Explore the application process as an international transfer applicant. 

If you are a transfer applicant, you have completed secondary school or high school and have attempted at least 15 or more college-level credits. Here, you’ll gain more insight into Temple’s application process as an aspiring international transfer student, such as how to apply, application deadlines, cost, aid and scholarship information and more. Please take some time to carefully review the application steps and use the table of contents below to jump to a certain topic or section. 

High school or secondary school graduates who have attempted less than 15 college-level credits should contact one of our transfer admissions counselors to discuss options.

 How to Apply 

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1. Make an application plan.

As a transfer applicant, you need to decide which semester you wish to apply for, either fall (due June 1) or spring (due Nov. 1).

2. Apply using the Common Application.

Temple exclusively uses the Common Application. As a transfer student, be sure to select the correct semester you are applying for, either fall or spring.

There’s a required application fee of $55, which you will submit at the same time as the Common Application unless you qualify for a waiver.

3. Complete your application by sending official documents.

After submitting the Common Application, you’ll also need to provide supporting materials to complete your application to the university.


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.

4. Check the status of your application with TUportal and determine if you need a student visa.

All decisions made regarding your application will be available to you via TUportal. It’s the gateway to the rest of the application process, so make sure to keep your accessnet username and password handy. After submitting your application, you can track its status and learn important next steps in TUportal.

If you’re admitted, you may need to obtain a nonimmigrant student visa—including a student (F-1) or an exchange visitor (J-1) visa—as a next step toward your enrollment at Temple. Learn how to obtain your I-20 or DS-2019 from Temple and apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa.

5. Submit proof of secondary school graduation.

If you are admitted to Temple and you have submitted your enrollment deposit, you must have your secondary school send your final transcript or proof of graduation to Temple.

Need help determining what satisfies proof of graduation? Please contact the International Admissions office.

Advanced Credit Policy

Temple’s generous policy accepts advanced credits as determined by the examining body. If you have successfully completed IB, A Level, AP or CLEP courses/subjects, learn more about our policy.

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 When to Apply 

International applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for each semester. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will receive a decision.

 Costs, Aid and Scholarships 

Temple offers a range of financial support for our international students, from merit scholarships to other awards recognizing high-achieving students, such as the #YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship.

 Conditional Admission Program 

Academically qualified students with low or no language scores may still be accepted to Temple University through our Conditional Admission Program (CAP). This program provides English language classes while orienting students to university life and preparing them for success at Temple University. Students at the highest CAP levels take credit-bearing classes so they can begin working toward their degree even while learning English. Learn more about our Conditional Admission Program for international students.

Learn more about scholarship opportunities for this program.

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 Additional Resources for International Students 

Get more information about how Temple supports international students, and learn more about our global perspective on our Office of International Affairs website.

 Talk to Our Admissions Staff 

We’re here to help you with any questions you may have about Temple and navigating the admissions process. You can now schedule a virtual appointment with an undergraduate admissions representative.