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International Applicants

Resources and information for graduate international applications at SMU Meadows

We welcome international applicants at SMU and into the Meadows School of the Arts! Our campus has a significant international graduate student body and we believe that international students provide diverse perspectives and backgrounds that are invaluable in graduate educations. Below is a list of resources and additional requirements for International Applicants.

Language Requirement

Applicants who do not speak English as their native language are required to supply scores on the TOEFL English language proficiency test or the IELTS English competency test before the application can be considered for admission into a graduate program. The applicant must request their scores be sent directly to Southern Methodist University (DI Code 6660), indicating your degree level and program of study. This requirement is waived for students who have received undergraduate degrees from an English-language institution located in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

The following are a list of minimum score requirements by program:

PROGRAM

TOEFL

IELTS

Advertising

Minimum Overall 100
No section below 22

Minimum Overall 7.5

No section below 7.0

Art

Minimum Overall 80

No section below 20

Minimum Overall 6.5

No section below 6.0

Art History

Minimum Overall 80

No section below 20

Minimum Overall 6.5

No section below 6.0

Arts Mgmt. & Ent.

Minimum Overall 100
No section below 22

Minimum Overall 7.5

No section below 7.0

Film & Media Arts

Minimum Overall 80

No section below 20

Minimum Overall 6.5

No section below 6.0

Music – Masters

Minimum Overall 80

No section below 20

Minimum Overall 6.5

No section below 6.0

Music – Performer’s/Artist Dipl.

Minimum Overall 64

Minimums of 20 in Speaking & Listening

Minimums of 12 in Reading & Writing

Minimum Overall 6.0

No section below 5.5

Theatre

Minimum Overall 80

No section below 20

Minimum Overall 6.5

No section below 6.0

 

Transcripts from Foreign Universities

All foreign transcripts must be accompanied by a professional evaluation and an official transcript, including an English translation if it is not in English. 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:

World Education Services, Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Telephone: 212-966-6311
TOLL FREE: 1-800-937-3895
E-mail: info@wes.org

International Academic Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 2585
Denton, TX 76202-2585
Telephone: 940-383-7498
https://www.iacei.net/

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Telephone: 305-273-1616
Fax: 305-273-1338
E-mail: info@jsilny.com

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.

International applicants who hold a bachelor's degree from a foreign university should not assume that these degrees will be automatically accepted in U.S. universities. Decisions will be based on the academic standings of the institutions from which the applicant has graduated. Professional diplomas and higher certificates from technical or vocational schools are normally not considered as equivalent to a bachelor's degree.

Financial Support

All international applicants admitted to a graduate program will be notified separately to submit additional documents to request an I-20. A photocopy of passport page which shows official spelling of student’s name will be required as well as proof of financial support, usually in the form of a certified letter from a bank. This should represent that sufficient money will be available to the applicant to cover tuition and fees (any remaining amount that may not be covered by scholarships or assistantships), estimated cost of living in Dallas, and SMU’s health insurance plan. The document must be notarized or certified from the bank and on file before the visas and passports can proceed.

For additional information on tuition, fees, and other estimated costs to attend, please click the Tuition and Fees link found in the right column.

Scholarship Consideration

All admitted international students are automatically considered for scholarships and assistantships at the time of admission. While consideration is automatic, it is not a guarantee than an applicant will receive an award. Also, no additional application materials are necessary for consideration.

For additional information, please click the Scholarships and Financial Aid link found in the right column.

Course Load Requirement

Passports and Visas (I-20)

Before the international student may depart for SMU, both a passport and a visa are required. The government of the student's home country is responsible for issuing the passport. If the international student is accepted by SMU Meadows School of the Arts, a letter of acceptance will be sent from the Meadows Graduate Admissions Office. The SMU International Advisors' Office will send an I-20 form (F-1 visa or J-1 visa) once the financial support has been verified. It is important that the name on the application matches exactly the name on the student's passport.

To meet U. S. government regulations, the international graduate student on the F-1 or J-1 visa must must maintain a full course of study for each fall and spring semester as outlined by your program and confirmed by your Academic Advisor/Dean to qualify as a full-time student.

For further assistance, you may email smuvias@smu.edu.

Health Insurance

SMU requires all international students, attending on a visa and taking one (1) or more credit hours, to enroll in the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan. There are two possible exceptions to this requirement: 1) The Embassy purchases and provides the student with comparable US health insurance coverage, 2) A spouse or parent extends U.S. medical insurance benefits through their US employer to the international student, including international medical evacuation and repatriation. Additional information may be reviewed through the SMU Student Health Center website.

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