International Applicant

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 also 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). No matter where you're from, #YouAreWelcomeHere at Temple University.

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How to Apply


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.

Online Admission Application

Paper Admission Application

Common Application



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. If you prefer to submit your I-20 documents by mail, please use our paper I-20 application. Your I-20 will be processed and mailed to you once you have submitted your tuition deposit.

  1. I-20 Application
  2. Financial Documentation

       Calculate the dollar amount you need to document

       Read about acceptable forms of financial documentation

  1. Copy of your Passport


Please collect the following documents necessary to complete your application:

  1. 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.
  2. Standardized Tests:

    Freshman Applicants: All first-year applicants are required to submit the results of at least one of the following tests: SAT, ACT, TOEFL iBT ®, IELTS, or PTE.

    Transfer Applicants: Transfer students should submit either the TOEFL iBT ®, IELTS, or PTE unless they meet one of the following exemptions: 
              -  The applicant has successfully completed English composition at a US accredited
                 college or university.
              -  English is the applicant's native language.

    The required English Proficiency for non-native speakers is as follows: 
              -  TOEFL: 79 
              -  IELTS: 6.0
              -  PTE: 53

    Please note that certain majors, including those within the Fox School of Business will require a higher level of proficiency, as follows:
             -  TOEFL: 84
             -  IELTS: 6.5
             -  PTE: 56

    Those with language test scores below the required level are still encouraged to apply. Students who need further English language instruction may be eligible for Provisional or Conditional admission offers including the Access Temple Program.


  3. Recommendation LettersAt least one recommendation letter is required of all freshman applicants. It's best to select people such as teachers, counselors, and other academic officials who can describe your talents.  

Once these documents have been submitted, they become property of Temple University and cannot be returned to the student. Students who prefer to retain their original documents may submit notarized copies.

All documents should be mailed to the following address:

International Admissions
1803 North Broad Street, 714 Carnell Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6096


By logging-in to your TUportal account, you can check your application status.


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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: Extended to March 2

     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 SAT or ACT scores. 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. Most scholarships range from $2,000 to $10,000. However, 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 $15,000 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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