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International Admissions

This is your online application guide. The steps below explain the application process. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of International Education.

If you have taken college work previously, STOP here, you need to apply as a Transfer Student.

Any student who applies as a new freshmen due to policy cannot receive any transfer credit after admission.

Step 1 - Apply for Admissions

Complete an International Undergraduate Student Application for admissions or ONLINE APPLICATION. The application fee is $40. This fee can be submitted by check or credit card and is non-refundable. International freshmen be sure to complete the international application because with this application you can fill in an international address (with the US application you cannot).

Candidates for admission to the university are encouraged to complete an application as early as possible.

Step 2 - Request Official Transcripts

Submit originals or certified copies of all marked sheets, transcripts, diplomas and certificates from high school or other academic institutions. Official translations must be provided when originals are not in English.

If transfer credit is required, a course description of each class must accompany the transcripts before the student will be admitted to TTU.

*Students from nations where it is difficult to send more than 1 copy may send a copy for initial review.

Step 3- Affidavit of Support and Passport

All international applicants are required to submit adequate evidence of financial support to cover the cost of attendance for at least one full year of studies at TTU before the Certificate of Acceptance to the university is mailed. Permanent residents are not required to provide this for admissions.

Students requesting a SEVIS I-20 or DS2019 are required by Federal law to submit financial verification to be issued the documents. The estimated amount required for issuance of the I-20/DS2019 is $34,000 U.S. dollars. You will take the I-20/DS2019 and apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa in your country. Be sure to pay the SEVIS fee prior to your visa appointment; go to to pay the SEVIS fee via Western Union.

Students already in the USA, who have a student visa, must submit copies of your passport, I-20, I-94 and visa.

Step 4 - Submit Proof English Language Proficiency

New Freshmen may submit documentation to their school coordinator to verify proof of English proficiency.
Any of the following will be accepted:

Official Test Score Reports Required for Admission to TTU

All International Students Whose Native Language is not English Must Submit One of the Following:

Score at least

TOEFL- Test of English as a Foreign Language

500-paper-based (PBT)
173-computer-based (CBT)
61-Internet-based (IBT)

FLS International Intensive English Language Program Level 7 (for Undergraduate)

ELS Language Centers

Level 109 (for Undergraduate)

New England School of English

Level 10 (Undergraduate)

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

5.5 (Applications submitted after July 1st, 2015)

Pearson PTE 52


2 A grade (College or Junior College Level)


TOEIC- Test of English for International Communication


Michigan Test (MELAB) 80

Cambridge IGCSE or O Level English

Level O/A

Two Semesters or three quarters of college-level English composition from an accredited college or university

C grade or better

ITEPS 3.5 will need to take ESL 1010 or ESL 1020
4.0+ will be tested and placed appropriately
A.C.E Language Institutes
Level 6
Embassy CES Level 6


English 19
Math 19
Reading 19


Verbal 460
Math 460

Students interested in scholarships should submit a score of 600 or more.

SEPT (Sakae English Proficiency Test)

490 for Undergraduate Students Only

Cambridge ESOL

CPE - C (Cert of Proficiency in English)

CAE - C (Cert in Advanced English)

FCE - C (First Cert of English)



Bridge English (US or Abroad)

Level C1

Bridge Pathways (Denver, Rio, and Santiago)

Level 5 (C1 proficiency)

ILSC University Pathways Program (English for Academic Purposes) Level A1 or I4 with written support from ILSC staff/administrators
The Language Company's Level 9 or Level 7 & 8 with TLC staff/administrators written consent
English3 52

*Note: TTU offers provisional admissions to applicants who meet the academic and financial requirements but whose English language proficiency does not meet the levels for regular admissions. Provisionally admitted students must take an English Language Center placement test upon arrival at TTU to assess their need for additional language instruction in ESL 1010 or ESL 1020 and correct the deficiency within one calendar year. English Language courses, taught through the ESL department, will likely delay the start of a student's academic program. You may also be asked to take the COMPASS math, reading and writing test in Academic Development before the semester begins. Click here for more information about English Placement Requirements.

Step 5- Complete Health Forms

Two forms must be completed and submitted to Health Services before a student can enroll:

Step 6 - Submit All Materials

Send all materials to:

International Education
Tennessee Tech University
1 William L. Jones Dr., Derryberry Hall Rm. 135, Box 5093
Cookeville, TN 38505 USA

Phone: (931) 372-3634 Fax: (931) 372-3674

Some documents must be originals, however, you may fax us a copy also.

Upon being admitted to the university, you will receive a letter congratulating you on your admittance. Your acceptance letter will also contain instructions on the next steps you need to take to become a full-time TTU student. Please see our Quick Information Page for dates and other important information. You will also need to the International Education website for more information about courses offered, course descriptions, insurance, etc.

If you have any questions, please email us at