Jan 27, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Requirements for International Students on Arrival at TTU

  1. ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST. All international students whose native language is not English are required to take the Placement Exam if they have not taken the ACT or SAT exam. This includes English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or English composition. The cost of the English placement test is $20 for the initial test and $20 for any retakes thereafter. To take the English Placement test, a student must provide identification. Students that score below the established norm for placement in the Learning Support coursework may not take regular courses which require reading and writing (e.g. psychology, US History and Literature) until their English is at an acceptable level thus the student will be required to enroll in FLS International English courses.
  2. ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL). Unless specifically exempted by the Placement exam, all international students are required to take UNIV 1100 Learning Support for Writing I [taken concurrently with ENGL 1010 Writing I] and UNIV 1010 College Reading Improvement unless they provide an ACT or SAT score which exempts them from taking the exam; these classes must be completed during their first two semesters at TTU. International students will take ESL courses concurrently-FLS International center in the discipline which is recommended based on the Placement Exam concurrently with their major program of study courses. UNIV 1100 Learning Support Lab for Writing I is to be taken concurrently with ENGL 1010 ;  UNIV 1010 College Reading Improvement is a pre-requisite to HIST 2010  and HIST 2020 .
  3. PLACEMENT TEST. The Math Placement Exam will be administered to first-semester undergraduate international students who score less than 19 in the math portion of the ACT or less than 430 in the math portion of the SAT prior to enrollment. Some undergraduate international  students are required to take the English and reading portions of the Placement Exam after passing the FLS International English course. The purpose of these tests is to validate previous math and English study and/or placement in math and English courses. These tests are required by TTU’s governing body. The Math Placement Exam is also used by the Math Department for placement of students into appropriate mathematics classes, including Pre-calculus and Calculus I.
  4. AMERICAN HISTORY. All undergraduate international students who have not completed one unit in American history at the secondary school level or six hours of American history in previous college work must enroll in American history the first semester in residence and continue in consecutive semesters until they have earned six hours of American history (HIST 2010  and HIST 2020 ), if the student is exempted from language support such as UNIV 1010 College Reading Improvement; UNIV 1100 Learning Support for Writing I; or FLS International Language support in reading and writing.

International students who are required to take FLS International coursework must enroll in American history upon completion of the ESL courses provided by FLS International and UNIV1010 College Reading Improvement and continue in consecutive semesters until they have earned six hours in American history (HIST 2010  and HIST 2020 ).

All international students should report to the Office of International Education upon arrival at TTU. The staff will assist the international student with checking into the residence hall, depositing checks, registration, etc., at the beginning of the semester. International services and programs are administered in this office.

All non-immigrant F-l and J-1 international students will be required to purchase and maintain health insurance. The student’s individual or TTU coverage must include medical expenses for accident, illness, evacuation, and repatriation.

International students who wish to apply for admission to the Graduate School should address correspondence to the Office of Graduate Studies and should use the Graduate School application at www.tntech.edu/eo/.