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Guide for Graduate Students

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Special procedures for admission of foreign students
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Special Procedures for Admission of Foreign Students


For complete and up-to-date information on university requirements for foreign students, see

The university enrolls non-immigrant alien students on the “F-1” student visa. For more information on admission of international students, please contact the Graduate School Student Services Office, AD 215, Phone: 901.678.4370. Keeping up with current procedures is even more important now that the U.S. government has complicated its regulations for obtaining a visa and made the process much more lengthy.

Students whose highest degree is from a foreign institution must arrange for a professional evaluation of their credentials. The university will accept evaluations done by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services' website (, but requires the course-by-course report. For information on the equivalency of degrees, see

All applicants whose native language is not English must supply results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or its equivalent. You can get information about TOEFL at or by writing to TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey 08541, U.S.A. All test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to The University of Memphis, institutional code 1459. Scores must be less than two years old. The Graduate School requires a minimum score of 550 on the paper or 210 on the computer test. Those applying for an assistantship should also take the TSE (Test of Spoken English), which you can take at the same time as the TOEFL.

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