Jan 28, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission of International Students: Undergraduate Study

Tennessee Technological University encourages its faculty, staff, and administrators to foster the enrollment of qualified international students in suitable programs, to work with Government Embassies and Sponsoring Agencies, Overseas Accredited Recruiters (Agents) and Intensive English programs to attract students whose academic potential has already been recognized in their home countries, and to provide appropriate services for international students who enroll at the University. Admissions applications for international students may be obtained from Tennessee Tech’s website: (www.tntech.edu/internationaladmissions/).

An international student is classified for educational purposes as a person who is a citizen and permanent resident of a country other than the United States. Tennessee Tech University is authorized under Federal law to enroll non immigrant alien students.

All international students whose native language is not English must have an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score or its equivalent (whether another English based test or Certificate from an accredited Intensive English language Program. The admission requirements for international students applying to college for the first time are as follows:

1. Be at least 16 years of age.
2. Graduate from a Secondary School with proof of such with diploma and support documentation showing all years of high school course work.
3. Demonstrate competence in basic courses at the secondary level that are closely related to the intended major program of study at the University.
4. International students who will be applying for a student visa are recommended to complete the application 3 to 6 months in advance. Students who reside in the USA may apply up to one month in advance. The following items are required for final admission:
  a. $40 non-refundable application fee.
  b. Test which demonstrates proficient English skills (for students from countries where English is not the primary language).  TOEFL test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency. Please use the institution code of 1804 when requesting that scores be submitted directly to TTU. A TOEFL institutional score of 490 or its equivalent on the internet based TOEFL or Computer Based TOEFL will be acceptable for a provisionally admitted student and the student must maintain 2.0 cumulative grade point average by the end of the 2nd semester or the student will be dismissed. Acceptance of Institutional TOEFL scores originating from Intensive English Language Programs (copy  accepted since only one copy is issued or guaranteed by school administrator). If TOEFL test scores are not available, then alternative tests can be submitted for admission.  Students may provide an alternate test such as ONE OF THE FOLLOWING (which can be used in place of the TOEFL requirement). 
        Please provide one of the following tests for Admission to TTU to replace the TOEFL test:
    TEST ORIGINATOR Minimum Score required
    TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language 490 paper-based
163 computer-based
57 internet-based
    IELTS – International English Language Testing System 5.0
    EIKEN 2 A Grade (College of Junior College Level)
    TOEIC -Test of English for International Communication 580
    ITEPS (The International Test of English Proficiency) 4.5
    Pearson Test of English (PTE) 52
      ELS level 109
      FLS International Level 7
    English Language Program Levels International English Institute Nashville Level 6
      The Language Company Level 8
    Michigan Test (MELAB) 80
    Cambridge IGCSE or O Level English with an E or better Level O/A/ AS levels
    International Baccalaureate (IB Credit) IB credit of C or better in the IB English course
    Two semesters or three quarters of college-level English composition from an accredited college or university (Non-USA based schools may require the WES or another NACES member). C grade or better from an accredited US Canadian/British/New Zealand or Australian based college
    ACT English score of 17 or higher (19 *can be used to replace the TOEFL requirement)
      Math 19
      Reading 19
    SAT Critical Reading score of 420 or higher (460 *can be used to replace the TOEFL requirement)
      Math 460


  *Note: TTU offers conditional letter of admission to applicants who meet the academic and financial requirements but whose English language proficiency does not meet the levels for full admission.  Students who receive a Conditional letter of admission must provide one of the English test scores or provide proof of completion of one of the ESL Language Center completion levels. The student upon arrival at TTU to assess their need for additional language instruction must take the Placement Exam in reading, writing and math.  If the Placement exam shows the student needs additional English support, then he/she must enroll in additional English language courses, taught through Learning Support, or the ESL 1010 or ESL 1020 classes offered in the Foreign Language Department or future Intensive English-language programs.  These courses will likely delay the start of a student’s academic program.  Students may also be asked to take the Placement Exam in math, reading and writing test again in Learning Support at the end of their Intensive English- language programs.
  International Undergraduate students who complete advanced levels at partnered Intensive English-language Programs will be permitted to enroll at Tennessee Tech University by waiving the English test score requirement. These students must meet all other requirements for admission at TTU. These students must also take the reading, writing, and math Placement Exam prior toregistering for classes. The students whose Placement Exam results do not meet the requirements for Learning Support courses or English Composition will be required to enroll in additional English courses as mentioned above.

Students must also provide an official academic record, which includes all courses and all years completed at the secondary(high school) level, which includes grades earned, final examination scores, diplomas, matriculation record or leaving certificate. The admission decision will be based on the student’s own educational grading system. All records should be in the original language with the institution’s seal, records from nations in which the first language is not English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have advanced placement credits such as the AP, SAT Subjects exam, GCE levels (A-levels, O-levels, AS-levels),International baccalaureate (IB), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM or STPM), CXC, Abitur from Germany,  IGCSE, HKALE, Studentsprof/Menntaskoili and Italian Maturita exam scores must provide these documents during their application. As a result, the students will be eligible for credit (there is a limit of 33 credits can be used for a student’s program of study).


International Undergraduate Students who plan to transfer credits from a university or college program from abroad must be from an accredited university, which can be verified via the World Higher Education Database which is located at: http://www.whed.net/home.php which covers 181 countries.


Students will need to provide course descriptions in English for the Chairs of the various departments to assign transfer credit. 


If an institution is not listed in the World Higher Education Database, the applicant will be required to have all transcripts evaluated by an accredited evaluation firm which can be found at NACES website which is listed at: http://www.naces.org/members.htm. The student’s home institution is required to submit originals to the selected evaluation firm. Some of the most commonly used evaluation firms include Educational Perspectives (www.edperspectives.com) WES, Josef Silny, Global Credential Evaluators, and Foreign Academic Credential Service.


Course descriptions in English are required for the departments to properly evaluate a student’s overseas coursework.

  d. Upon arrival to TTU, the student must meet with the departments pertaining to their courses to determine if the individual department chairpersons will assign and transfer credit in regards to equivalency of each class.
  e. The Office of International Education is not responsible for the acceptance or denial of coursework of the academic departments.

Students who plan to apply for an F-1 visa or J-1 visa must also submit a bank document from their personal bank account or the student’s parent or sponsor verifying the student has sufficient funds to sponsor their program of study for one year.  We recommend the student contact the immigration specialist in the Office of International Education. The letter from the bank must provide proof of the funds on deposit, indicating the availability of the funds and the period for which the funds have been on deposit. Please contact the Office of International Education to determine the minimum balance for issuance of ones I-20. The estimate of fees includes tuition and registration fees, books and supplies, room cost, meal cost, grooming, insurance, recreation and travel, for three semesters or one academic year. TTU offers financial assistance in the form of part-time work on campus at minimum wage with a limit of 20 hours per week (positions are competitive and not guaranteed). International Undergraduate scholarships are available for new undergraduate students, please contact the Director of International Education for the application and requirements.  A student must apply and be accepted to be given consideration for any of the Office of International Education’s scholarships.  Short-term loans are available in emergency cases. Grants or scholarships available for non-immigrant F-1 or J-1 students are extremely limited. Deadline for scholarships from the departments, need-based and academic, is December 15th, the year before the term. December 15th is the deadline for both the fall and spring terms. The Honors program offers scholarships for students with a GPA of 3.5 and a very high ACT or SAT scores. International Undergraduate scholarship deadline is March to May of the year before. Honor’s also provides the Honor’s Academic Scholarships which is awarded to students charged out of state tuition. 


A housing application for living on campus is available at http://www.tntech.edu/reslife/applications/. There is a $100 deposit, which is not transferable. Students may request a refund if they know they will not be attending TTU 2 months in advance to their start date. International students are not required to live on campus and international’s living on campus are recommended to stay in the Global Village of M.S. Cooper and Pinkerton Hall. 


Non-immigrant students graduating who are studying in a US High school must submit the following additional documents to complete their application to TTU:

  • A photocopy of the passport showing the expiration date and bio page.
  • A photocopy of their current visa.
  • A photocopy of the current I-20 or DS2019.
  • International Advisor’s Reference Form will need to be submitted to TTU from your current program advisor (this form is available from TTU’s Immigration Specialist.)

Students must also complete and submit student health forms prior to the beginning of classes.  Students must provide proof of 2 doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations/ inoculations and submit a TB skin test with proof of a negative result in writing or x-rays (with proof being TB free) or visit TTU’s Health services office to have the required test or inoculations (these tests are not free). The Varicella (Chicken Pox) vaccine is also required for students who cannot show proof of a previous diagnosis as a child or adult. The vaccine requires two inoculations. Students who do not complete the above inoculations/vaccines will not be eligible to register full-time until these exams and inoculations are completed. If students cannot locate their proof of inoculations, they may request a blood test called a titer to determine if the students have the antibodies–thus removing the requirement of proof for MMR, and Chickenpox.  The student health forms can be found at the Health Services website at https://www.tntech.edu/healthservices/forms.php. Students can either send the inoculations directly to TTU’s health services or to  the Office of International Education at PO Box 5093 1 William L Jones Dr room 135 Cookeville TN 38505.


International Students will be permitted to enter the USA from abroad at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester. TTU is permitted to issue the I-20 only 120 days before the start date of the semester they will attend. An F-l student should not leave home prior to receiving a TTU Certificate of Admission and the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility). A J-l student should not leave home prior to receiving a TTU Certificate of Admission and the DS 2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status). Before applying for one’s visa, a student must pay the SEVIS fee of $200 at https://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901. Frequently asked questions on the SEVIS fee can be found at https://fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html. Students who are initially applying for a visa MUST pay the SEVIS fee (I-901). Students presently in the USA do not need to this requirement. These documents, as well as the sponsor’s financial letter must be presented to the certifying officer at the American Consulate General’s office in order to obtain an F-l or J-l visa.