International Students

Application Submission Dates

International students are encouraged to apply early.

  • Early admission: November 1
  • Closing: July 15


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 students on campus, but is very limited. Individuals are eligible to apply for on-campus housing only after accepting offers of admission and financial aid. Off-campus housing in Dallas is available, but please keep in mind that housing can be expensive and limited around SMU’s campus.


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: