International Admissions

International Undergraduate Admissions

Applying for Admission

International students must submit their application via ApplyTexas and must answer all questions on the application accurately and completely. If the university grants a student admission on the basis of incorrect information or omitted facts, which, if known, would invalidate the applicant’s eligibility, that student’s admission is invalid. The completed application, additional forms, official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities, and official transcripts showing high-school graduation, and supporting documents constitute the basis upon which authorities determine eligibility for admission.

A student should submit an international application for admission if he/she is:

  • not a U.S. citizen or
  • not a permanent resident of the U.S.

Application Fee

  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • If paying by check or money order, make payable to Texas A&M University – Texarkana; include the student’s full name, application term, and ID number

Academic Requirements

Texas A&M University - Texarkana requires that international applicants show proof of successful completion of a course of study equivalent to that required of a U.S. citizen.

International transcripts must be evaluated by an independent credential evaluation agency before we consider you for admission to the university.  All transcripts should be evaluated course by course and semester by semester.  For Graduate Admissions, the bachelor degree earned at a foreign institution must be equivalent to an accredited U.S. institution four year degree.  

Language Proficiency

International applicants must be adequately proficient in English to be considered admissible to the university.  The following satisfy the university's language proficiency requirement:

  • A minimum TOEFL Score of 79iBT, 550 paper-based, 213 computer based or;
  • A minimum SAT Critical Reading (Verbal) Score of 500, or;
  • A minimum ACT English Score of 19, or;
  • A minimum IELTS Score of 6.0 overall band, or; 
  • Completed ENG 1301 & ENG 1302 at a U.S. institution with a grade of "C" or better, or;
  • Completed all Four Years in high school within the U.S., or;
  • Transferred in with at least 48 credit hours from an English speaking country, or;
  • Have citizenship in: Australia, American Somoa, Belize, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, New Zealand, The British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Ireland, Antigua, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Trinidad/Tobago, Scotland, South Africa, St. Lucia, Wales, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada (excluding French speaking Quebec), Switzerland. 

International students must complete the admission requirements at least 60 days prior to the beginning of class. 

Foreign Credential Evaluation

Students applying for International Admissions will be required to obtain a Foreign Credential Evaluation.  The following are agencies in which Texas A&M University-Texarkana will accept Foreign Credential Evaluations.  Transfer applicants should have their college or university transcripts evaluated course by course.  For freshmen applicants, high school transcripts need only be evaluated to determine U.S. high school equivalency.

Summary of Documents Required for Admission

  • Application for admission ONLINE at www.applytexas.org
    • Priority Deadlines:
      • Fall - February 1st
      • Spring - October 1st
      • Summer - March 1st
  • ​​Official Transcript Credit Evaluation Report(s)
  • Proof of Language Proficiency
  • Test Scores (ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, MAT, CLEP, etc)
  • Bacterial Meningitis for students under age 22.  You may qualify for an exemption.
  • Proof of Health Insurance submitted to the Office of Student Life - Plans and waivers are processed through Academic Health Plans.

Documentation needed to getting your 1-20 Documentation and F-1 Visa

Getting an F-1 Visa (all submitted to the Office of Student Life)

  1. Must be accepted to the university in an official degree program for a full course of study
  2. Personal financial documents showing the ability to pay for one year of academic enrollment or a Sponsor's Statement signed by someone who will support the student for a minimum cost of attendance for one academic year.  Sponsor statements cannot be signed by a spouse or another student and should be based on current financial information.
    1. Support for the 2016-2017 academic year is $26, 670 for Undergraduate students and $22, 420 for Graduate students. All financial documents and amounts need to be expressed in US Dollars and translated into English
  3. Provide a copy of your passport
  4. Submit and allow for time to receive all documents to the Office of Student Life 45 days before the first class day of the semester.
  5. International Students should not make plans to depart for Texarkana until the acceptance letter and supporting documentation (i.e I-20) have been received.  

I-20 Documentation (all submitted to the Office of Student Life)

  • Affidavit of Support
  • Notarized Sponsor Statement

Contact the Director of Student Life or visit the International Student website for additional information.

Note:  Graduate-studies, degree-seeking students must submit additional paperwork to the Graduate Studies Office for program admission.  Students may find additional information on the Graduate Studies website.

Freshmen International Admission Requirements

Automatic Admissions

Students that meet one of the following criteria will be automatically admitted into the university:

  • Top 10% -  ranks in the *top 10% of the graduating class with no minimum SAT/ACT Score
  • Top 25% - rank in the top 25% (quarter) of the graduating class with no minimum SAT/ACT Score
  • 22 or higher ACT Composite score
  • 1020 or higher SAT Composite score
  • 3.4 GPA or higher - unweighted cumulative

Students must submit all required documents to complete their admissions file.

*Student must have graduated in on of the two school years preceding the academic year for which they are applying

Full Admission

Students that meet one of the following criteria will be given full admission into the university:

  • 3.0-3.9 GPA    AND   900 **SAT Combined Critical Reading + Math score - OR -  19 ACT Composite score
  • 2.5-2.99 GPA  AND   940 **SAT Combined Critical Reading + Math score - OR - 20 ACT Composite score
  • 2.0-2.49 GPA  AND   980 **SAT Combined Critical Reading + Math score - OR - 21 ACT Composite score

**SAT is the TOTAL of the Critical Reading and Math section combined.

Transfer International Admission Requirements

In order for a transfer student to be considered for admission at Texas A&M University - Texarkana must meet the following admission requirements:

  • 30 or more transferable credit hours and;
  • 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher.

If both of the above criteria are not met, the student will be denied admissions to the university.

Intensive English Program (IEP)

Our Mission

The mission of the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Intensive English Program (IEP) is aligned with the university’s mission, which is to provide "students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, abilities, and skills to become leaders in their chosen profession and to prepare for the opportunities of serving in a global environment."  IEP seeks to provide global, international experiences for A&M -Texarkana students and faculty as reflected in its mission. For  international students and scholars, the program seeks to offer academically challenging, engaging, and rewarding educational experiences by offering quality English as  a Second Language(ESL) teaching and student support services. Through personal attention, our IEP administration and faculty strive to assist participant students in developing linguistic, academic, and professional skills, which will aid in their acquisition of the cultural adaptation skills necessary to function and succeed in a global society in which English is the primary language of communication.

Program Description

The Intensive English Program (IEP) prepares international students for success in academic programs or professional careers by offering academically challenging, engaging, and rewarding educational experiences and student support services. It offers opportunities for studying in small group environment with access to all campus resources. The program focuses on developing the English language domains necessary for effective written and oral communication and critical reading and listening. It also targets the mastery of study and research skills, as well as proficient intercultural communication, required for optimal second language development.

Program Highlights

  • Length of Study: 8 week-terms during the summer, fall (2 terms) and spring (2 terms) and 16 week-terms in the fall and in the spring semester.
  • Proficiency levels: Beginning to advanced levels focusing on developing fundamental English skills and college preparatory targeting the development of English language skills required for admission to regular degree programs. Students are placed into levels based on their placement test scores.
  • Small classes with highly qualified faculty provide instruction 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday, tutoring, and personalized academic support.
  • College preparatory courses: Academic Reading, Academic Writing and Advanced Grammar, Research Skills and Research Paper Writing.
  • Individual tutoring and language lab activities in the afternoons. Students must make appointment with the tutors at the Success Center.
  • 24-hour access to language software and laboratory activities in the afternoon. These services have to be access through the library website (students must log on when accessing these services out of campus).
  • Access to all university facilities and academic and student support services (wireless internet and computers, gym and recreational sports, library, clubs, campus and dorm amenities and recreation).
  • Welcome reception and student participation in cultural and recreational activities and one trip (Dallas or Shreveport) (fees apply). Student participation in the host family program. This service is optional and is not a home stay program. (Please talk to the IEP coordinator to complete the host family request for participation in the host family).
  • Life on campus at Bringle Lake Village to allow students the opportunity to experience college life and participation in the host family program to offer them an opportunity to experience American family life.

CLASS CALENDAR

Monday-Friday

8:00-9:15am        Communications (all levels)

9:30-10:45am      Reading and Vocabulary (all levels)

11:00-12:15pm    Grammar and Writing (all levels)

2:00-3:15pm        Test taking and study skills, study groups and tutoring

Student participate in cultural and campus academic activities and field trips as available.

2016-2017 PROGRAM COST

Application Fee: $50

Tuition: $1,375 for the 8-week program and 5-week intensive; $2,575 for the 16 week-program (full term)

Books: $200 for the 8-week program and 5-week intensive; $300 for the 16 week-program (full term)

Insurance: All students will be automatically registered to the Texas A&M System insurance. A charge of $947  per semester is made to the student account upon arrival to campus.

**Installment plan (4 installments) is available for the 16 week term (excludes the insurance premium)

**Cost does not include personal expenses.**Students are responsible for purchasing meals not included in the meal plan.

Tuition packet includes:
  • Welcome reception and international open house
  • 20 hours of instruction per week
  • Small classes with highly qualified faculty
  • Afternoon tutoring and personalized academic support (requested by the student, administered on an individual basis)
  • Mentoring and counseling
  • Cultural activities and participation in the host family program (must be requested by the student; not a home-stay program)
  • 24-hour access to our language software (must log in to the library services)
  • Access to all university facilities and academic and student support services (wireless internet and computers, gym and recreational sports, library, clubs, campus and dorm amenities and recreation)
Payment Information:

All payments must be made through the Touchnet Payment Gateway at Web for Students. You will receive information on how to make these payments with the letter of pre-acceptance to the program. For more information on how to make the required payments, see Application and Admission Checklist for information on payment. You have to make the application fee payment of $50 and a $300 - down payment to the program tuition before the I20 is issued and sent to your for the visa application.

HOUSING APPLICATION

Students are required to stay at the university dorms. Housing application fee is $100. The $100 housing application fee is non-refundable.

  • Students should not apply for housing until the acceptance letter and all the legal documentation for the application to the visa have been received by mail.

Go to Bringle Lake Village to submit your housing application. (Vaya a la página de Bringle Lake Village para hacer la aplicación a las residencias).

Contact the IEP at internationalprograms@tamut.edu