Arizona State University is ranked one of the best universities in the world. When you study at ASU, you will enjoy prestigious faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant community of students from more than 150 countries in the world. At ASU, you can choose from more than 300 undergraduate degree programs that will lead you to a successful career path.
How to apply to ASU undergraduate programs
An international student is a student on a J-1 or F-1 visa who is not a citizen of, or a permanent resident of, or a refugee in the United States of America.
- Freshmen must have a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) (a "B" or better where "A"=4.00) from a secondary school.
- Transfer students must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (a "C+" or better where "A"=4.00) from a college or university. Some ASU programs require a minimum transfer GPA of 3.00, including the W. P. Carey School of Business and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
- Some ASU programs may have higher admission requirements and may require a
minimum ACT or SAT score.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
Applicants whose native language is not English (identified by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Public Affairs) must provide evidence of English language proficiency. The English proficiency requirement may be fulfilled by meeting one of the following:
- Minimum score of 500 (paper-based), 173 (computer-based), or 61 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- Minimum overall band of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
- Minimum Pearson Test of English (PTE) of 53.
Note: Some ASU colleges/schools have higher English proficiency requirements. For example, The ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering require a higher TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based) or 79 (internet-based) as well as an IELTS score of 6.5. And, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism requires a higher TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 (internet-based), an IELTS score of 7.0 and a PTE score of 73.
Exceptions to the English (TOEFL/IELTS) Requirement:
- Applicants who have completed their junior and senior years in a U.S. high school with SAT Verbal score of 550 or ACT English score of 23.
- Applicants who have completed a minimum of 48 transferable semester credits including six credits of freshman English composition at a U.S. college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher.
- Applicants holding a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
- Applicants who have completed four years of high school in a U.S. high school. These applicants are subject to high school competency requirements.
- Applicants who have successfully completed the Advanced 2 level of the American English and Culture Program at Arizona State University.
ASU may offer conditional undergraduate admission to international applicants who meet the academic (aptitude) requirement but do not meet the minimum English proficiency standards. Through conditional admission, students must first successfully complete the Advanced 2 level of the English language course at ASU's American English and Culture Program or fulfill the ASU English Language Proficiency requirement as stated above before being allowed to enroll in university courses.
Note: ASU reserves the right to independently test any student’s English proficiency upon arrival, including those who have earned scores satisfying minimum admission criteria, and may require support classes if the demonstrated level of English proficiency is not sufficient for academic success.
International students who attended four years of high school in the U.S. are required to meet the competency requirements.
- English: four years (composition/literature based).
- Math: four years - algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite.
- Laboratory Science: three years total (1 year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences, and physics).
- Social Science: two years (including one year American history).
- Foreign Language: two years (same language).
- Fine Arts: one year.
Higher Requirements for Some ASU Schools/Colleges
Some ASU colleges/schools have higher standards for admission into their programs. International applicants must meet general university international admission requirements as well as the appropriate freshman or transfer program requirements of their major. Search for your degree for more details.
ASU offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships for highly qualified international freshman students who are non-immigrant, nonresident and degree seeking. To be considered for this competitive scholarship, you must submit your application for admission by April 1, 2015. There is no separate scholarship application to complete. For more information, visit New American University Scholarship. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
You must submit your application for admission to ASU, along with the application fee, by the deadline specified for each semester. In order to expedite the evaluation of your application, please remember to submit official transcripts, test scores and supporting credentials along with your application.
Spring 2015: Nov. 1, 2014
Summer 2015: Feb. 1, 2015
Note: Applications for summer that are not completed in time for the start of the summer session, will be reviewed for admission for fall 2015.
Fall 2015: May 1, 2015
Note: International students who have been admitted for the fall semester who would like to begin attending classes during the summer must contact Admission Services by May 1, 2015. Otherwise, I-20s will be created for the fall semester.
New American University Scholarship: April 1, 2015
Make sure to apply as early as possible to allow time for all documentation and processes to be completed.
1. Complete the undergraduate application for admission.
Submit your application for admission online and send the all supporting documents (application fee, transcripts, test scores and financial guarantee) to:
International Undergraduate Admissions
Student Services Building
P.O. Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
International Undergraduate Admissions
Student Services Building
1151 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112
For more information, call 480-965-2437 or email email@example.com.
2. Submit the nonrefundable application fee.
The application fee is $65 (U.S. Dollars). If you did not submit your application fee with your admission application, you may make your payment through My ASU or submit payment in the form of a check or money order drawn on a U.S. Banking Affiliate and made payable to Arizona State University. Do not send cash or international postal money orders. Application fees cannot be waived or transferred to a future application.
3. Request that your official transcript be sent directly from your school(s) to Undergraduate Admissions.
Official transcripts are certified copies of official documents from each secondary school, college, university and/or technical schools attended. Records must include courses completed, grades or marks earned, and certificates or degrees awarded. Include a certified English translation of all documents not written in English.
Upon graduation or completion of the semester, request that a final transcript be sent directly to ASU to determine final admission status. If your school(s) cannot send them directly to ASU, you may send them making sure they meet one of the following requirements:
- Original academic credentials issued by the registrar of the institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of the institution’s registrar, academic official or recognized international organization.
- Photocopies of academic credentials that have been verified as true copies of the original by a responsible official of the institution attended or by an educational representative of the country’s government or embassy. Each page must bear the verifying official’s signature and stamp.
- Photocopies of international academic credentials on file with the registrar of an institution you previously attended in the U.S.
- Photocopies of academic credentials that have been certified by a recognized international educational organization, such as the U.S. Educational Foundation, AMIDEAST or the Institute for International Education.
Any document ASU receives becomes property of ASU and will not be returned to you.
Photocopies certified by a notary public are not official. Scanned copies are also not accepted in lieu of original official academic documents.
All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation.
You must have one set of official transcripts from every high school, college and university from which you earned a high school diploma sent to ASU (see mailing address).
Upon graduation or completion of the semester, request that a final transcript be sent directly to ASU to determine final admission status.
4. Submit evidence of English language proficiency.
Have your TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly to ASU.
TOEFL: The official TOEFL score report can be sent directly to ASU from the Educational Testing Service. ASU's TOEFL institutional code is 4007. For information about this test and registration procedures, contact ETS at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or visit www.toefl.org.
IELTS: For information about this test and registration procedures, contact the IELTS Office, University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge/CB1 2EU, UK or visit www.ielts.org.
PTE: For information about the Pearson Test of English, visit http://www.pearsonpte.com/Pages/home.aspx.
5. Submit your ACT or SAT scores.
If you have taken the ACT or SAT, please submit official scores to Undergraduate Admissions. Some ASU colleges/schools have minimum ACT/SAT score requirements for entrance to their programs.
Items to Consider
- Admission to ASU cannot be determined until your file is complete and all of your credentials are evaluated.
- You must enroll full-time each semester.
- Students holding F-2 visas cannot attend ASU on a full-time basis.
- All international students on F-1 or J-1 visas must provide a Financial Guarantee to show evidence of sufficient funds available for their students before their SEVIS Form I-20 can be issued. Learn more.