International Students


Due to exceptional circumstances related in part to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be admitting additional international students until the autumn semester of 2023. We greatly appreciate your interest in Perkins and apologize for this delay. We look forward to receiving your completed application for the fall 2023 term.


Application Submission Dates

International students are encouraged to apply early.

  • Priority: November 15, 2022
  • Final: December 15, 2022


Scholarship opportunities for international students are awarded based on the strength of the entire application for admission. Awards are given at the time an admission decision is made.


Housing is available for international graduate students on campus in Martin Hall with single-occupancy efficiency apartments in a residence hall setting or the Grad House with small apartments for families. Space on campus for graduate students is very limited, so please email for a housing application as soon as possible after January 20. Individuals are eligible to apply for on-campus housing only after accepting offers of admission and financial aid.

Privately owned rental apartments for students and families are available off-campus in the Dallas area. Please explore additional housing options here.


Students whose native language is not English and whose entire secondary education has not been in an English-medium school are required to submit either their TOEFL (minimum score: 80) or IELTS (minimum score 6.5) results.

International Transcripts

International university transcripts must be translated into English and certified as official transcripts. Because of the importance of this information, SMU accepts evaluations only from these agencies of proven reliability:

International Academic Credential Evaluators Inc.
PO Box 2585
Denton, TX 76202-2585
Telephone: 940-383-7498

World Education Services Inc.
PO Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Telephone: 212.966.6311
Toll-free: 800-937-3895

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
Telephone: 305-273-1616
Fax: 305-273-1338

The evaluations provided by these agencies should include an explanation that the institution is recognized by the ministry of education in the student’s 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.


Estimated Student Budget for Academic Year 2022-2023

A summary of anticipated tuition and living expenses for the 2022-23 academic year is outlined below. Information regarding limited on-campus living can be found on the Residence Life & Student Housing page. Many students choose to live off-campus in houses or apartments near the university using the services of the SMU Apartment Coordinator, Megan Piotrowski Although Dallas is primarily a city of car drivers, you can walk or bike to a large number of commercial and retail areas around SMU. In addition, public transportation on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system around the city is free for all SMU students through the Parking Services office.


Tuition ($780/credit hour)


General Student Fees ($293/credit hour)


University Fees


Books & Supplies


Student Health Insurance




Dallas Transportation Costs


Miscellaneous Expenses



$53,852 per year


This is a nine-month budget based on SMU estimates (Health Insurance is estimated for twelve months) for 24 credit hours. Individual budgets may vary significantly. The estimate above does not include cost for summer expenses. For summer expenses, estimate approximately $5,000. Tuition is subject to change on an annual basis. For a further breakdown of exact direct costs, please see the University Bursar’s Cost of Attendance page.


Please note that to receive approval for a student visa, international students will need to certify the ability to pay for the above nine-month costs. If dependents are accompanying an international student, the student would also need to certify additional funds for health insurance and living expenses for the family members