International Students

International undergraduate students at Welcome Picnic outside of Houston, Texas.

Study in the United States at a Top University in Texas

Sam Houston State University is a vibrant, diverse university that welcomes students from all over the United States-and the world. The Office of International Programs is available to answer questions and help you complete your application for admission to the university.

Applying to a master's degree program? See requirements and admission procedures for international graduate students >>

 Bachelor's Degree Admission Requirements for International Applicants

Went to high school in the US or another country?

Attended college elsewhere?

Apply to a Bachelor's Degree Program as an International Student

1. Submit the ApplyTexas.org Application (International) [what's this?] and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75 in U.S. currency via MasterCard, American Express, VISA, Discover Card, money order or check drawn on a U.S. bank.

2. Send official high school transcripts or college/university transcripts if applicable.

    • If transcripts are from a school outside of the U.S. the document must be translated and evaluated by a NACES accredited service or SDR Educational Consultants

3. Submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 paper-based or 79 iBt or 6.5 IELTS or successful completion of the English Language Institute (ELI) program at SHSU. An individual college within the University may establish a higher TOEFL score for admission to a particular program.

  • If a student's first language is English, a TOEFL score may not be required; however an ACT or SAT score will be required for undergraduate students.
  • List of Countries that qualify for TOEFL and/or IELTS waiver

4. If applicable, contact the testing agency to request an electronic submission of your SAT or ACT test score be sent to SHSU.

  • Send SAT scores to school code 6643 for SHSU.
  • Send ACT scores to school code 4162 for SHSU.

 Master's Degree Admission Requirements for International Applicants

Admission requirements vary by program so consult the master's degree program webpage for your chosen program.

Apply to a Master's Degree Program as an International Student

Please submit the following to the Graduate Admissions

1. Submit the ApplyTexas.org Application (International)[what's this?] and pay the nonrefundable application fee of $75 in U.S. currency via MasterCard, American Express, VISA, Discover Card, money order or check drawn on a U.S. bank. 

2. Submit official transcripts from all college coursework.

3. Submit the official credentials evaluation.

  • If transcripts are from a school outside of the U.S. the document must be translated and evaluated by a NACES accredited service or SDR Educational Consultants

4. Submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 paper-based or 79 iBt or 6.5 IELTS. An individual college within the University may establish a higher TOEFL score for admission to a particular program. 

5. Locate your master's program webpage on the Degrees Offered List for other admission requirements.

Enrollment Checklists

See the checklists below for detailed information on how to enroll at Sam Houston State University after you've been accepted.

What Are the Application Deadlines?

International student applications should be completed and received no later than 90 days before the beginning of the initial semester of enrollment if applying from outside of the United States.

The English Language Institute (ELI)

In addition to undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the English Language Institute (ELI) provides necessary English language proficiency training, academic skills, and cultural awareness for international students to be admitted into undergraduate or graduate studies at Sam Houston State University or other colleges and universities.