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International Students

Thomas University welcomes applications from international students. At TU, applicant files are classified as "international" if they meet any of the criteria listed below. Supplemental application materials are needed for each of the following criteria, so review this web site carefully to see what is needed in your specific case.

Classification as an International Applicant:

  • You are not a U.S. citizen and are currently in the United States on an F-1 (student) visa.
  • You are currently in the United States on some other class of visa. Please submit a copy of the visa from your passport.
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International Admission requirements

International First Time

The Admission Committee considers applicants on the basis of their official secondary school record, along with SAT/ACT/TOEFL scores. Applicants for first-year admission should submit the following:

  • A completed International Undergraduate Application for Admission
  • A $125 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee (made payable to Thomas University)
  • A signed confidential statement of finances
  • A signed statement from student’s bank certifying finances
  • Official secondary school transcript including notice of graduation and diploma with accompanying foreign credential review. (see Foreign Transcript section)
  • For non-native speakers of English, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 61 (Internet-based) CET 4, IELTS 5.0

All freshman are required to live in University Housing. Please see the housing application online or by visiting www.thomasu.edu. Select Admissions, then Undergraduate Students, then 2014-2015 Student Housing Application. The housing requirement applies to students accepted by the Office of Admissions as first time, full-time students (12 or more hours per semester) or freshman transfer students who transfer in 14 or fewer hours of college credit.

International Transfer

Transfer students who have attended an institution outside of the United States must submit the following:

  • A completed International Undergraduate Application for Admission
  • A $125 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee (made payable to Thomas University)
  • A signed confidential statement of finances
  • A signed statement from student’s bank certifying finances
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Foreign transcripts must include an accompanying foreign credential review (see Foreign Transcript section).
  • For non-native speakers of English, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 61 (Internet-based) CET 4, IELTS 5.

Transfer students who have attended another United States institution must submit the following:

  • A completed International Undergraduate Application for Admission
  • A $125 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee (made payable to Thomas University)
  • A signed confidential statement of finances.
  • A signed statement from student’s bank certifying finances.
  • For non-native speakers of English, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 61 (Internet-based) CET 4, IELTS 5.0
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Foreign transcripts must include an accompanying foreign credential review (see Foreign Transcript section if applicable).

Admission decisions cannot be made until the application file is complete. You will be notified which documents are missing if your file is incomplete.

International Graduate

Candidates for graduate admission to Thomas University MUST submit each of the following in order to be considered for review of admittance into the program for which they are applying:

  • A completed International Graduate Application for Admission
  • A $125 (US dollars) nonrefundable application fee (made payable to Thomas University)
  • A detailed résumé
  • A personal statement of career and educational objectives (not to exceed two pages)
  • Three professional or academic references
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended. Any transcript from an institution outside of the United States must be translated into English; translation must be certified for accuracy and accompanied by a professional evaluation (see Foreign Transcript section).
  • For non-native speakers of English, English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 61 (Internet-based). CET 4. IELTS 5.0

Foreign Transcript

All foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a professional evaluation (foreign credential review). It is the student's responsibility to procure this evaluation, and to assume financial responsibility for it. Because of the importance of this information, Thomas University accepts evaluations (but does not limit to) from the following institutions of proven reliability:

Educational Perspectives
P.O. Box 618056
Chicago, IL  60661-8056

FOR COURIER SERVICE
Educational Perspectives
134 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60602
312-421-9300 tel
312-421-9353 fax
info@edperspective.org

Foreign Credentials Services of America
1 (877) 553-4285
info@foreigncredentials.org
Office Locations
1910 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757 (map)

798 Lighthouse Ave, Suite 140
Monterey, CA 93940 (map)

Josef Silny
7101 SW 102nd Ave
Miami, FL 33173
Telephone: (305) 273-1616
E-mail: info@jsilny.com
www.jsilny.com/html/foreign.htm

AACRAO
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: 202-293-9161
Fax: 202-872-8857
E-mail: info@aacrao.org
www.aacrao.org

World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Telephone: 212-966-6311
E-mail: info@wes.org
www.wes.org

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
Telephone: 414-289-3400
www.ece.org

Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS)
+1 215 222 8454
http://www.cgfns.org/
CGFNS is the only credential evaluation service provider recognized by all state Boards of Nursing. Thomas University only accepts foreign transcript evaluations for Nursing from CGFNS.

The foreign credit evaluation should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the home country and is generally considered to offer at least the equivalent of U.S. higher education credit. In addition, it should include an explanation of the credits, the grading system, and course levels, as well as a course-by-course evaluation.

The expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report is recognized worldwide and is likely to be accepted by other academic institutions, employers, and state licensing boards. However, the report is not binding to Thomas University and will be considered a recommendation for independent decision of the credit to be given. Please note: It may take 2-6 weeks to obtain a credit evaluation.

Issuing an I-20

Please note that a student must be officially accepted to Thomas University before we can issue an I-20. In order to process a student’s I-20, we must receive:

  • All admission requirements as listed on the international applications (both Undergraduate and Graduate).
  • If you are currently a student at another institution in the United States and already have an F-1 visa, you will need a new I-20 issued by Thomas University. Therefore, you must submit all admission requirements necessary for transfer students.

* Please note: We cannot accept faxes or unofficial photocopies of financial letters or bank statements. All financial information must be dated less than one year prior to the first day of classes of the term you intend to begin study.

Estimated Costs for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

  Semester Year
Tuition 12-18 credit hours $7970 $15,940
Fees Matriculation 425 850
  Technology 75 150
Housing Dorm, double room 3000 6000
  Meals ($22.00/day) 2464 4927
Books/Supplies   1000 2000
Other/Misc. Travel, personal, etc. 1500 3000
TOTAL   $16,434 $32,867
  Additional for spouse   4000
  Additional per child   1500
      $38,367

* Thomas University does not offer a student meal plan. The cost above is the estimated out-of-pocket expense a student could expect to incur. Health insurance is strongly recommended, but not required.

  Semester Year
Tuition 9 credit hours ($655/credit) $5,895 $11,790
Fees Matriculation 275 550
  Technology 75 150
Housing Dorm, double room 3000 6000
  Meals ($22.00/day) 2464 4927
Books/Supplies   1000 2000
Other/Misc. Travel, personal, etc. 1500 3000
TOTAL   $14,209 $28,417
  Additional for spouse   4000
  Additional per child   1500
      $33,917

* Thomas University does not offer a student meal plan. The cost above is the estimated out-of-pocket expense a student could expect to incur. Health insurance is strongly recommended, but not required.

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