With students enrolled from 130 countries, UT proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)
Students should apply through UT's online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:
- Official transcripts of all secondary school coursework and grades translated in English. (“Official” means that you must request your school to send transcripts directly to the UT admissions office. If that is impossible, send copies that have been certified by your school as “true copies” of the originals after they are copied. An official at your school should sign the document as “true copy of original.”)
- Essay written in English.
- A recommendation written by a counselor, teacher or headmaster.
Applicants must submit one of the following:
- TOEFL: minimum acceptable score is 550 or 79 (Internet based) exam.
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5.
- DuoLingo: minimum acceptable score is 110. The Duolingo English test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken online via a computer with a webcam and microphone. The test includes a proficiency score, video interview and writing sample which are shared with The University of Tampa when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
- Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample.
International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of several ESL programs.
International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study (including miscellaneous expenses) and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships up to $12,000 per academic year, which covers only a small portion of the total costs. New transfer students with excellent academic achievement may receive a partial scholarships of $7,000 per academic year. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.
Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from UT’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with intention to study in the U.S.
The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.
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