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Below are answers to questions that international students frequently ask before, during and after applying to Temple.
Apply as an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.
If you are able to visit Philadelphia, contact us to arrange a tour. We would love to show you around campus. The Temple University Welcome Center handles all tours of Temple University Main Campus. Come to one of our weekday information sessions or email us to schedule a visit.
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You can request free informational materials about Temple University online.
New Student Orientation is mandatory for all international students and is very beneficial for a successful transition into Temple University. Don’t forget to let us know when you will arrive by reserving your place for Orientation.
Part-time student jobs are listed on Temple's Human Resources site. International student workers may work up to 20 hours per week during the academic semester. Explore additional employment opportunities available to international students.
Temple University offers on-campus housing accommodations to newly admitted students. The deadline for submitting your on-campus housing deposit is May 1. View a full listing and University Housing guide. For students interested in living with peers from other cultures, Temple’s Global Living Learning Community offers options for both first-year and returning students.
The following documents are necessary for completing your application.
Once these documents have been submitted, they become property of Temple University, and we cannot return them to you. If you prefer to retain your original documents, you can submit notarized copies.
Provide documents in your native language, with a version translated into English.
The easiest way to apply to Temple University is to submit an online application through Temple or use the Common Application. If mailing, you may also download the application and send it in by mail. Ensure that you include all required documents when submitting your application. Send completed applications and materials to the following address.
1803 N. Broad St., 714 Carnell Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
The minimum test scores for direct admission into Temple University are*
TOEFL iBT: 79;
IELTS: 6.0; and
The minimum test scores for conditional admission into Temple University are
TOEFL iBT : 65-78;
IELTS: 5.5; and
*NOTE: Certain majors, including those in the Fox School of Business, will require a higher level of proficiency:
IELTS: 6.5; and
Applicants who submit test scores below the minimums listed above or who submit no test scores at all will receive Provisional Admission if they are academically qualified.
Temple retains all credentials submitted to the university and cannot return original documents. If you prefer to retain your official documents, you may submit notarized copies of your originals.
All first-year applicants are required to submit the results of at least one of the following tests for direct admission: SAT, ACT, TOEFL iBT, IELTS or PTE. Transfer students should submit either the TOEFL iBT, IELTS or PTE unless they meet one of the following exemptions: successful completion of English composition classes at a U.S.-accredited college or university or English being the applicant's native language.
Temple University's Information Technology Services department is available to assist all students with any technical problems they might encounter with TUportal. Students can submit a Help Desk ticket online by visiting the TUhelp website or calling 215-204-8000. Walk-ins are welcome to go to the Help Desk office, which is located in the TECH Center in Room 106.
If you are interested in deferring your admission to another semester, submit a new application for the semester in which you want to enroll. Also send official transcripts for any new academic work you've completed since your last application.
Temple University does accept the Common Application. Alternatively, applicants can use the Temple University application when applying.
Once you have submitted all the materials necessary for your application, please allow up to two weeks to receive an admission decision. You can check the status of your application by logging into the TUportal website.
Pathway Programs are available for talented students who meet the academic requirements for admission but need to improve their English language skills.
Academically qualified students who submit no language test scores will receive Provisional Admission to Temple University and will be placed in the Intensive English Language Program
Temple University offers both merit-based scholarships and two #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships for international students.
Merit-based scholarships range from $1,000 to full tuition and do not require a separate scholarship application. If you are selected for a scholarship, you will be notified at the time of acceptance. Merit scholarships are awarded to international students with strong academic records and standardized test scores.
#YouAreWelcomeHere scholarships are annual, renewable scholarship of $20,000 awarded to two first-year international students with a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. A separate scholarship application is needed in addition to the admissions application. Learn more information about these scholarships.
Unfortunately, need-based aid is not available.
Information about Temple University tuition, billing, payments and loan services is available online or by calling 215-204-7269. You can also visit the Bursar’s Office Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bursar’s Office is located at
In order to receive an I-20 form, your sponsor will need to verify approximately $35,000. Learn more about financial documentation.
It is not necessary, but it is a good idea to submit financial documents with your application so we can produce your I-20 as quickly as possible. The necessary financial documents can be submitted through TUportal.
You can pay the deposit using TUpay, which is available under the Welcome tab in TUportal. The deposit deadline for fall applicants is May 1, and the deposit deadline for spring applicants is two weeks after admission.
Students should disclose all countries where they hold citizenship or residency ties. Citizenship has no impact on the chance of admission. It is, however, important to provide full disclosure because the university tracks this information for records purposes, and citizenship or residency status may impact the type of financial aid a student may be able to receive.
Applications for Forms I-20 are submitted online.
Once you have paid your deposit and submitted the required documents, an I-20 will be mailed to you. Allow up to two weeks for delivery from the time we receive the required documents for mailing.
If you are currently studying in the U.S. with non-immigrant student status, ask your current school to transfer your SEVIS record to Temple. Note that SEVIS records cannot be transferred to Temple until you have been officially accepted into the university. Learn more about transferring to Temple from another U.S.-based institution.
SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is a result of the 1996 Immigration Act, which mandated that a fee should be charged to all new F-1 and J-1 visa holders in order to fund the federal student and scholar database.
There are only two mandatory student health requirements for certain groups of students. If you will be living in the residence halls, you are required to have the meningitis vaccine. The vaccine can be declined, but you will have to complete an online certification form. The second mandatory requirement is for students who are citizens of countries with a high rate of tuberculosis, including China. These students are required to be screened for tuberculosis.
Students who are required to have the tuberculosis screening will receive information in early September, and that testing must be done by Student Health Services. We do recommend other immunizations, but they are not required.
For your safety, Temple University requires all international students with non-immigrant student (F1 or J1) status to maintain health insurance that meets the minimum standard as determined by the U.S. Department of State. In addition, the U.S. Department of State requires that all individuals in Exchange Visitor (J-1) status also meet the minimum insurance requirement. Requirements and forms are available online.
The U.S. government allows international students to enter the country as early as 30 days before the program start date indicated on your I-20/DS 2019.
We will provide transportation from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) to Temple University between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on a designated date each semester. For more information, see Admitted International Students.
Temple University’s International Student and Scholars Services (ISSS) is the best place to get help with complicated immigration issues. For additional information about immigration services in the United States, visit the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services website.
The best way to apply for your student visa is to contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country. If you have additional questions, just ask us and we’ll find an answer for you.
Temple University advises you to submit your application for an I-20 at the same time you submit your application for admission into Temple University. Once you submit your deposit and all required documents, an I-20 will be mailed to you. For those transferring an I-20 from another school, I-20s will be issued after your previous school releases your SEVIS record to Temple University.
Temple University does not require your transcripts to be reviewed by an evaluation institution. You are more than welcome to submit evaluations, but it is still necessary to submit the original transcripts. Temple University performs its own evaluations.
In most cases, Temple University will not require you to submit course descriptions during the application process; however, they are helpful in determining the number of transfer credits that Temple University will accept. In some cases, if the transcript is unclear, an admissions counselor may contact you to request course descriptions and/or syllabi.
Transfer credit evaluations are completed after a student has been accepted; allow two to three weeks from the time you receive your admission decision. If you have a specific question or concern about your credits, tell us and we’ll put you in contact with a transfer counselor.