International Students

Application Submission Dates

International students are encouraged to apply early.

  • Early admission: November 1
  • Closing: July 15

Scholarships

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

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 housing@smu.edu 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.

TOEFL and IELTS

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: