How to Apply as an International Student

The College of Architecture and International Student Services are committed to ensuring your success at Texas A&M University. Here are some general guidelines to make your application process easier.

1. Apply to Texas A&M University

Complete your application through ApplyTexas or the Coalition. Don’t worry, there are examples and instructions. Visit the Office of Admissions website to get detailed information about required documents, when to apply and other important information for international applicants. You do not need a portfolio as a freshman applicant.

Spring 2021

April 1, 2020 – August 1, 2020
Deadline: August 1

Fall 2021

August 1, 2020 – December 15, 2020
Deadline: December 15

Spring 2022

April 1, 2021 – August 1, 2021
Deadline: August 1


2. Submit required documents

You are required to submit the following in addition to your application: 

  • Essay
  • Application fee
  • High school transcript(s)
  • SAT or ACT scores (currently optional)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (ELP)*

*ELP tests should be taken at least eight weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure timely receipt and processing of results. View the Office of Admissions’ ELP requirements for more information about how to substitute or take the ELP test.


3. Apply for a student visa

The United States Department of State requires all international students to have a student visa. The International Student Services’ visa page and the Bureau of Consular Affairs provide extensive information about how to apply and interview for a visa.


4. Wait

Waiting is the hardest part. That’s why the Office of Admissions lets you check your application and records online through the Application Information System. Keep in mind it takes at least three weeks to review. Fall and summer admissions are posted by late March and spring admissions are posted by December. 

Your complete admission file will be reviewed holistically based on:

  • Your application and essay
  • Class rank
  • SAT and/or ACT scores (Optional and not required to complete your admission file)
  • Extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, employment and summer activities
  • Talents, awards and honors

5. Confirm your acceptance 

After you get your acceptance packet in the mail (Whoop, congrats!), be sure to tell us you’re coming. You can confirm your acceptance by accepting your admission offer online or returning the admission acceptance card you receive in your packet. Check out the Now That You’re Admitted Checklist to make sure you are completing all the required steps and paperwork.

Don’t forget to send in your:

  • AP credits
  • CLEP credits
  • Final transcript (and college transcripts if applicable)
  • Financial aid application
  • Health insurance
  • Housing application
  • Immunization records

6. Sign up for a New Student Conference

New Student Conferences are a must! You will learn everything you need to work out to become an Aggie and sign up for your first semester of classes! Don’t forget to bring your family. We’d love to meet them. New Student & Family Programs are here to support your success as a new student. 

At your NSC, you’ll meet your academic advisors and learn more about your major and program. You must attend an NSC to register for your classes.


7. Prepare for your studies

The College of Architecture requires all freshmen, change of major and transfer students to have a desktop or laptop computer. New students are encouraged to purchase a laptop to ensure the mobility, longevity and compatibility of their programs, software and 21st century education. 

The college’s Office of Information Technology provides minimum recommended specifications for personal computers and laptops with additional guidelines for each department.