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International Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Apply
When do I submit my application?
How long is the admission process?
How do I get an I-20 from West Texas A&M University?
When will I receive my I-20?
How will transfer credit be determined?
What if I am transferring to WTAMU from another U.S. School? What must I do?

Required Documents
What academic documents are required for admission?
When and where should transcripts be sent to West Texas A&M University?
What if my transcripts are not in English?
Are there any other documents required prior to being accepted?

TOEFL and Other Tests
What are the University English proficiency requirements?
How can I be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirements?
How can I have my TOEFL results mailed to West Texas A&M University?
Do I need to take the SAT or ACT?
Do I need to take the GRE or GMAT?

Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships
How much does it cost to attend WTAMU?
Do international students qualify for Federal financial aid?
Does WTAMU offer financial aid, scholarship or loans to international students?
What is the deadline for a scholarship application?

Other
Where can I find information about student visas?
How and when do I pay for classes?
What kind of housing is available?
How many colleges does WTAMU have?
What degree programs are available at WTAMU?
Will I be able to work while I am a student?
I have been living and studying in the U.S. for several years. Am I still considered an international applicant?
If I am an international student do I have to attend school full time?

 

How to Apply

When do I submit my application?
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application before the application deadlines. However, due to visa wait time, we strongly recommend that students apply at least 6 months prior to their desired semester of study.

How long is the admission process?
In general, it takes two to three months to process an international student's admission to the University. This period of time ensures all required admission tests are taken and score reports are forwarded to the University. Sufficient time is needed for the visa interview and to obtain official transcripts with certified English translation and financial documents. Less time is needed when students send all necessary documents, including test scores.

How do I get an I-20 from West Texas A&M University?
Once the International Student Office has received complete application and academic documents, your file will be evaluated for admission. Admission requirements must be met and financial funding verified before an I-20 will be issued.

When will I receive my I-20?
After admission has been granted, an I-20 and an admission letter will be sent to you within two weeks.

If you are seeking transfer credit for college level work done at a foreign university, you must send course descriptions with your transcript. Course descriptions must give a brief outline of class content (syllabus). This information will be sent to the transfer evaluation coordinator who will evaluate and determine transfer credit. Students seeking transfer credit from a U.S. institution do not need to send course descriptions.
 
Students transferring from a U.S. college or university must complete a Transfer Student Form to determine F-1 status. In addition, copies of the following immigration documents must be submitted: Passport photo page, visa photo page, current I-20, and the front and back of the I-94 card.

Required Documents

 What academic documents are required for admission? 

In general, we need official transcripts and test scores for admission. For more information, visit undergraduate, transfer and graduate sections.

When and where should transcripts be sent to West Texas A&M University?
Transcripts must be received on or before the publicized application deadlines for the term you are applying for. Transcripts must be mailed directly to the following address:

West Texas A& M University
International Student Office
WTAMU Box 60745

Canyon, TX 79016-001

U.S.A

Attn: Kristine Combs or Giselle Alvarado 

What if my transcripts are not in English?
If your school does not provide an English translation, take your own personal copies of your transcripts to a certified English translation agency. Once the translation has been completed, forward it to the International Student Office immediately. Note that you still need to have your official transcripts mailed directly from your school.

Are there any other documents required prior to being accepted?
Yes. You are required to have evidence of financial resources (bank statement / sponsor's financial statement) to meet the cost of education at West Texas A&M University. Visit tuition information to learn more about living expenses and tuition for one academic year.

TOEFL and Other Tests

We require either the TOEFL or IELTS test scores.
 
Undergraduates
  • TOEFL 525 (Paper); 197 (Computer) or 71 (Internet)
  • IELTS 6.0 or greater (academic test)
Transfers
  • TOEFL 525 (Paper); 197 (Computer) or 71 (Internet)
  • IELTS 6.0 or greater (academic test)
Graduates
  • TOEFL 550 (Paper); 213 (Computer) or 79 (Internet)
  • IELTS 6.0 or greater (academic test)

How can I be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirements?
Students who complete English as a Second Language International (ESLI) on the WTAMU campus can be exempt from TOEFL/IELTS. Students whose language of instructions at their previous institution was English can be exempt from TOEFL/IELTS with verification.

How can I have my TOEFL results mailed to West Texas A&M University?
Contact TOEFL services in New Jersey, USA at 1-609-771-7100 or out of the U.S. at 1-609-771-7243. Make sure you indicate 6938 as WTAMU’s institution code number.

Yes. An SAT or ACT is required for all freshmen and transfer students (undergraduate students) with less than 12 hours of transfer credit. For more information, visit Undergraduate and Transfer web page.
 
Yes, if you are a graduate student. A GRE is required for all graduate programs except accounting, finance and economics, and business administration degrees. A GMAT is required for students in accounting, finance and economics, and business administration. For more information, visit Graduate web page.
 
Tuition, Financial Aid and Scholarships
 
WTAMU has affordable tuition cost for both undergraduate and graduate students as compared to most institutions of it’s size.

Do international students qualify for Federal financial aid?
Federal financial aid is not available to international students. However, there are many scholarships available for qualified students.

Does WTAMU offer financial aid, scholarship or loans to international students?
Yes, WTAMU awards more than $34 million in scholarships, loans, grants and financial aid each year. Scholarships and tuition cost reductions worth $7,600 or more per year are available for qualified students. For information, visit the scholarship office.

What is the deadline for a scholarship application?
WTAMU scholarship application deadline is February 1 of each year.

Other 

Where can I find information about student visas?
For information, visit Student Visa. Also, you can find more information about student Visa at educationUSA.

How and when do I pay for classes?
For information on accepted payment methods and payment deadlines, visit the business office.

What kind of housing is available?
Several housing options are available including the residence halls, residential suites and off campus apartments. Detailed information regarding these housing options are available through housing.

How many colleges does WTAMU have?
WTAMU has five different colleges, with 60 undergraduate, 43 masters' and 1 Ph.D. program.

What degree programs are available at WTAMU?
West Texas A&M University offers 60 undergraduate, 43 masters' and 1 Ph.D. program. For information, visit academic catalog.

Will I be able to work while I am a student?
A student on a F-1 visa is allowed to have graduate appointments and other forms of campus employment. On-campus employment is limited to 20-hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. Employment in excess of 20 hours per week during the fall or spring semester is unlawful. During vacation periods and holidays, students may work 21-40 hours per week. However,students will not be allowed to work off campus.

I have been living and studying in the U.S. for several years. Am I still considered an international applicant?
Yes, unless you are a U. S. citizen or permanent resident (and have a green card).

If I am an international student do I have to attend school full time?
Yes. All international students are required by law to attend school full time with the exception of your final semester, when you may attend part time if needed.