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Here, diversity is more than just a buzzword. It’s a way of life. It’s what happens when you drop a diverse student body into the middle of the fourth-largest city in America, surrounded by astronauts, Fortune 500 businesses, and magnetic sports teams. It’s what happens when your students come from over 45 states and 130 countries around the world. It’s what happens when your campus is truly a place for everyone. No matter who you are, we have a lot to offer.
You'll apply as an international freshman student if you plan to attend the University of Houston:
- with citizenship from a country outside the U.S.
- have no college coursework (or have less than 15 credit hours from an accredited university).
- have an equivalent GPA 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale).*
- meet English Language Requirements.* Learn more.
English Language Requirements
All applicants, regardless of citizenship status, must demonstrate proficiency in English to obtain admission to the university. To fulfill this requirement, you must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:
Test Score Requirements
|TOEFL (iBT)||TOEFL (PBT)||IELTS Overall||Duolingo English Test||SAT Total / Creative Writing*||ACT Composite / English*|
The testing agency should mail official IELTS score reports to the University of Houston, Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
*SAT/ACT scores are only required for special programs.
Important Dates and Deadlines
Spring 2021 Application
November 1, 2020
Summer 2021 Application
April 1, 2021
Fall 2021 Application
May 31, 2021
Fall 2021 Scholarship Priority Deadline
November 8, 2020
Use these codes to send your test scores to us directly from the testing agency:
Application materials may be due later than the application deadline. See all dates and deadlines.
Submit Test Scores
Send official test scores directly from the testing agency. SAT/ACT scores are only required for special programs. Please note that TOEFL/IELTS test scores expire two full years after the test date.
Submit Academic Records
Send official* secondary school or high school academic records (transcripts, mark sheets, graduation certificate, etc.), preferably submitted electronically through your school counselor via email or the Common Application.
Check Your Application Status
Check your application status in your my.uh.edu self-service portal.
Receive Your I-20
Admitted students are notified by email and provided instructions to receive an I-20.
Submit these materials after admission:
- Passport ID
- Financial Documents
- International Address Form
Receiving Your I-20
The following items are required to apply for an F-1 visa or maintain F-1 visa status. Upload your documents to your myUH self-service account at accessuh.uh.edu. (All documents must be uploaded as a PDF file.) Please note that the I-20 form and its required items do not need to be completed by application deadlines.
Letter of Financial Backing Form
The bank statement must be less than six months old, and it must indicate a minimum balance of USD $38,930 or the equivalent. To upload: If you have more than one page, please save all pages into one PDF file before uploading.
Copy of biometric page of current passport
Submit a copy of your biometric page of your current passport (and U.S. visa, if available).
International Address Form
Delivery and Pick Up Options
Choose how you want to receive your I-20 from the three options below.
Option 1: Regular Overseas Mail
Overseas mail takes 4-6 weeks. If you want your I-20 sent by regular overseas mail, no response is required. Your I-20 will be sent by regular overseas mail to the address indicated on your International Address Form. Please do not e-mail to confirm your overseas address.
Option 2: Express Mail
With this option, you will receive your I-20 within 5 days after processing. Express mail is at the expense of the student. To select express mail:
- Go to the University Express Mail Service (UEMS)
- Select "Student Sign Up"
- Create an account
- Select the University of Houston as your school and the Office of Admissions as the department
- Enter your mailing, payment, and myUH ID
Option 3: Pick Up
Student I-20’s will be available for pick-up upon receipt of the I-20 Release Form. A confirmation e-mail for pick-up will be sent 3-5 business days from the date the release form is submitted.
Admissions counselors are experts when it comes to applying to the University of Houston. If you'd like to talk to an admissions counselor for admissions support, we're offering virtual advising by appointment. Please note that admissions counselors do not provide support with course selection or registration.
And even though we're currently not offering in-person visits, our virtual visits will give you a feel for student life and an in-depth look at the academic colleges. You can also request a call from a UH Student Ambassador to get more insight into the student experience at UH.