Austin College welcomes applications from international students. Applicants who are not United States Citizens or Permanent Residents should find this additional information useful in the admission process.
Admission & Enrollment Requirements
- Review the Freshman or Transfer Admission Checklist to see the basic materials required for the application for admission. All letters of recommendation and your secondary school transcript(s) must be translated into English. If an English translation is not available or if you are seeking transfer credit from a non-U.S. accredited college or university, you as the applicant must request an evaluation by an independent transcript evaluation service. Please contact the Admission Office for recommended evaluation services.
- If English is not your primary language, you may submit an Official TOEFL Score (code #6016). When possible, SAT or ACT scores should supplement the TOEFL report. (Note: native English speakers should send only SAT or ACT Scores.)
- TOEFL paper-based test: minimum score 550, recommended score 600 or higher.
- TOEFL computer-based test: minimum score 213, recommended score 250 or higher.
- TOEFL internet-based test: minimum score 80, recommended score 100 or higher.
- Once you have been accepted for admission to Austin College, as an international student you must complete a Matriculation Agreement and a Certification of Finances, both included with your letter of acceptance. The Certification of Finances documents the family’s ability to pay the total basic charges for the first academic year and beyond. These forms along with a $350.00 matriculation deposit must be submitted by May 1 to the Office of Admission.
- Upon receipt of the items from #3, the Office of Admission will issue you an I-20 form needed to obtain an F-1 visa for study in the United States. To maintain F-1 status and enroll at Austin College for the Fall Term, you are required to submit by July 1 to the Austin College Business Office a payment for Cost of Attendance (tuition, fees, room and board charges) for the first year (less any financial assistance from Austin College for which the student may qualify).
Scholarships & Financial Assistance
- Academic scholarships in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 per year are available to international students. To qualify, a student must complete all admission procedures no later than January 15 and be admitted to Austin College. No additional scholarship application is necessary.
- Academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement only; financial need is not considered. Scholarship decisions are based on all aspects of a student’s admission application file, including academic transcripts, SAT/ACT/TOEFL scores, and letters of recommendation. Scholarships are renewable each year for a total of four years of undergraduate study at Austin College. Renewal requires that the student maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average each year.
- An international student is notified of a scholarship decision at the same time that he or she is admitted to Austin College. Scholarship recipients are sent a scholarship agreement letter that is included with the letter of acceptance for admission. The scholarship agreement must be signed and returned along with the Matriculation Agreement and $350.00 matriculation deposit.
- The only additional financial assistance currently available to international students is the Sallie Mae Smart Option Loan program. If you wish to borrow money through this program, you must have a co-borrower who is a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States. A qualified student can borrow any amount up to the yearly cost of his/her education at Austin College. Interest rates can range from 3.5% to 8%, depending on the creditworthiness of the co-borrower.
- A limited number of on-campus work programs are available to international students but cannot be guaranteed prior to arrival to the campus. International students must be able to document their ability to pay the cost of attending Austin College (less any scholarship and loan) without the benefit of an on-campus work program.
- Assuming that you receive the maximum amount of scholarship from Austin College and are not eligible for a Signature Loan, you can expect to contribute a minimum of $25,000 per year (not including travel costs) toward the cost of attendance. The amount of a student’s expected yearly contribution may very well be higher.
If you have further questions about admission, scholarships, or financial assistance, please contact David Dillman, Executive Director of Transfer & International Student Admission at 903.813.2380.