international applicant. No matter where you're from, #YouAreWelcomeHere at Temple University.



Temple University provides four different ways for you to become an international undergraduate student.  Choose the option below that best matches you.

1. Direct Admission

If you meet both academic and language proficiency requirements, you may qualify for direct admission. To meet the language requirement, you must submit one of the following standardized test scores*†:

  • SAT or
  • ACT or
  • IELTS 6.0 or
  • TOEFL 79 or
  • PTE 53

*Certain majors, including those within the Fox School of Business, require higher language test scores.
†Transfer students may be exempt depending on their academic record.

How to apply for Direct Admission

2. Conditional Admission (Access Temple)

If you meet the academic requirements for university admission, but your language test scores are slightly below those required for direct admission, you can receive conditional admission through the Access Temple Program. 

Language Score Requirements

  • TOEFL 65-78 or
  • IELTS 5.5 or
  • PTE 46-52

How to apply for Conditional Admission

3. Provisional Admission (Temple Path)

If you meet the academic requirements for university admission, but have low or no language test scores, you can receive Provisional Admission through our Temple Path Program. 

Language Score Options

  • Scores below the requirement for Conditional Admission, or
  • Not submitting any language test scores

How to apply for Provisional Admission

4. Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

You can attend Temple University’s English Language Program, as a path to undergraduate admissions, prior to applying to Temple University.  

Admission Requirements for the IELP

  • Proof of secondary school/high school degree
  • No language test scores are required

Learn more about the Intensive English Language Program.



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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:

Fall Semester

     Freshman: February 1

     Transfer: June 1

Spring Semester: November 1

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.


Scholarships for International Students

Merit Scholarships

Academic scholarships are awarded to international students with strong academic records and standardized test scores. Merit scholarships range from $2,000 to full tuition (freshmen). To be considered for a merit scholarship, freshman applicants must submit an admissions application and all supporting documents by February 1st. Transfer applicants must submit their documents by June 1st. The availability of funding and the size, quality and characteristics of the overall applicant pool will determine the number and value of academic scholarships offered.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

The #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship at Temple University recognizes promising international students with a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. Temple will select two first-year students to receive an annual, renewable scholarship of $20,000 beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. Learn more


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).



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