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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.

Step 1 - Apply for Admissions

Complete an International Undergraduate Student Application (PDF) for admissions or apply online: ONLINE APPLICATION

Pay the application fee of $40.

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.

Any undergraduate student (domestic, permanent resident or international) who completed coursework abroad (with the exception of study abroad with TTU) is required to have coursework evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) A course by course evaluation is required for any transfer credit to be awarded.

Please click here for a list of partner schools that TTU has transfer agreements with.

The credit will be posted as elective credit and the grades will be posted based on the evaluation report and transcript. To appeal credit for a specific course offered by TTU, the course description must be supplied in English to the International Education Office or the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The department chair of the course’s discipline will review to determine if the course is equivalent.

A student who does not submit their transcripts to a NACES organization for evaluation will not receive any credit. Transcripts must be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions Office and to the Office of International Education for admission purposes. Not submitting the information could be grounds for dismissal from the University.

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

The Office of International Education DOES NOT evaluate transfer credits for incoming student. The evaluation is completed by the department of your major. Please contact the department to see the status of your transfer evaluation.

Official Transcripts
Hand-delivered transcripts or faxed copies of transcripts are not considered official for admission purposes, WES will not accept transcript sent from government agencies or students, they must come directly from your institute abroad.

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 online.

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

Exchange students 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)
New England School of English Level 10 (Undergraduate)

IELTS – International English Language Testing System

5.5 (Applications 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

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 at TTU
4.0+ will be tested and placed appropiately
A.C.E Language Institutes
Level 6
Embassy CES Level 6


English 19
Math 19
Reading 19


Verbal 460
Math 460

SEPT (Sakae English Proficiency Test) 490 for Undergraduate Students Only
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 and 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 and application fee 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

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