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International

Thomas University welcomes applications from international students. At TU, applicant files are classified as “international” if they meet any of the criteria listed below. Supplemental application materials are needed for each of the following criteria, so review this web site carefully to see what is needed in your specific case.

Classification as an International Applicant:

  • You are not a U.S. citizen and are not currently in the United States.
  • You are 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 1
  • Spring Semester — October 1
  • Summer Semester — February 1

* Note: All admission requirements must be met on or before the posted deadline to be considered for admission at Thomas University. All international files require more documentation than traditional files, but how much more information depends on your situation. We suggest that you review the following categories to see what additional materials are needed in order for us to review your file. Remember, these materials must be submitted by the stated deadlines in order to have a complete file that is ready for review.

+International Freshmen

The Admission Committee considers applicants on the basis of their official secondary school record, along with SAT/ACT/TOEFL scores. Applicants for first-year admission should submit the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • $125 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee (made payable to Thomas University).
  • A signed confidential statement of finances.
  • A signed statement from student’s/sponsor’s bank certifying finances.
  • Official secondary school transcript including notice of graduation and diploma with accompanying foreign credential review. (See International Transcripts section below.)
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage.
  • For non-native speakers of English, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 79 (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 confidential statement of finances.
  • A signed statement from student’s/sponsor’s bank certifying finance.s
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Foreign transcripts must include an accompanying foreign credential review. (See International Transcripts section below.)
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage.
  • For non-native speakers of English, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 79 (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 confidential statement of finances.
  • A signed statement from student’s/sponsor’s bank certifying finances.
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage.
  • For non-native speakers of English, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 79 (Internet-based) or IELTS 6.0
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Foreign transcripts must include an accompanying foreign credential review. (See International Transcripts section below.)
  • Transfer Release Form from the institution you are currently attending.

Admission decisions cannot be made until the application file is complete. You will be notified which documents are missing if your file is incomplete.

+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 from student’s/sponsor’s bank certifying finances.
  • Copy of valid passport.
  • Proof of health insurance coverage.
  • 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, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 79 (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. Because of the importance of this information, Thomas University accepts evaluations (but does not limit to) from the following institutions of proven reliability:
 Incred Evaluations
incredevals.org
Educational Perspectives
134 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60602
312-421-9300 tel
312-421-9353 fax
info@edperspective.org

Foreign Credentials Services of America
1 (877) 553-4285
info@foreigncredentials.org

Josef Silny
7101 SW 102nd Ave
Miami, FL 33173
Telephone: (305) 273-1616
E-mail: info@jsilny.com
www.jsilny.com/html/foreign.htm

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

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

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
+1 215 222 8454
http://www.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.

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, as well as a course-by-course evaluation.

The expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report is recognized worldwide and is likely to be accepted by other academic institutions, employers, and state licensing boards. However, 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.

+Issuing an I-20

Please note that a student must be officially accepted to Thomas University before we can issue an I-20. In order to process a student’s I-20, we must receive:

  • All admission requirements as listed on the international applications (both undergraduate and graduate).
  • If you are currently a student at another institution in the United States and already have an F-1 visa, you will need a new I-20 issued by Thomas University. Therefore, you must submit all admission requirements necessary for transfer students.
  • First semesters tuition charges.

* Please note: We cannot accept faxes or unofficial photocopies of financial letters or bank statements. 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.

+Helpful Links for International Students

+Health Insurance

All international students must maintain a minimum coverage insurance policy for the duration of their studies. It is the student’s responsibility to procure this coverage and to assume financial responsibility for it.

Minimum coverage:

  • Medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness;
  • Repatriation of remains in the amount of $25,000;
  • Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of exchange of student to his or her home country in the amount of $50,000; and
  • Deductibles not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

The following providers have polices for F-Visa, J-Visa, and OPT. You are not required to use these providers:
www.internationalstudentinsurance.com
www.isoa.org

Questions? Email us at admissions@thomasu.edu.

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