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International Students

Thomas University enrolls international students in degree programs from across the globe.  We enjoy the diversity they bring to the classroom!

Students are classified as “International” if they meet any of the criteria listed below.  Additional materials are needed for each of the criteria.  Please review this web site carefully to see what is needed in your specific case.

Classification as an International Applicant:

  • Not a U.S. citizen and are not currently in the United States.
  • Not a U.S. citizen and are currently in the United States on an F-1 (student) visa.
  • You are currently in the United States on some other class of visa. Please submit a copy of the visa from your passport.

Deadlines for International Applicants*

  • Fall Semester — June 15
  • Spring Semester — October 1
  • Summer Semester — March 1

* Note: All admission requirements must be met on or before the posted deadline. All international files require more documentation than traditional files.  How much more information depends on your situation. Please review the following categories carefully to see what additional materials are needed. Remember, these materials must be submitted by the stated deadlines.

+International Freshmen

The Admission Committee considers applicants on the basis of their official secondary school record, along with SAT/ACT and TOEFL scores. Applicants for first-year admission (no prior college) should submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • $125 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee (made payable to Thomas University).
  • A signed Statement of Finance form along with documentation of proof of adequate funding from student or sponsor. All financial information must be dated less than one year prior to the first day of classes of the term you intend to begin study.
  • Copy of ACT or SAT scores. A minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 940 is required for admission.
  • Official secondary school transcript including notice of graduation and diploma with accompanying foreign credential review. (See International Transcripts section below.)
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • For non-native speakers of English, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 69 (Internet-based) or  IELTS 6.0.
  • All freshman are required to live in University Housing. Please see the housing application online.

+International Transfer students

Transfer students who have attended an institution outside of the United States must submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • $125 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee (made payable to Thomas University).
  • A signed Statement of Finance form along with documentation of proof of adequate funding from student or sponsor. All financial information must be dated less than one year prior to the first day of classes of the term you intend to begin study.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Foreign transcripts must include an accompanying foreign credential review. (See International Transcripts section below.)  A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for admission.
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • For non-native speakers of English, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam minimum score of 69 (Internet-based) or IELTS of 6.0.

Transfer students who have attended another United States institution must submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • $125 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee (made payable to Thomas University).
  • A signed Statement of Finance form along with documentation of proof of adequate funding from student or sponsor. All financial information must be dated less than one year prior to the first day of classes of the term you intend to begin study.
  • Copy of valid passport and current Visa.
  • For non-native speakers of English, who do not have College transfer credit for Composition I, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam with a minimum score of 69 (Internet-based) or IELTS 6.0.  A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Transfer Release Form from the institution you are currently attending.

+International Graduate Students

Candidates for graduate admission to Thomas University must submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • $125 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee (made payable to Thomas University).
  • A detailed résumé.
  • A personal statement of career and educational objectives (not to exceed two pages).
  • Three professional or academic references.
  • A signed Statement of Finance form along with documentation of proof of adequate funding from student or sponsor. All financial information must be dated less than one year prior to the first day of classes of the term you intend to begin study.
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Any transcript from an institution outside of the United States must be translated into English; translation must be certified for accuracy and accompanied by a professional evaluation. (See International Transcripts section below.)
  • For non-native speakers of English with a conferred bachelor’s degree outside the US, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 69 (Internet-based) or IELTS of 6.0.

+International Transcripts

All foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a professional evaluation (foreign credential review). It is the student’s responsibility to procure this evaluation and to assume financial responsibility for it.The foreign credit evaluation should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the home country and is generally considered to offer at least the equivalent of U.S. higher education credit. In addition, it should include an explanation of the credits, the grading system, and course levels.  A course-by-course evaluation for all post-secondary work is required. The report is not binding to Thomas University and will be considered a recommendation for independent decision of the credit to be given. Please note: It may take 2-6 weeks to obtain a credit evaluation. Because of the importance of this information, Thomas University accepts evaluations from (but does not limit to) the following institutions of proven reliability:

Educational Perspectives
P.O. Box 618056
Chicago, IL 60661-8056
312-421-9300 tel
312-421-9353 fax
info@edperspective.org

InCred International Credential Evaluations
816-595-8390
incred@naia.org
incredevals.org

Foreign Credentials Services of America
1910 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757
1 (877) 553-4285
info@foreigncredentials.org
foreigncredentials.org

AACRAO
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202-293-9161
Fax: 202-872-8857
info@aacrao.org
aacrao.org

World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Telephone: 212-966-6311
E-mail: info@wes.org
wes.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
Telephone: 414-289-3400
ece.org

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
+1 215 222 8454
cgfns.org

CGFNS is the only credential evaluation service provider recognized by all state Boards of Nursing. Thomas University only accepts foreign transcript evaluations for Nursing from CGFNS.

+Issuing an I-20

Please note that a student must be officially accepted to Thomas University before we issue an I-20. In order to process a student’s I-20, we must receive all admission requirements for international students.

  • If you are currently a student at another institution in the United States and have a valid I-20 from that institution, you will need a new I-20 issued by Thomas University.

+Health Insurance

All international students are strongly encouraged to maintain health insurance coverage for the duration of their studies. It is the student’s responsibility to procure this coverage and to assume financial responsibility for it.

The following providers have polices available. You are not required to use these providers:
internationalstudentinsurance.com
isoa.org
ciee.org
inext.com

+Helpful Links for International Students

Questions? Email us at admissions@thomasu.edu.

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