The University of Memphis believes that the presence of a balanced representation
of international students on campus will enrich the educational environment of all
students. Therefore, the university is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant,
alien students on "F-1" and "J-1" student visas. Applicants must file complete credentials
before May 1 for fall admission; September 15 for spring admission; or February 1
for summer admission. Complete credentials include all the documents listed below
The international application should be completed carefully and returned to the Office
of Admissions, the University of Memphis, 101 Wilder Tower, Memphis, Tennessee, 38152-3370,
U.S.A. Applications and fees received after the stated deadlines will be returned.
A non-refundable international application and processing fee of $50 (fifty dollars)
is required of every international applicant, unless previously paid. A check or money
order, made payable to the University of Memphis, must be sent with the application
form. Applications received without the fee will be returned.
International applicants should write to the Office of Admissions for information
on application procedures, qualifications, and admission to the university. Since
there is considerable variation among educational systems throughout the world, international
applicants will be selected on a competitive basis, after meeting the minimum standards
of admission using examination scores, grade point average, relevance of academic
background to intended major field of study and recommendations from the World Education
Services. The university often receives more applications than can be approved; therefore,
admission cannot be granted to all applicants who meet only the minimum requirements.
All transcripts, test scores, and other credentials must be accompanied by an official
English translation of these documents and must be on file in the Office of Admissions
by the stated deadlines before the beginning of registration for the intended term
1. Educational Background: Applicants must list on the form provided by the university
every school attended, beginning with primary school, to the present, including each
primary, secondary, and post secondary institution.
2. Required Transcripts: Applicants must arrange for the Office of Admissions to
receive official copies of academic records of the applicant's attendance at secondary
school, college, university, and professional institutions of learning. These transcripts
must be sent directly from the high school or college to the University of Memphis.
An exception is made for those who hold the bachelor's degree or its equivalent in
that they need not send their secondary school records. Records should list the subjects
studied and the grade, mark, or other evidence that each individual subject was completed
to the satisfaction of the authorities in charge. If it is impossible for the school
to send us an official copy, copies certified by an official at the American Embassy
or a known world organization may be acceptable. All records must be in English. Since
certificates and records filed for examination are not ordinarily returned, applicants
should send certified photostatic copies if the documents in question cannot be easily
3. Required Test of All Applicants: All applicants whose native language is not English
must supply results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL) or its equivalent.
TOEFL information may be obtained by writing: TOEFL, Educational Testing Service,
Princeton, New Jersey, 08540, U.S.A. All test scores must be sent directly from the
testing agency to the University of Memphis.
4. Freshman Test Required: Applicants to the first year undergraduate level must
submit scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Testing
Program (ACT). These tests are available only in English. For information on the SAT,
applicants may write to College Entrance Examination Board, Box 592, Princeton, New
Jersey, 08540, U.S.A. For information on the ACT, applicants may write to American
College Testing Program, P.O. Box 414, Iowa City, Iowa, 52243, U.S.A. All test scores
must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University of Memphis.
5. Financial Statement: U.S. visa regulations require that certification of admission
be based on both academic acceptance and satisfactory evidence of adequate funds to
meet the expenses involved in the student's program of study. Applicants for an "F-1"
student visa must supply, on the form provided by the university, sufficient evidence
of financial support for themselves and all members of their families who will accompany
them to Memphis. This requires that applicants certify that their intent is to attend
the university full time and that no employment will be required.
6. Health Certificate Required: Each international student, within 30 days from the
first day of classes, must submit a certificate from a licensed U.S. physician or
other qualified U.S. medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure
to do so shall result in denial of enrollment. In the event that the student either
has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued
enrollment will be conditioned upon the determination by a licensed U.S. physician
that such enrollment does not present a risk to others and upon the student's compliance
with any prescribed medical treatment program.
In order to enroll, all international students born after January, 1957, must prove
that they have been inoculated with the live measles vaccine (MMR) since January,
1980. Exceptions are made for students who are pregnant or allergic to the vaccine.
7. All international students must purchase a health insurance policy through the
university or provide evidence of government sponsored health insurance before they
are allowed to enroll.
8. English Placement Examination: All international applicants who are accepted must
take an English placement examination, administered by the English Department, before
enrollment. Placement in an English class will be determined by the results of this
examination. International students should arrange to be on campus approximately one
week before the first day of classes for the proposed term of entry.
9. International students will not normally be allowed to register as transient students
(those regularly enrolled and in good standing at another institution who desire to
attend the University of Memphis for only a limited period of time). During summer
sessions, exceptions may be granted only in cases where a student has an outstanding
academic record and unusual circumstances are present.
10. International students who wish to apply for readmission to the university must
meet the deadlines stated above.
11. International students must become familiar with the regulations of the Immigration
and Naturalization Service and assume responsibility for complying with these regulations.
12. International students should be prepared to attend a four- to five-day mandatory
orientation prior to the first day of class.