International Freshman

How to Apply as an International Freshman

To apply as an International Freshman the following items must be received by the University of Houston by the international dates and deadlines. Please review the International Application Guide before you submit your documents.

  1. Apply Texas Application ( Submit a completed online Apply Texas Application for the University of Houston-Main Campus.
  2. Application Fee of $75. Submit your application with a credit card payment or mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions. Check or money order must be payable to: University of Houston. The application fee cannot be refunded, waived, or deferred.
  3. Official Academic Credentials. Submit all official secondary school transcripts, mark sheets and diplomas/certificates. Official academic credentials must be submitted in the original language (s) of issue and with an official English translation. Once submitted, all records become the property of the University of Houston and documents will not be returned.  For more specific information on accepted official academic credentials go to Official Transcripts and Related Documents
  4. Official Test Scores.
    • TOEFL or IELTS test scores- All applicants are required to show proof of English Language Proficiency. For acceptable test scores and/or exemptions go to English Language Proficiency and Exemptions.
    • SAT I or ACT test Scores- SAT or ACT scores are mandatory for applicants receiving secondary education in a native English-speaking country (click here for country list) or through an educational system of a native English-speaking country, such as the British “O” and “A” Levels. All international freshman applicants are highly recommended to submit SAT or ACT test scores exam to fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirement.  Submitting SAT or ACT scores will also assist in determining scholarship eligibility and providing an early admissions decision.

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University of Houston to be considered official. The institutional code for the University of Houston for SAT and TOEFL is 6870 and the ACT is 4236. There is no institutional code for the IELTS examination (the testing agency should mail the official results to the address below). The Office of Admissions will use the highest test score from one test date. Photocopies or other duplication of scores are not acceptable. TOEFL/IELTS scores must not be more than two years old.

The following items are required for I-20 Form.

In addition, applicants seeking to attend the University of Houston and require the I-20 Form for an F-1 student visa and/or to maintain their F-1 Visa status must submit the following items:

  1. Letter of Financial Backing Form with the sponsor’s original signature and original bank statement. This should include the signature of a parent, sponsor or relative to indicate sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your enrollment at the University of Houston. Note: Students on F or J visa are not eligible to sponsor other students. If self-sponsoring, you must include a recent bank statement showing assets of $28,600 US (undergraduate) which covers nine months of living expenses and fees.
  2. Copy of your passport showing your name, date of birth, country of birth, nationality and U.S. visa (when applicable).
  3. Student Address/Photo Identification Form
  4. Permission Release Form (Optional).  If you wish to give another person access to your file information, please submit this Permission Release Form
  5. I-20 Transfer Form. For admitted students to UH. International Students that are transferring to UH from another U.S. institution may submit an I-20 Transfer Form to move their documentation from their current school to University of Houston.
All required documents and credentials should be mailed to:
University of Houston
Office of Admissions
Welcome Center
4400 University Drive
Houston, Texas 77204-2023