The University of Memphis believes that the presence of international students on
campus enriches the educational environment for all. The University is authorized
under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students on the "F-1" student visa.
Prospective students should check with the appropriate program for specific deadlines.
International applicants should file complete credentials at least four months before the beginning of the semester for which enrollment is sought. Applicants are
urged to apply early to ensure full consideration.
Complete credentials include all the documents listed above under "Admission Requirements"
as well as those listed below under "Additional Requirements."
The application should be completed and returned to Graduate Admissions, Wilder Tower
101, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152-3370.
A non-refundable application and processing fee of sixty dollars US (US $60.00) is
required of every international applicant, unless previously paid. Applications received
without the application fee will not be processed.
International admission applications (graduate and undergraduate) will only be accepted
through Self-Service Banner. The Office of Admissions no longer accepts hard-copy (paper) applications. Payment
of the application fee is by credit card.
Applicants will be selected on a competitive basis and, therefore, admission will
not be granted to all applicants who meet only the minimum requirements. Some academic
units may have additional requirements such as portfolios, proficiency examinations,
All transcripts, test scores, and other credentials must be accompanied by an official
English translation of these documents and must be on file in Graduate Admissions
at least four (4) months before the desired enrollment date.
In addition to admissions requirements described above, international students must
supply the following:
TOEFL Scores: All applicants who will be attending the University on a visa and who are not native
speakers of English and are not graduates of the University of Memphis must supply
a minimum score of 550 on the paper or 210 on the computer-based Test of English as
a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some units, however, require a higher TOEFL score; check
program descriptions for specific requirements. Testing locations and other information
can be obtained from www.toefl.org or by writing to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, 08540,
U.S.A. All test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University
of Memphis, institution code R-1459.
Required Evaluation of Credentials: Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university must have their credentials
evaluated. The university will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency
listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services' website ( www.naces.org ). The course-by-course report is required. Departments may provide a scholarship
to cover the cost of the credential evaluation for selected scholar-applicants. If
a department decides to provide scholarship funds the department will collect the
necessary documentation and fees and forward them to the selected credentialing agency.
For additional information about the selection process, please contact the graduate program coordinator. For general information on the equivalency of international degrees click here.
Affidavit of Support and Financial Statement: An applicant who holds or will require an "F-1" student visa must supply, on the
form provided by the University, sufficient evidence of financial support for the
applicant and all members of his/her family who will accompany the applicant to Memphis.
This requires that the applicant certify that his/her intent is to attend the University
full-time and that no employment, other than assistantships, will be required. An
affidavit of support and financial statement are not required for admission; however, international students
(F-1) requiring issuance of Form I-20 must supply sufficient evidence of financial
support for the applicant and all members of his/her family requiring issuance of
dependent Form I-20.
Health Certificate: Within 30 days from the first day of classes, each international student must submit
a certificate from a licensed US physician or other qualified U.S. medical authority
verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to do so shall result in denial of enrollment.
In the event that a student either has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis
requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditional upon the determination
by a licensed US physician that such enrollment does not present a risk to others
and upon the student's compliance with any medical treatment program.
Health Insurance: All international students must purchase health insurance before they are allowed
to enroll. Click here for more information.
Readmission: International students who wish to apply for readmission to the University must meet
the deadlines stated above.
Intensive English for International (IEI) Students
The Graduate School will conditionally admit highly qualified international students
who do not quite meet our TOEFL standards if they simultaneously enroll in Intensive
English and achieve fluency. Students will be given one year to meet the English requirement
(level 5). Students will pay the IEI fees until they meet the language criterion.
If they take courses outside of IEI, they will be charged additional tuition at the
regular rate. They will not be eligible for assistantships until they are fully admitted.