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Admission for International Students

This information is for you if you are an international student who intends to complete undergraduate studies at APSU. If you are interested in graduate studies, please e-mail GradStudies@apsu.edu.

Applying for Undergraduate Admission

  • Submit an application for admission online or print and submit the paper application.  Priority application deadline is April 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester.
  • Pay the nonrefundable $15 application fee.
  • Submit certified copies of your academic transcripts, certificates, diplomas and degrees well in advance of the date you intend to enroll.
  • Submit SAT, ACT, or COMPASS scores.
  • Submit TOEFL scores or IELTS scores or successful completion of Austin Peay State University’s ESL Institute’s University Transfer Track with a recommendation from the ESL Institute. 
  • Submit Certificate of Immunization.
  • Submit proof of medical insurance.
  • Submit an Affidavit of Financial Support.

All official transcripts, scores, financial support and immunization information must be submitted before an I-20 can be issued.  These documents must be received by  July 1 for fall semester and by December 1 for spring semester.

Transcripts

When necessary, documents must be translated to English. If the transcript is not in English, a translation must accompany the documents. Hand-delivered transcripts are not acceptable. You can print a Transcript Request Form to mail to your former school(s).  The translation and evaluation of transcripts can be completed by Global Education Group (www.globaledu.com) or World Education Services (www.wes.org).

Test Scores

I.  All international applicants are required to submit proof of proficiency in the English language.

1.  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam scores are required of all international applicants, as follows: A minimum score of 500 on the paper-based exam or a minimum score of 173 on the computer-based exam or a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based exam. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.  Original results of the TOEFL must be sent directly from the testing agency to Austin Peay. List institutional code 1028 on the test to have scores sent to APSU. To obtain TOEFL information, write to:
TOEFL, Educational Testing Service
Princeton, New Jersey 08541, U.S.A.

OR

2. International English Language Testing System exam scores are required of all international applicants.  A minimum score of 6.0 is required.  IELTS scores are valid for two years.  Original results of the IELTS must be sent directly from the testing agency to Austin Peay. 

TOEFL or IELTS scores will not be required from an international applicant, if:

1. English is the native language of the applicant’s country of citizenship, or

2. The applicant has been conferred a Bachelor’s degree from a United States accredited, four-year college or university, which is confirmed by an official transcript, or

3. The applicant has taken at least one full semester of English composition (not developmental or remedial) at a United States college or university and received a grade of “C” or better, which is confirmed by an official transcript, or

4. If the applicant is a new freshman, consideration of a TOEFL or IELTS score requirement exemption will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Admissions.

5. If the applicant is an exchange student, consideration of a TOEFL score requirement exemption will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Director of Admissions.

6. If the applicant successfully completes the Austin Peay State University's ESL Institute's University Transfer Track with a recommendation from the ESL Institute. 

 

II.  Schedule a time to take the COMPASS test, which will provide you and your academic advisor with important information about your individual skills, preparation and educational needs. E-mail admissions@apsu.edu for assistance scheduling the COMPASS test.

III. If you have taken the SAT or ACT test, request your official test scores to be sent directly to Austin Peay State University.  The school code for SAT is 1028 and for ACT is 3944.

All applicants to Austin Peay State University must be placed as developmental or proficient in all academic areas (reading, mathematics, and writing), based on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS scores.  Any student who is placed as remedial in any of these three areas cannot be admitted to APSU. 

Immunization and Medical Insurance

You must submit a medical certificate from a licensed physician or other medical authority verifying you do not have tuberculosis. Certificate must be dated at least 30 days before the first day of classes.

You must provide documents proving you have medical and hospitalization insurance.  If you do not provide evidence of adequate insurance before class registration begins, you will be automatically enrolled in the Student/Scholar Health and Accident Insurance Plan and the cost will be added to your student fees. When you arrive at Austin Peay, please go to Ellington Building, Room 104, to present a copy of your health insurance policy including term of enrollment, in English, and verification of payment for the semester(s) that you will be attending.

Have a licensed health care provider complete the Certificate of Immunization, then submit it to APSU’s Office of Admission.

Complete and submit the Immunization Health History Form.

Financial Evidence

Provide evidence of sufficient financial resources.  Submit an Affidavit of Support and Financial Statement for F1 visa  or Affidavit of Support and Financial Statement for J1 visaThis form evidences your ability to pay all required educational and living costs. This form must be on file before an I-20 or DS-2019 can be issued.

An international applicant is required to certify that he/she will have available the funds listed in the affidavit of support and financial statement (depending on residence hall selected) for nine months or 12 months at Austin Peay State University, exclusive of travel expenses. All fees are subject to change without notice. These fees are based on on-campus living; off campus accommodations may be more expensive.

For dependents to be included on the I-20AB, add $3,500 per academic year for your spouse and $2,000 per academic year for each child. Spouses of F-1 visa holders are not permitted to work under any circumstances. Spouses of J-1 visa holders may obtain permission to work only for his or her and the children’s support.

“First Friend”

Go here if you would like to be paired with an American student who can ease your transition to the United States.

Maintaining F-1 Student Status

Click here to see information on maintaining your F-1 status.

SEVIS Fee

All non-immigrants who are initially issued a Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 are required to pay the SEVIS Fee. Please visit the following Web site, http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901, for information on the fee payment.

ESL Institute

Services and programs for prospective students whose second language is English can be sought via the English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute at http://www.apsu.edu/esl.  

Transferring to APSU from another institution in the United States

All records must be in English. Since certificates and records filed are not returned, you should send certified copies if the documents in question cannot be easily replaced.

The institution you have been attending must submit photocopies of the following documents to the APSU Office of Admissions:

Your secondary school(s) and other college(s) must send official or certified copies of your transcripts, certificates and diplomas directly to the Office of Admissions. If the transcript is not in English, a translation must accompany the documents. Hand-delivered transcripts are not acceptable. Click here to print a Transcript Request Form you can mail to your former school(s).

If you wish to receive college credit for classes taken at foreign institutions, you must also provide a course-by-course evaluation of all post-secondary transcripts. This evaluation may be completed by Global Education Group or World Education Services.

If you are an F-1 student at another university and are authorized to work off-campus due to economic hardship, you will be required to re-apply for off-campus work authorization at APSU once your SEVIS record is transferred.