International Admission Requirements

International Freshman Admission

Undergraduate applicants who have no previous work at the postsecondary level must have at least a 2.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) from a secondary school and must also meet the criteria for admission to a postsecondary school in the applicant’s home country.

International Transfer Admission

Undergraduate applicants who have attended a postsecondary level institution and have completed less than 12 transferable semester credits at an accredited/recognized institution must satisfy the following criteria:

1. meet or exceed the freshman admission requirements listed above and

2. post a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all post-secondary work attempted.

Undergraduate applicants who have attended a postsecondary level institution and have completed 12 or more transferable semester credits at an accredited/recognized institution must satisfy the following criteria:

1. post a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for all post-secondary work attempted and

2. be in good standing with the college or university last attended.

Transfer students who do not meet published admission criteria do not qualify for automatic admission to Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK). Transfer students in this category who wish to receive further review must contact the dean of their academic college for consideration. If their academic dean recommends admission, students will be admitted with an academic status of Scholastic Probation and must maintain a 2.0 grade point average during their first semester of enrollment at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Failure to maintain a 2.0 grade point average during the first term of enrollment will result in dismissal from the institution.

International Visiting Student

A Visiting Student (formerly known as a Transient Student) is a student seeking admission to classes for only one semester with plans to continue their studies at another institution.

To be considered for Visiting Student admission, international applicants must submit the following items:

  1. A completed Application for Admission, including the $25 application fee. The ApplyTexas Transient Application is available online at https://www.applytexas.org.
  2. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 61 (Internet-based) or 500 (Paper-based) is the university minimum requirement. A higher score of 79/550 is required for all applicants to programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment. Residual (Institutional) TOEFL exams taken at another institution will not be accepted. TOEFL (Code#6822) For a list of TOEFL alternatives, please click here.
  3. Official transcript from the most recent institution attended, in English and the native language of the country in which it was issued.  This transcript must indicate that the student is in Good Standing.
  4. Once admitted, Visiting Students will coordinate with the OISSS for the appropriate immigration paperwork.

Visiting Students are admitted for one semester only.  If a Visiting Student wishes to pursue a degree at TAMUK, they must follow the appropriate admission application procedures.  Please refer to the appropriate section above for this information.

International Exchange Student

Before applying as an Exchange Student at TAMUK, you must check with our Office of International Student & Scholar Services (OISSS).  

International Exchange student applicants are required to submit the following items for admission purposes:

  1. A completed Application for Admission, including the $50 application fee. The ApplyTexas International  Transfer Application is available online at https://www.applytexas.org.
  2. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 61 (Internet-based) or 500 (Paper-based) is the university minimum requirement. A higher score of 79/550 is required for all applicants to programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering. This score must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Services (ETS) and dated within two (2) years of enrollment. Residual (Institutional) TOEFL exams taken at another institution will not be accepted. TOEFL(Code#6822) For a list of TOEFL alternatives, please click here.
  3. Official transcript from the most recent institution attended, in English and the native language of the country in which it was issued.
  4. Once admitted, Exchange Students will coordinate with the OISSS for the appropriate immigration paperwork.

Exchange Students are admitted for one year only, or for the length of time approved through the official Exchange Agreement.  If an Exchange Student wishes to pursue a degree at TAMUK, they must follow the appropriate admission application procedures.  Please refer to the appropriate section above for this information.