Be A Bearkat - International Journey

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Sam Houston State University is a vibrant, diverse university that welcomes students from all over the United States and more than 70 countries around the world. Advisors in the Global Engagement Center are available to answer questions as you complete your application for admission.

With over 90+ bachelor's degree programs, more than 60+ master’s degree programs and 10 doctoral programs, including the nation’s first PhD in Forensic Science, SHSU offers an exceptional college experience.

General Requirements for all International Applicants

  1. Completed ApplyTexas application.
  2. Pay the $90 international application fee.
  3. English proficiency scores:
    • TOEFL®, IELTS (minimum score is 6.5) and Duolingo accepted.
    • Scores must be current (no further back than 2 years).
  4. Evaluation of international credentials – see specific application type below for details.

Undergraduate Admissions in U.S.
Undergraduate Admissions Outside U.S.
Graduate Admissions in U.S.
Graduate Admissions Outside U.S.

SHSU strongly encourages international students currently outside the U.S. to apply at least 90 days before the beginning of the semester for which they are applying. Some graduate programs may have earlier deadlines.

Admissions application deadlines: Fall: August 1; Spring: December 15; Summer: May 15

Who can you contact with questions?

For assistance, receiving your Form I-20, registering for New International Student Orientation, applying for housing, and more, contact the Office of Admissions at 936.294.1828 for undergraduate students or 936.294.1971 for graduate students.Or visit the Global Engagement Center’s New Students page.

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SHSU At A Glance
  • Region
    • US - South
    • Online
  • Type of School
    • 4-Year Public
  • Campus Size
    • Large (>20,000 students)
  • Campus Setting
    • Rural
  • Application Types
    • Regular Decision
    • Rolling Admissions
  • Application Style
    • State-wide College Application
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Accepted, Now What?

Congratulations on your acceptance to Sam Houston State University! Your transition to SHSU should be easy and the Office of International Programs is here to help as you continue your Bearkat journey.