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International Freshman

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. and have no college coursework (or are transferring less than 15 credit hours from an accredited university). 

Admissions Requirements

Minimum Grades / Marks Meets English Requirements
Equivalent GPA 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale) Yes

English Language Proficiency Requirement

TOEFL (iBT) TOEFL (PBT) IELTS Overall Duolingo English Test SAT Total / Creative Writing ACT Composite / English
79 550 6.5 105 1170/530 24/21


Term Application Type Open Date Close Date Transcripts Due 
Spring 2021 International Freshman 8/1/2020 10/1/2020 10/9/2020
Summer 2021 International Freshman 8/1/2020 4/1/2021 4/8/2021
Fall 2021 International Freshman 8/1/2020 5/31/2021 6/7/2021

  Steps to Apply

  1. Apply Online

    Submit your application to using either the Apply Texas Application or The Common Application. Submit just one application.

  2.  Pay Application Fee 

    You must submit a nonrefundable $90 application fee with a credit or debit card, check, or money order. Money orders can be made out to the University of Houston, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 4434 University Drive, Houston, TX 77204.

  3. Submit Official Test Scores

    Test scores should be sent directly from the testing agency. Our code for ACT is 4236; SAT is 6870; TOEFL is 6870. 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.

  4. Submit Transcripts by Mail

    Send official secondary school or high-school academic records (transcripts, mark sheets, graduation certificate) in a sealed envelope to the University of Houston Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 4434 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204

  5. Upload Your Transcript

    While you may still have your transcript sent electronically or via mail, you may also upload an official or unofficial transcript to your  myUH self-service account to complete your application. Freshman applicants can submit a PDF copy of their unofficial transcript through their myUH account using the following steps: 

    • Log in to your  myUH account
    • Select the “Student Center” tile
    • Locate your “To Do” list on the top right side of the page
    • Select “Details/Upload Document”
    • Select the “Upload/View Document” link for the “High School Transcript”
    • Select the “Upload File” button and select your unofficial transcript (Must be in PDF format)
    • Navigate through the prompts
  6. Submit Immigration Documents

    All applicants are required to submit a copy of their passport ID page(s).

    1. F-1s in the U.S. are required to submit a copy of page 1 and 2 of the SEVIS I-20 and a copy of their I-94 record.
    2. J-1s in the U.S. are required to submit a copy of page 1 of the DS-2019 and a copy of their I-94 record.
  7.   Submit Financial Documents

    Official bank statements issued no older than (6) months.

    1. Bank statements must have an original signature from the bank agent and or an official stamp/seal of the issuing bank.
    2. The amount should be at least $38,700.
    3. Multiple funding sources are acceptable as long as the sum of the funding available meets the academic year estimate.
    4. Multiple sponsors are acceptable. However, each sponsor must sign an Affidavit of Support. Students supporting themselves must also sign an Affidavit of Support.

    Acceptable financial documents include:

    1. Statement from the bank signed by agent or bank stamp/seal
    2. Letter written from bank with the amount clearly indicated in U.S. dollars
    3. Checking, savings, or certificate of deposit statements
    4. Scholarship letters
    5. Letters showing government funding

Required Items for I-20 Form (F-1 Visa)

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 (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 Letter of Financial Backing Form must be less than six months old from the date of the sponsor(s)’ signature(s).
  • Bank Statement. The bank statement must be less than six months old, and it must indicate a minimum balance of USD $38,700 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. International students seeking an I-20 from the University of Houston must provide a physical address outside the United States in their home country using the International Address Form

International transfer students must contact your current International Advisor to complete the   I-20/DS-2019 Transfer Form  and request for your current school to release your SEVIS record to University of Houston-System.  

Choose Option to Receive I-20

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:

  1. Go to the University Express Mail Service (UEMS)
  2. Select "Student Sign Up"
  3. Create an account
  4. Select the University of Houston as your school and the Office of Admissions as the department
  5. 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.