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 U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. No matter where you're from, #YouAreWelcomeHere.
Four Ways to Become a Temple Student
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.*
- IELTS: 6.0
- TOEFL: 79
- 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.
2. Conditional Admission
If you meet the academic requirements for admission to Temple University, but your language test scores are slightly below those required for direct admission, you can receive conditional admission.
Language Score Requirements
You must submit one of the following scores to qualify.
- TOEFL: 65-78
- IELTS: 5.5
- PTE: 46-52
3. Provisional Admission
If you meet the academic requirements for university admission, but have low or no language test scores, you can receive Provisional Admission.
Language Score Options
To qualify for Provisional Admission,
- you may submit the required test scores listed under Conditional Admission; or
- you may choose not to submit language test scores.
4. Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
You can attend Temple University’s Intensive English Language Program as a path to undergraduate admission prior to applying.
- You will need proof of a secondary school or high school degree to attend IELP.
- No language test scores are required.
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.
- Freshman: Feb. 1
- Transfer: June 1
- Nov. 1
Consider yourself a freshman applicant if you are a student still attending secondary school or you have taken fewer than 15 credits at a college or university.
Consider yourself a transfer applicant if you have attempted at least 15 credits at a college or university.
Scholarships for International Students
Temple awards merit scholarships to international students with strong academic records and standardized test scores. These scholarships range from $2,000 to full tuition for freshmen. 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.
Submit your application for admission and all supporting documents by the following deadlines to be considered for a merit scholarship.
- Freshman: February 1
- Transfer: June 1
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.
For more information on studying in the United States, visit Education USA.
Sister City Scholarships
If you come from one of Philadelphia's Sister Cities, Temple University offers merit scholarships of $10,000 to eligible freshman applicants. Learn more about Sister City and how to apply.