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Office of Admissions

International Undergraduate First Time In College Students

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

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.

To be admitted as an International Student, an applicant must submit the following information to the Office of Admission by the published deadline date.

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 Requested Documents By Entry Term 

  • June 1st Fall (August)
  • October 1st Spring (January)
  • April 1st Summer (June)
  1. Application for Admission on the appropriate official ApplyTexas Application form
    (International Freshman or International Transfer). The ApplyTexas application is available online at ApplyTexas.org.
  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 alternatives. ACT (Code#4214), SAT (Code#6822) These scores must be received directly from the testing facilities.
    • Note: To be admitted as an entering freshman to the Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville students are required to have a minimum composite score of 21 on the ACT (with a minimum mathematics score of 22), a 970 on the old SAT (with a minimum mathematics score of 530) or a 1050 on the new SAT (with a minimum math score of 560). Applicants whose test scores fall below the minimum scores for full admission to the College of Engineering but have an 18 or above on the ACT (with a mathematics score of 19 or above), an 810 or above on the old SAT (with a mathematics score of 500 or above) or an 890 on the new SAT (with a minimum math score of 530) will be admitted to the Pre-Engineering (PPEN) program in order to complete preparatory coursework. Students who submit ACT or SAT test scores but do not meet either of these requirements will be admitted to the Alternate Pre-Engineering (APEN) program.

  6. Texas Success Initiative (TSI) 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) See a list of TOEFL alternatives.
  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. $31,655.00 (stated in U.S. currency) dated within twelve months (one year) of the first enrollment
  10. 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

   11. An application fee of $75.00.  Applicants can pay on Apply Texas or submit a bank money order in U.S. dollars on U.S. banks or use this website to make the payment: https://moneyconnect.tamuk.edu/C20209_tsa/web/login.jsp once the student is given their applicant ID (K#). The application fee 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 University-Kingsville.

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.