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Undergraduate and Graduate International Admissions

We are so excited about your interest in Texas A&M University-Commerce!  As a member of one of the nation’s outstanding university systems, Texas A&M University-Commerce will provide you with an excellent atmosphere for academic achievement, personal growth and leadership development.  Since its beginning in 1889, the University has responded to the needs of a changing world while holding fast to its tradition of excellence in education.  Mindful of this historic mission, we have a deep commitment to provide each student with a safe and quality educational environment in which each individual’s goals and aspirations may be accomplished.

Undergraduate International Admission Requirements

An international student is any degree-seeking student holding a nonimmigrant student visa.

All International undergraduate students applying to Texas A&M University-Commerce must complete the freshman or transfer ApplyTexas application for International students.

Academic Requirements: Texas A&M University-Commerce requires that the International applicant show proof of successful completion of a course of study equivalent to that required of a U. S. citizen.

Your international transcript must be evaluated by an independent credential evaluation agency before we consider you for admission to Texas A&M University-Commerce. For Transfer Admission, college transcripts should be evaluated course by course and semester by semester. For Freshman Admission, high school transcripts need only be evaluated to determine U.S. high school equivalency.

Undergraduate Language Proficiency: The applicant must be adequately proficient in English to pursue a course of study at the University. A score of at least 550 paper based or 213 computer based or 79 Internet based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and an official report of these scores, must be submitted to the Office Undergraduate Admissions prior to admission. Please keep in mind that Education Testing Service (ETS) will not release scores that are older than two (2) years.

Undergraduate Exemptions:

  • Students who have completed Eng 1301 and Eng 1302, at a U.S. institution, with a grade of “C” or better.  Students may provide a certified older score if they have been continuously studying at a U.S. college or university.
  • Students who have completed the advanced level with a grade of an A or B at the A&M-Commerce English Language Institute (ELI).
  • Students who have successfully completed the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEP’s) advanced-level program as defined in the information provided by TIEP and who are seeking admissions to our campus.
  • Students who have completed a minimum of one year of study in a Texas public high school with the completion of English III or English IV (including Advance Placement/AP)  with a grade of “B” or better.
  • Students who are citizens of Australia, New Zealand, the British Virgin Island, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Ireland, Antigua, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, St. Lucia, Wales, Bahamas, Barbados, and Canada (excluding French-speaking Quebec), Switzerland. Proof of citizenship must be provided such as birth certificate or passport.
  • Students who have one of the following tests and scores:
     
    CAE: B or Higher
     
    CPE: C or Higher
     
    SAT II E: 968 or Higher
     
    IELTS: Overall band 6.0 or Higher
     
    SAT Verbal: 500 or Higher
     
    ACT Verbal: 19 or Higher
  • Students who have obtained one of the following foreign high school diplomas/tests/scores:

GCE, GCSE, IGCSE: C or higher in English Language
 
WASC, KCSE, SSCE or equivalent national exams: C or higher in English Language
 
IB (International Baccalaureate): Grade 4 or higher in English subject

Undergraduate Sponsor’s Statement: All educational and living expenses (including medical/ repatriation insurance) are the responsibility of the student. A Sponsor’s Statement (signed by the sponsor), with a current bank statement showing a balance of at least $28,109.00 USD must be submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.  Sponsor’s Statements and bank statements must be less than one year old at the time of application.

Undergraduate Summary of Documents Required for Admission: When submitting documents, please keep in mind that mail between the United States and other countries can take as long as four weeks. Sufficient time should be allowed for processing documents. The application deadline is ninety (90) days prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment. At that time, applicants must have the following on file with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Office Undergraduate Admissions:

  1. Application for admission Undergraduate Deadlines – Fall/May 1, Spring/October 1 and Summer/March 1
  2. All official transcripts and evaluation reports
  3. Official TOEFL score report  or proof of exemption
  4. Sponsor's Statement
  5. 20 ACT or 950 SAT (verbal and math) score report (new freshman only)

Forms are in Adobe Acrobat Reader Format: Download Adobe Acrobat Reader


The Office of Undergraduate Admissions does not charge an application fee to process your documents.  Upon enrollment in your first semester at Texas A&M University-Commerce, your account will be assessed with a $60.00 non-refundable enrollment fee.

For International students that do not meet the TOEFL requirements or other language proficiency exemptions, A&M-Commerce offers an English Language Institute (ELI).

For more information on the process to issue the immigration documents and application process for a visa, please contact the International Student Services office at 903.886.5097 or email intl.stu@tamuc.edu.

Graduate International Admission Requirements

All graduate students applying to Texas A&M University-Commerce must complete the ApplyTexas application for International students.

All international students must submit official transcripts and official copies of diplomas, translated into English, from each college or university attended. The bachelor’s degree earned at a foreign institution must be equivalent to an accredited U.S. institution’s four year degree.  Official copies of all transcripts (with the school seal) and official copies of diplomas must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies. 

Graduate Language Proficiency:  The applicant must be adequately proficient in English to pursue a course of study at the University. An official report of these scores must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies prior to admission.
 
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 550 paper based, 213 computer based, 79 internet based
 
IETLS: 6.5
 
Texas A&M University-Commerce English Language Institute (ELI): Overall grade of B or better

Graduate Sponsor’s Statement: All educational and living expenses (including medical/ repatriation insurance) are the responsibility of the student. A Sponsor’s Statement (signed by the sponsor), with a current bank statement showing a balance of at least $26,024.82 USD must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Sponsor’s Statements and bank statements must be less than one year old at the time of application.  Financial support forms and information can be found online at:

http://web.tamuc.edu/academics/graduateSchool/documents/sponsorstatement1.pdf

Graduate Summary of Documents Required for Admission: When submitting documents, please keep in mind that mail between the United States and other countries can take as long as four weeks. Sufficient time should be allowed for processing documents. The application deadline is ninety (90) days prior to the beginning of the semester of enrollment. At that time, applicants must have the following on file with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

Texas A&M University-Commerce requires that the International graduate applicant show proof of successful completion of a course of study equivalent to that required of a U. S. citizen.  Each applicant must submit the following documents to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.

  1. An application for admission to Graduate Studies, available online: www.applytexas.org
  2. A $75.00 USD non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts and official copies of diplomas, translated into English, from each college or university attended. The bachelor’s degree earned at a foreign institution must be equivalent to an accredited U.S. institution’s 4 year degree,
  4. A sponsor’s statement with a current bank statement showing a balance of at least $26,024.82 in U.S. currency.
  5. Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency, which is satisfied by one of the following:
         a.  A minimum TOEFL score of 550 for paper-based testing (PBT) or 213 on computer-based testing (CBT) or 79 internet-based testing (IBT).
         b.  A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall band.
         c.  Completing all years of a Bachelor’s degree or higher degree at a U.S. regionally accredited university.
         d.  Successful completion of Texas A&M University-Commerce English Language Institute (ELI) with an overall grade of B.
  6. An official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or a Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score sent by Educational Testing Service to A&M-Commerce.
  • Master’s students pursuing a degree in Art or Music are not required to submit a GRE/GMAT score. Applicants to a master’s degree in accounting, agricultural education, business administration, early childhood, economics, curriculum and instruction, finance, management, marketing, reading, secondary education, social work, and technology management should contact the specific department for optional criteria in regard to the GRE/GMAT exam.
  • Students pursuing a master’s degree in computer science may submit either the GRE or GMAT exam.
    Grade point average (GPA) requirements are the same as those for the appropriate degree program. Each applicant is subject to departmental approval. Individual departments may establish additional requirements for admission. International students must be admitted to a degree program in order to enroll in graduate courses unless visa classification indicates otherwise.

International students who hold an F-1 visa are not eligible for nondegree student status or provisional admission status.

Undergraduate and Graduate International Students


For students that do not meet the TOEFL requirements or other language proficiency exemptions, A&M-Commerce offers an English Language Institute (ELI).

For more information on the process to issue the immigration documents and application process for a visa, please contact the International Student Services office at 903-886-5097 or email intl.stu@tamuc.edu.  

Please note: The tuition/fee schedule shown on the website is for tuition and mandatory student fees only. Overall tuition/fee charges must be adjusted (if necessary) for the effect of the distance education fee or the course retake fee.  International students are considered non-resident students and should refer to the non-resident tuition and fee column for undergraduate or graduate charges.  Please check the website for the updated tuition and fee schedule and additional information:  http://web.tamuc.edu/admissions/tuitionCosts/default.aspx

English Language Institute (ELI)

What We Offer:

  • One of the most affordable high-quality University  ESL programs in the country
  • Access to the facilities of a major U.S. university campus

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Texas A&M University-Commerce offers students planning to study at the university opportunities to enjoy a variety of cultural and educational activities while improving their language and academic skills.

Full-time students or holders of F1 or similar visa, will enroll in the Academic English Program which uses academic content to teach English and academic skills. Each week consists of more than 23 hours of instruction taught by qualified ESL instructors. Reading/Writing and Communication classes meet Monday through Friday for 100 minutes each, Language Lab class meets Monday through Thursday for 100 minutes. The curriculum uses academic content for language instruction.   

There are three proficiency levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Course placement is according to the results of department placement tests. All new students must take placement tests.

Part-time students or holders of F2 or similar visa, may only enroll in the American English and Culture Program. The classes use recreational English to teach English and American cultural.

Students in both programs are encouraged to participate in the Conversation Partner Program. The ELI provides opportunities for students to interact with native English speaking university students in the afternoons. Students should make an appointment with a conversation partner in the ELI Office, Hall of Languages Room 317. the ELI Office, Hall of Languages Room 317.

 

Contact Information for ELI:

Rebecca Bolin, ELI Director at Rebecca.Bolin@tamuc.edu

Apply online for ELI 

 
Foreign Academic Credential Evaluator Resources

Foreign Credentials Services of America
1910 Justin Lane
Austin, TX 78757-2411
512-459-8428
Fax: 512-459-4565
info@fcsa.biz
http://www.fcsa.biz


International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc.
Dr. Linda Jahn, Executive Director
P. O. Box 2585
Denton, TX 76202-2585
(940) 383-7498
http://www.iacei.net/


Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P. O. Box 92970
Milwaukee, WI 53202-0970
phone: (414) 289-3400 fax: (414) 289-3411


World Education Services, Inc.
P. O. Box 745
Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
phone: (212) 966-6311 fax: (212) 996-6395
www.wes.org


International Education Research
Foundation, Inc.
P O Box 66940
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone: 310/390-6276
Fax: 310/397-7686
www.ierf.org


Global Credential Evaluators, Inc.
P O Box 9203
College Station, TX 77842-9203
Phone: 409/690-8912
Fax: 409/690-6342
www.gcevaluators.com


Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
International Education Consultants
P.O. Box 248233
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Phone: 305/666-0233
Fax: 305/666-4133


SDR Educational Consultants
Foreign Educational Equivalencies
Babel Translations
10134 Hammerly, No 192
Houston, Texas 77080
Voice Mail and Fax: 713-460-5344
http://sdr.netfirms.com/

Undergraduate Students - Upon completion of the evaluation, please request the agency provide a copy to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

Graduate Students - Upon completion of the evaluation, please request the agency provide a copy to:

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429-3011

A&M-Commerce Contact Information

Ms. Pamela Wright
International Student Admissions Processor
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, TX  75429-3011
903.886.5000
903.468.8685 (fax)
Pamela.Wright@tamuc.edu

Mr. Jody Todhunter
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX  75429-3011
903.886.5000
903.468.8685 (fax)
Jody.Todhunter@tamuc.edu

Graduate School
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Graduate Studies
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX  75429-3011
903.886.5163
903.886.5165 (fax)
Graduate.School@tamuc.edu

Ms. Suzanne Giossi
Graduate Student Services Coordinator for the College of Business and Entrepreneurship
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Graduate Studies 
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX  75429-3011
903.468.6047
903.886.5165 (fax)
Suzanne.Giossi@tamuc.edu

Ms. Ginger Blurton
Graduate Student Services Coordinator for Education and Human Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Graduate Studies                                                                  PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX  75429-3011
903.468.8159
903.886.5165 (fax)
Ginger.Blurton@tamuc.edu

Ms. Leslie Horn
Graduate Student Services Coordinator for the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts and College of Science, Engineering and Agriculture
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Office of Graduate Studies 
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX  75429-3011
903.886.5134
903.886.5165 (fax)
Leslie.Horn@tamuc.edu

Mr. John Mark Jones
Director of International Student Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
PO Box 3011
Commerce, TX 75429
903.886.5097
903.468.3200 (fax)
John.Jones@tamuc.edu

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