Texas A&M University-Kingsville

International Undergraduate Student Admission

A person who is not a citizen or permanent resident alien of the United States is considered an International Student.

To be admitted as an International Student, an applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admission by the published deadline date: (See First Time Freshman or Transfer in the Admission Requirements section for additional requirements.)

General Information: The study year is composed of two semesters of four and one half (4 1/2) months each, beginning in late August (Fall) and January (Spring), plus two (2) summer sessions, beginning in June. Students desiring to enter the university must have all documents listed below in our office before the following deadline dates:

Deadline for Documents Entry Term Requested

  • June 1 Fall (August)
  • October 1 Spring (January)
  • April 1 Summer (June)
  1. Application for Admission on the appropriate official ApplyTexas Application form
    (International Freshman or International Transfer).
  2. Official secondary school transcripts showing subjects, marks received, and graduation date. If you have not yet graduated from secondary school, a transcript showing all completed work may be accepted for early admission. External examination reports should be provided when applicable..
  3. Official transcripts with subjects and marks received from any colleges or universities attended.
  4. Certified, literal translations of all credentials officially issued in any language other than English.
  5. An ACT or SAT is not part of the admission requirement; however, either test may be used for placement purposes in English and math courses as well as a TOEFL alternative (See below.). ACT(Code#4214), SAT(Code#6822) These scores must be received directly from the testing facilities.
  6. TSI (Texas Success Initiative) exams are not part of the admission requirement; however, all undergraduates are required to take one of the tests prior to registration.
  7. 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)
  8. A Letter of Sponsorship is required from the party who will financially support the applicant during pursuit of degree. The letter should certify the sponsor's commitment to pay the educational, living, health, and personal expenses of the applicant until completion of the degree(s). A sponsor may be the student, student's parents or a third party organization. The sponsor's letter must be dated within six months of the first enrollment according to dates listed below on bank statement requirement
  9. A Bank Statement certifying the sponsor to have at least U.S. $29,179.00 (stated in U.S. currency) dated within twelve months (one year) of the first enrollment
  10. Proof of sufficient Medical Insurance Coverage. The University requires each international student to have mandatory health insurance coverage while in the U.S.A. Insurance may be obtained through the International Student Services (ISS) office. For more information contact ISS at Cousins Hall, Room 113A, Kingsville, TX 78363, (361)593-3317. Proof of insurance is required for registration
  11.  International students transferring from another institution in the United States must submit the following additional documents:
  • International Student Status Transfer Form completed by student and DSO of current institution 
    (form located in pdf format on the Apply for Admission webpage)
  • Updated proof of financial support dated within three months or less of the first enrollment at TAMUK
  • Copy of current I-20; copy of student's F1 visa; Copy of I-95 (front & back)
  • For students with dependents: Written notification requesting dependents to be included on I-20

   12.  An application fee of $50.00- this must be a bank money order in U.S. dollars on U.S. banks. It is not refundable. 

NOTE: Upon completion of the application process, successful applicants will be issued an I-20 by the International Student Services Office. Students with an F-1 Student Visa are required to enroll full-time while at Texas A&M-Kingsville University.

Immigration status as an approved student will be granted upon submission and review of the stated documents. An I-20 form will be issued from the International Student Services Office. International students applying for admission are reminded that possession of an I-20 form from this university does not relieve them of the responsibility to comply with United States immigration procedures.

TOEFL Alternatives

The following are considered equivalencies to the TOEFL scores of 61 (iBT)/500 (PBT):

  • SAT* verbal 500; ACT* verbal 21 English; TAKS 2200 English/ 3 writing; TAAS 1770; IELTS 6.0 or above overall band score.
  • TAMUK ELTC completion of program letter with a minimum average of 85% and levels from intermediate to advanced.
  • Completion of the advanced-level Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) offered by the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC).
  • Students who have completed their entire formal education at the secondary or postsecondary level in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Federated States of Micronesia, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (all), Trinidad-Tobago, and Virgin Islands.
  • Students who have earned at least 12 transferrable semester credits AND completed English composition 1 & 2, with grades of C or better in each, in university-level courses from an accredited U.S. college or university, or an institution of higher education in one of the countries listed above, are exempt from TOEFL.  ESL courses will not count as transferrable courses.  No online English courses are accepted for English proficiency.

The following are considered equivalent to the TOEFL scores of 79 (iBT)/550 (PBT):

  • IELTS 6.5 or above overall band score.
  • TAMUK ELTC completion of program letter with a minimum average of 90% and levels from Low Advanced, Advanced Plus or High Advanced.
  • Students who have completed their entire formal education at the secondary or postsecondary level in the following countries are exempt from the TOEFL requirement: American Samoa, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Federated States of Micronesia, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, United Kingdom (all), Trinidad-Tobago, and Virgin Islands.
  • Students who have earned at least 12 transferrable semester credits AND completed English composition 1 & 2, with grades of C or better in each, in university-level courses from an accredited U.S. college or university, or an institution of higher education in one of the countries listed above, are exempt from TOEFL.  ESL courses will not count as transferrable courses.  No online English courses are accepted for English proficiency.

International Student Orientation

New and transfer international students are required to participate in a special orientation session prior to registering for their first semester at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. For more information, please contact Student Activities at (361)593-2760 or Elizabeth Laurence at elizabeth.laurence@tamuk.edu.

When will I hear about my acceptance?

Average time is about two months, if all documents required for admission are submitted at the same time. This includes mail time and the evaluation of documents by the Office of Admission. Students desiring to enter the university must have all documents submitted in a timely manner. Log in to Blue & Gold to check your admission status, after you have submitted an application through ApplyTexas.  If you have specific questions please send an email to admissions@tamuk.edu.

This page was last updated on: March 24, 2014