Who is an international student?
An international student is an applicant who is not US citizens or a permanent resident.
I/my parents have applied for a green card. Am I still an international student?
Yes. You are still considered an international student until you actually have the green card, and can provide us a copy.
Can international students apply to any undergraduate program at MTSU?
I attended a university after finishing high school (grades 9-12). Can I apply as
a freshman, even if I only have a few credits?
No. Anyone who attended a university or college after finishing high school must apply as a transfer student.
What are the differences between a domestic (US citizen) application and an international application? All undergraduate applicants use the same application, and submit the same admissions materials. However, there are three differences for international students:
Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (English language proficiency test)?
All international applicants are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS unless they meet one of the following waiver requirements:
I need to study English as Second Language (ESL) before I begin my major. Do you offer
If your native language is not English, you must submit official results of one of the following tests in order to receive consideration for admission:
With these scores, you would be required to take the University's ESL placement exam if you are admitted. You may also be required to take some remedial English class(es) during your first term at MTSU.
What are your admissions deadlines?
Other admission deadlines:
Are offers of admission binding in any way?
An offer of admission is not binding. We do, however, ask that you confirm with us if you intend to attend MTSU prior to Orientation. Specific deadlines for confirmation will be included in your offer of admission.
I want transfer credit for my classes at a university outside of the United States.
Will I receive transfer credit?
International students, U.S. citizens and permanent residents who attended (or attend) universities outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of their academic records by Educational Credential Services Inc. (ECE) in order for their work to be calculated for transfer credit.
Applicants must also submit official course descriptions for all their university work completed outside the United States.
Do you have scholarships for international students?
Yes. MTSU does offer scholarships for international students. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $12,000 per academic year and are merit-based. Applicants are automatically considered for a scholarship when admitted and notifications will be included in the admission letter. The scholarships are renewable annually.
Do you know of any other sources for scholarships and financial aid?
Here are some links to scholarship and financial resources for international students. These links are provided for your information only. These resources are not affiliated with or approved by MTSU.
Education USA - http://www.educationusa.info/pages/students/finance.php
EduPass Scholarships for International Students - http://www.edupass.org/finaid/databases.phtml
International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search - http://www.iefa.org/
InternationalScholarships.com - http://www.internationalscholarships.com/
What is the total cost of attendance? How much do I need to have on my certification
The total attendance cost for international students for the 2011-12 academic year is $30,458.00. Costs typically increase by about 5% every year.
What is a certification of finances? Why do I need to send one? How do I submit it?
If you are not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident, you must certify that you have sufficient financial resources to study in the United States. You must submit a certification of finances in order for MTSU to create documents necessary, including the I-20, for your F1 visa application.
You have two choices for your certification of finances.
Please submit your certification of finances to:
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 Main Street Campus, Box 120
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
How do I apply for on campus housing?
If you want to live on campus, you must complete a Housing application. Please note
that this is a separate application from applying for admission. For more information,
see the Housing and Residential Life website .
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