Temple welcomes you to become an international student.  

Join students from 127 countries and enjoy our top-tier academic programs and the many cultural experiences on Temple’s campus and in Philadelphia.

Apply as an international student if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. No matter where you're from, #YouAreWelcomeHere.

You are a first-year applicant if you are a student still attending secondary school or you have not attempted 15 or more college-level credits. You are a transfer applicant if you have completed secondary school and have attempted at least 15 college-level credits or more.

Before You Apply

Do you want to apply for fall or spring semester entry?

If you are applying for Fall, decide whether to apply:

  • Early Action: Apply by November 1 and you will receive an early response to your application, but you do not have to commit to Temple until the normal reply date of May 1.


  • Regular Decision: Apply before February 1 and receive your response not long after you submit your application. Please see the When to Apply section below for more information. In light of concerns with COVID-19, our application will remain open for first-year candidates.

How to Apply

Step 1: Apply online.

Use the Common Application (a college admission application that applicants may use to apply to any of more than 800 member colleges and universities) to apply.

Step 2: Submit academic documents and testing (optional) to Temple Undergraduate Admissions.

The following documents may be necessary to complete your application. Please review the testing options to determine whether you wish to submit academic testing to support your application.

If your documents are not in English, please provide them in the original language and with an English translation.

How To Submit Documents and Testing

For any applicant submitting official testing, please use the following Temple University School codes or methods.

  • SAT or TOEFL through Educational Testing Services (ETS)—School Code 2906
  • American College Testing (ACT)—School Code 3724
  • IELTS: Simply email your TRF number to internationaldocuments@temple.edu including your full name and TUID

Documents and other testing must be submitted to internationaldocuments@temple.edu by a school official or examining/testing body. Documents sent by mail may delay application processing. The mailing address is below. For information on how documents or testing can be submitted, please contact the International Admissions office.

International Admissions
1938 Liacouras Walk, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States of America

Submitted documents become the property of Temple University and we cannot return them to you. If you prefer, you can retain your originals and submit notarized copies

Step 3: Check the status of your application.

Once you have applied for admission, you will receive a TUportal account username and password. Check your application status by logging in to your TUportal account.

Temple reviews applications and makes admissions decisions soon after applications are complete.

If you are admitted, please follow the Next Steps in your TU Portal to complete your enrollment.

To determine whether you require a student visa, see here

Step 4: Submit proof of graduation

If admitted and after your enrollment deposit has been paid, please arrange for your final high school transcript/proof of graduation to be sent from your school or examining body. If you are not sure what satisfies proof of graduation, please contact the International Admissions Office.

In light of the recent announcements of exam cancellations and the modified assessment and calculation of results for multiple international qualifications (IBO, A levels, French Bac, AP, etc.) due to the impact of COVID-19, Temple will continue to accept these results and the adjusted methods of assessment as determined by the examining body/ministry of education without any negative impact on offers of admission or scholarship.

For those of you who were anticipating advanced credit due to completion of IB, A Level, AP or CLEP courses/subjects, our awarding policy will not change and we will recognize successful completion as determined by the examining body. Please find the advanced credit policy here.

When to Apply​

Most students apply in the fall of their senior year. Temple accepts students based on Early Action and Regular Decision. The sooner you apply, the better. 

Application Deadlines​

Fall Semester
  • First-year student: Feb. 1
    In light of concerns with COVID-19, our application will remain open for first-year candidates.
  • Transfer: June 1

First-Year Tuition and Housing Deposit Deadline for Admitted Students: May 1

Spring Semester
  • First-year student: November 1
  • Transfer: December 1

The Deposit Deadline for Spring First Year Admitted Students: Two weeks after admission


Temple offers several different types of scholarships for international students. To learn more, see Scholarships.

For more information on studying in the United States, visit Education USA.

Conditional Admission and English Language Programs

If you are academically qualified, but do not yet meet the minimum language requirements, you are eligible to be considered for our Conditional Admission program. This alternative admission pathway allows you to obtain a visa to come to Temple as an international student and take intensive English courses through the university’s Center for American Language and Culture. Once you meet the English proficiency requirement, you will automatically receive admission to Temple University.


For any questions about applying as an international student to Temple University, please contact the International Admissions Office at 215-204-4900 or international.admissions@temple.edu.