International students find SMU offers an outstanding faculty and challenging academic programs which help prepare them for life and leadership in a global society.
You can expect small classes, personal attention, and a wide variety of support resources, many tailored especially for international students. SMU’s International Center provides international students a wide range of services, all designed to help you make a seamless transition to your new University home.
International transfer students apply to SMU using the same application as domestic transfer students. The
transfer application and other information about transferring are available from the SMU Admissions Office.
In addition, international transfer students who have completed coursework at foreign institutions must provide a professional evaluation of their transcripts to the Admissions Office. Please refer to our Instructions for Submitting Foreign Post-Secondary Transcripts for further information.
A new I-20 document is also required prior to your start of classes. Once you pay your deposit to SMU, the International Center will provide you with information about receiving your SMU I-20. The International Student and Scholars Office is also available to answer all of your questions about studying in the United States.
All foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a professional evaluation and an official transcript, including an English translation if it is not in English, and course descriptions or syllabi. It is the student’s responsibility to procure this evaluation and to assume financial responsibility for it. An exception to this requirement is an exchange agreement between SMU and a foreign institution which is modeled after the U.S. education system.
Because of the importance of this information, SMU only accepts evaluations from the following agencies of proven reliability:
|International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 2585
Denton, TX 76202-2585
World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
TOLL FREE: 1-800-937-3895
|Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
The above services’ evaluations should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the home country and is generally considered to offer at least the equivalent of U.S. higher education credit. In addition, it should include an explanation of the credits, the grading system and course levels, as well as a course-by-course evaluation.
The expertise and reliability of a professional evaluation report is recognized worldwide and is likely to be accepted by other academic institutions, employers and state licensing boards. However, the report is not binding to SMU and it will be considered a recommendation for SMU’s independent decision of the credit to be given. Information and applications from the agencies are available online. For more information, students should contact the Office of Admission.
An exchange agreement between SMU and Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) was established in 2004. ITESM is SACS accredited and is modeled after the U.S. education system, therefore it is treated as a U.S. institute. A professional evaluation is not required for ITESM.
Transfer students from foreign institutions should have their transcripts and related documents sent to:
The International Center
6185 Airline Road, Suite 216
Dallas, TX 75205
For further information please contact the SMU International Office.
Enforcement Actions Against Institutions Violating the Texas Education Code
Listed in the link below are administrative or legal actions taken by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Office of the Attorney General, or local law enforcement for violations of the Texas Education Code or other statutes related to private colleges and universities. Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean the institution offers fraudulent or substandard degrees.