International first-year student admission

Review the requirements and follow the steps below to apply to become an international first-year student at ASU.

Applying to ASU as an international student

Academic requirements

First-year students must have a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) (a "B" or better where "A"=4.00) from a secondary school.

Some ASU programs may have higher admission or English proficiency requirements and may consider a minimum ACT or SAT score.

Must have three years of high school work (If you are currently in high school, ASU needs to see 9–11 grade work. If you have completed high school then ASU needs to see 10–12 grade work).

Must have and present a completed high school diploma or certificate. Competency requirements

Competency requirements

International students who completed high school outside the U.S. are required to meet the following competency requirements:

  • Math: four years (algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite).

  • Laboratory science: three years total (one year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences and physics).

International students who attended four years of high school in the U.S. are required to meet the competency requirements.

Comparable degree requirements in different countries and territories

Arizona State University recognizes that educational systems are different across the world. To help you determine if your academic credentials are comparable to a U.S. high school degree and to understand the documents that need to be submitted for admission, please review the requirements for the country from which your credential was earned.

U.S Citizen?

If you are a U.S. citizen and completed all of your coursework in the U.S., visit our domestic first-year admission web page.

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How to apply to ASU

Step 01

Complete the undergraduate application for admission.

Apply online with ASU’s Application for Admission, the Common Application or the Coalition Application. You need to submit only one application to be considered for admission to ASU. We have no preference between the ASU application, the Common Application or the Coalition Application. If two applications are submitted, one will be canceled in our system. Application fees are nonrefundable.

ASU’s Application for Admission Common Application   Coalition Application 

Send all supporting documents (transcripts and test scores) to:

Admission Services
Applicant Processing
1150 East University Drive Building C, Room 226
Tempe AZ 85281

For more information about sending transcripts, please visit admission.asu.edu/transcripts

Step 02

Activate My ASU and your ASURITE UserID

You will receive your ASURITE UserID and activation code via email within one to three business days of submitting your application. If you have previously applied to ASU, your ASURITE UserID will remain the same. You'll use your ASURITE UserID to login to My ASU.

Step 03

Submit the nonrefundable application fee.

International nonresidents: $85 ($70 for ASU online programs)

You can pay using a credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or eCheck at the time you submit your application or when you log in to My ASU. Or you can mail a check or money order to Admission Services (payable to Arizona State University) at the address below.

Admission Services Applicant Processing
Arizona State University
PO Box 871004
Tempe, AZ 85287-1004

If you applied for admission through the Common Application or Coalition Application, pay the application fee through those applications.

Step 04

Request your official transcript and examination results be sent directly from your school(s) or exam board to Admission Services.

Official transcripts are certified copies of official documents from each secondary school, college, university or technical school attended. Records must include courses completed, grades or marks earned, and certificates or degrees awarded. Include a certified English translation of all documents not written in English.

Step 05

Provide evidence of English language proficiency.

Have your TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, or DuoLingo English test score, sent directly to ASU, or provide proof of completion from Global Launch.

TOEFL

The official TOEFL score report can be sent directly to ASU from the Educational Testing Service. ASU's TOEFL institutional code is 4007. For information about this test and registration procedures, contact ETS at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or visit www.toefl.org  .

IELTS

For information about this test and registration procedures, contact the IELTS Office, University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge/CB1 2EU, UK or visit www.ielts.org  .

PTE

For information about the Pearson Test of English, visit www.pearsonpte.com  .

Global Launch

ASU accepts completion of the Global Launch English Language program or English for Undergraduate Admission and Achievement online self-paced course. Learn more about Global Launch.

Duolingo English test (accepted for students seeking degree admission for 2020 and 2021 semesters)

Learn more about the Duolingo test

Undergraduate English proficiency

Step 06

Submit your ACT or SAT scores.

ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission, but may be submitted for ASU course placement or as supplemental information. Have your scores sent to ASU from ACT or College Board when you register for the test. Learn more about sending your test scores to ASU in our FAQ section.

Step 07

Check application status.

Once you’ve completed all these steps, ASU will review your application. To see if you have any missing items, and to review your admission status and I-20 status, sign in at My ASU using your ASURITE UserID, which is sent to you after you apply for admission.

Step 08

Submit your student visa application.

All international students planning to attend Arizona State University will need to first apply for an I-20 in order to apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa.

Student visa info

 

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Documentation

All documents must be an original or an attested copy with an original institutional seal and/or signature. Photocopies, notarized copies, faxes or scans are not considered original documents. All documents must be translated into English if the original is not issued in English.

Note: Before mailing or sending any documentation, you must fill out an ASU application. Sending documents before doing so will delay the processing of your application. It is also recommended that you include your ASU EMPLID on the envelope of any documents being mailed to ASU.

Do you have any college credits?

  • All college work must be reported at the time of filling out your application.

  • We must see all transcripts/academic records from all institutions that you have ever attended (regardless if you have finished the program at that institution or not).

  • All documents not issued in English must be accompanied by an English translation.

  • Access the transfer credit guide to check your college credits. 

Professional third-party evaluations 

ASU provides in-house credential evaluations of your secondary and postsecondary academic records at no extra cost. However, if you have already had your academic credentials evaluated, ASU will consider course-by-course evaluations from the three agencies below:

Note: Official evaluations do not take the place of official academic records. The evaluation is in addition to the official academic record. If the evaluation agency includes academic records they used to complete their evaluation and indicates that the evaluation was based on official or authenticated records, we may accept those documents as official.

Conditional admission

ASU may offer conditional undergraduate admission to international applicants who meet the academic (aptitude) requirements but who are not proficient in English. This offer of conditional admission will give you time to improve your English proficiency before you start classes at ASU. Your conditional admission offer is good for up to three semesters, during which time you must meet one of these requirements to begin your ASU experience.

Application deadlines

You must submit your application for admission to ASU, along with the application fee, by the deadline specified for each semester. To expedite the evaluation of your application, please remember to submit official transcripts, test scores and supporting credentials along with your application.

Spring 2021

Nov. 1, 2020
Application priority deadline

Dec. 1, 2020
Enrollment deposit date
(first-year students only)

Jan. 11, 2021 
First day of classes

Fall 2021

May 1, 2021
Application priority deadline

May 1, 2021
Enrollment deposit date
(first-year students only)

Aug. 19, 2021
First day of classes

Note: Applications for summer that are not completed in time for the start of the summer sessions will be reviewed for admission for the fall semester.

Note: International students who have been admitted for the fall semester who would like to begin attending classes during the summer must contact Admission Services by May 1. Otherwise, I-20s will be created for the fall semester.

Make sure to apply as early as possible to allow time for all documentation and processes to be completed.

 

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Frequently-asked questions about International first-year admissions

How do I apply to an American university as an international student?

To apply to ASU as an international student, you must meet certain academic requirements, as well as demonstrate proof of English proficiency. Review this page for admission and English proficiency requirements, application procedures and deadlines for undergraduate students.

Do I have to know English to study at ASU?

Yes. ASU requires proof of English proficiency from all international student applicants, or applicants whose native language is not English. ASU accepts TOEFL, PTE, IELTS, or DuoLingo English test scores or completion of ASU’s Global Launch English and academic preparation courses as proof of English proficiency.

What is Global Launch?

Global Launch is Arizona State University’s English language and academic preparation unit, providing face-to-face and online English and Pathways programs for international students seeking admission to the university.

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