International Students

We value diversity and encourage international students to apply to our graduate school program!

An International applicant is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States who will be studying under an immigrant or non-traditional visa type including, but not limited to, the following visa types:

  • F-1/F-2 student visa
  • J-1/J-2: exchange visitor visa
  • H-4/H1-B: specialty occupation visa

Official Documents

Official Documents must be sent directly to Graduate Studies from the granting institutions and/or education testing services:

Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi 
Office of Recruitment & Admissions
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5774
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

The requirements for getting into graduate school are the same for international students as domestic ones. However, in addition to the documents listed on the Application Process page, international applicants must also submit the following documents to the College of Graduate Studies:

  • Copy of Current Visa (if applicable)
  • Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi is currently evaluating official foreign transcripts provided in English by the international college or university for in‑house use only until February 28, 2017. If the transcript is not in English, official translations must be provided with the native language transcript. Official translations must be prepared by a recognized translation service and include all original seals and/or signatures.  
    • All documents received by TAMUCC become the property of TAMUCC and will not be released to the applicant.
    • Foreign Transcripts are considered official if they have an original signature of a school official or an original school seal. Accepted signatures include the Registrar, Principal, or The Ministry of Education. Photocopies or other duplications of a transcript, such as notarized copies, faxed, or scanned documents are not considered official.
    • In order to be considered official, transcripts must not be altered in any way (lamination, writing, etc). 
    • Consolidated transcripts or provisional mark-sheets are not considered official. Please ask the registrar of the university to send individual mark-sheets that list grades earned in each term.
    • ***All transcripts or mark sheets that are submitted by email or fax are not considered official and will not be reviewed or processed for admission. ***
    • For transcripts from China, Cuba, Russia, and the Ukraine, TAMUCC will accept English Translations from the following companies:
  • Effective on March 1, 2017, the University requires all transcripts from international colleges and universities to be evaluated by a certified evaluation agency approved by the Executive Director of Recruitment and Admissions and require the evaluation report to be submitted by the agency to the Office of Recruitment and Admissions.  A list of approved evaluation agencies may be obtained at the following website:http://admissions.tamucc.edu/international/intl_freshman/apply.html

NOTE: Applicants who hold a 3 year bachelor degree's must be determined that the 3 year degree is equivalent to a U.S bachelor's degree by the evaluation agency.

  • English Language Proficiency. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English Proficiency before being admitted into a graduate program. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to be considered official. 
    • Official TOEFL Scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Minimum paper-based score of 550 or the equivalent internet-based score of 79-80 OR
    • Official IELTS Scores (International English Language Testing System) - Minimum score requirement: 6.5

International applicants are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score IF one of the following conditions is met:

      • The applicant completed a bachelor's degree at a U.S. or another English-only speaking country, or
      • The applicant successfully completed two years of instruction (taught in the English Language) at a U.S. or Canadian college.
      • Please visit the Office of Admissions website for a list of countries that are exempt from submitting a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Official Documents must be sent directly to Graduate Studies from the granting institutions and/or education testing services:

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 
Office of Recruitment & Admissions
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5774
Corpus Christi, TX 78412

Return to Application 


If the Degree Certificate/Diploma is not yet available, you may still apply for admission, but you will be REQUIRED to provide an official final transcript showing all courses and grades, and an English translation (if applicable) once you are admitted or within the first semester of enrollment. A hold will be placed on the students account and the student will not be able to continue with registration at TAMUCC until the official documentation is received. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the Degree Certificate, if your home country has convocation a year after completion of coursework you are responsible to obtain the document before the second semester of enrollment at TAMUCC.

 

Affidavit of Support

In order to be issued an I-20 you must provide an affidavit of support and a current bank statement indicating the balance in U.S dollars prior to the U.S. Consular interview. Please see this link for more information regarding the affidavit http://oie.tamucc.edu/international_students/admisson.html.  For any questions regarding this requirement contact the Office of International Education at (361) 825-2258 or karin.griffith@tamucc.edu.

 

Meningitis Vaccination Policy

All new students under the age of 22 must provide certified proof from a health practitioner that they have received a valid bacterial meningitis vaccination or booster within the last five years. Students must submit their proof of vaccination or a booster at least 10 days prior to the first day of class for the intended term of enrollment.   Click Here For More Information .

How to Submit Evidence of Vaccination or an Affidavit to Decline Vaccination

All documents pertaining to compliance with the bacterial meningitis vaccination policy should be mailed, faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered to Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi Office of Admissions. Applicants who wish to fax their documentation are asked to use the Office of Admissions Fax Cover Sheet.

Mailing Address: must be sent directly to Office of Admissions:

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Attn: Office of Admissions
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5774
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5774

Phone: 361.825.2624 or 1.800.4.TAMUCC

Fax: 361.825.5887

Email: admiss@tamucc.edu (Please type Meningitis Vaccination in the Subject Line)

Hand-Delivered: Student Services Center, Office of Admissions, Customer Service Kiosk

 

Tuberculosis Screening Policy

Tuberculosis is a potentially life-threatening disease that has the ability to spread quickly in the close confines of classrooms and dormitories on a college campus. Though TB is relatively uncommon in the United States, nearly one-third of the world’s population has the disease. Students from countries with a high incidence of tuberculosis and US-born students who have had extended visits to those countries are at a greater risk to be carrying the disease. Of those with the disease, most have the latent form. Even so, on a college campus it is important to take precautionary measures. Therefore, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) has developed a policy for mandatory TB screening of high risk international students based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and American College Health Association (ACHA) guidelines (Tuberculosis Screening and Targeted Testing of College and University Students, April 2012).

For more information on this policy and other health policies please visit the Health Center website

 

  • Does TAMU-CC  provide conditional admission for International students with incomplete files?  

No. We require all official documents and test scores before an application can be considered for admission.

  • Does TAMU-CC accept international three year programs as an equivalent U.S Bachelor?  

TAMUCC will accept three year Bachelor’s degree programs if the transcripts have been evaluated by one of the 5 acceptable evaluating agencies and the agency has determined the degree to be equivalent to a U.S Bachelor’s degree.

  • I received the following test scores (GRE XX/XX/XX, TOEFL YY), my class rank is ZZ, etc. Can you please tell me my chances for admission?

TAMU-CC cannot answer questions on chances of admission. The program admission committee considers the entire application when making a decision, so it is not possible to evaluate your chances of admission based on a few quantitative measures or unofficial documents  

  • May I submit copies of my transcripts or marksheets for graduate admission consideration?  

No. Official transcripts or marksheets from all attended institutions are required, including official proof (diploma or graduation certification) of completion of degree. 

  • I scored below the minimum TOEFL/IELTS required. Can you provide conditional admission while I retake the exam? 

No. Official test scores meeting the minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement will be required in order to be reviewed for admission unless you are applying as part of the ESLI program. Acceptable scores are:

    • Official TOEFL Scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - Minimum paper-based score of 550 or the equivalent internet-based score of 79-80 OR
    • Official IELTS Scores (International English Language Testing System) - Minimum score requirement: 6.5