International Students

International (non-immigrant) undergraduate applicants for admission to TCU must demonstrate:

  • High scholastic achievement, with above-average academic performance in their secondary or high school studies and on national examinations, where such examinations are administered. Students transferring from a university or other institution of higher education should have above-average grades in their post-secondary studies. Former TCU international students should refer to the section in this catalog titled Re-enrollment of Former Students.
  • A satisfactory command of English as demonstrated by such examinations as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the SAT, the ACT or another widely recognized test of English proficiency. The minimum TOEFL score accepted for admission of beginning undergraduate students is 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based exam or 80 on the Internet-based exam. Transfer students may demonstrate proficiency by successfully completing English composition and having 24 hours of transferable credit from a US college.

Applicants who have not achieved the required level of English proficiency are encouraged to enroll in TCU's Intensive English Program, which offers 10 sessions each year.

Regardless of the level of English language proficiency, all admitted international students are tested upon arrival at the University and, depending on their test results, may be required to take certain English language credit courses to overcome deficiencies.

Admitted students must eliminate any deficiencies determined by the TCU English Proficiency Exam within the first two full semesters in order to continue their studies at TCU.


Nonimmigrant applicants should request the International Student Application for Undergraduate Admission. The application contains detailed instructions regarding documents that must be submitted and deadlines for application. Admission for summer sessions is considered only for applicants with at least 24 semester hours of higher education in the United States.

When the application is complete, the International Committee on Admissions will evaluate the credentials and send the applicant a letter stating its decision. If admitted, the applicant will be provided information regarding dates of arrival, orientation, testing and additional requirements. Students must submit a health record and provide proof of the availability of funds to cover all educational and living expenses for the duration of their studies at TCU. International orientation is required of all new international students.

Advanced credit may be granted for certain courses considered to be beyond the level of U.S. secondary school courses, provided that the grades are at least average. Results from exams such as the International Baccalaureate, the German Abitur, the British General Certificate of Education (GCE) "A" Levels and other similar national exams can be considered for possible advanced credit.

The University standards and procedures regarding international students are consistent with those expressed in the Admissions Standards and Procedures of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.


Undergraduate applicants in their first two years of higher education and who are less than 21 years of age are required to reside in on-campus housing. Other applicants may apply for housing on campus after being granted admission and may receive a reservation depending on space availability at the time of application.

Additional information can be obtained from:

Office of International Admission
Texas Christian University
TCU Box 297013,
Fort Worth, TX 76129, U.S.A

or by calling 817.257.7871 or sending a fax to 817.257.5256.

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