Feb 06, 2023  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2011-2012 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 Embassies and Sponsoring Agencies 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/international/).

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 admit international 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. The admission  requirements for international students applying to college for the first time are as follows:



Be at least 16 years of age.



Graduate from a Secondary School with proof of such with diploma and support documentation showing all years of high school course work.



Demonstrate competence in basic courses at the secondary level that are closely related to the intended major program of study at the University.



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. 




.$30 non-refundable application fee.



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.




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




2 A Grade (College of Junior College Level)


TOEIC -Test of English for International Communication



ITEPS (The International Test of English Proficiency)



Pearson PTE




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)



Cambridge IGCSE or O Level English

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





English 19 *can be used to replace the TOEFL requirement


Math 19


Reading 19




Critical Reading 460 *can be used to replace the TOEFL requirement


Math 460


Students interested in scholarships should submit a score of 600 or more.


*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 COMPASS exam in reading, writing and math.  If the COMPASS exam shows the student needs additional English support, then he/she must enroll in additional English language courses, taught through the FLS International center at TTU.  These courses will likely delay the start of a student’s academic program.  Students may also be asked to take the COMPASS math, reading and writing test again in Learning Support at the end of their FLS international coursework.


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 Compass exam prior to registering for classes. The students whose Compass Exam results do not meet the requirements for Learning Support courses or English Composition will be required to enroll in classes at FLS International. 


      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, accompanied by a certified English translation. Students who have advanced placement credits such as the SAT Subjects exam, GCE levels (A-levels, O-levels, AS-levels), International baccalaureate (IB), Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), 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.


International Undergraduate Students who plan to transfer credits from a university or college program from abroad are 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 WES, Josef Silny, Global Credential Evaluators, and Foreign Academic Credential Service. 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. The Office of International Student Affairs is not responsible for the acceptance or denial of coursework of the academic departments.


       A student must also submit a bank document from the student’s parent or sponsor verifying the student has sufficient funds to sponsor their program of study.  We recommend the student contact the immigration specialist in the Office of International Student Affairs.  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 Student Affairs 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). 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 excellent grades and high ACT or SAT scores.


       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.


5.    Non-immigrant students graduating who are studying in the USA 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, Mump, and Rubella (MMR) vaccinations/ inoculations and submit a TB skin test with proof of a negative result in writing or  xrays (with proof being TB free) or visit TTU’s Health services office to have the required test or inoculations (these test 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. The student health forms can be found at the Health Services website at http://www.tntech.edu/healthservices/forms/.  Students can either send the inoculations directly to TTU’s health services or to  the Office of ISA at PO Box 5093 Cookeville TN 38505.


International Students will be permitted to enter the USA from abroad at least 60 days prior to the beginning of the semester. 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.fmjfee.com/i90fee/ Frequently asked questions on the SEVIS fee can be found at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq4.htm. 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.