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International freshman and transfer undergraduate admission

Arizona State University is ranked one of the best universities in the world. When you study at ASU, you will enjoy prestigious faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant community of students from over 135 countries around the globe. At ASU, you can choose from more than 350 undergraduate degree programs that will lead you to a successful career path.

How to apply to ASU undergraduate programs

Admission requirements

An international student is a student on a J-1 or F-1 visa who is not a citizen of, or a permanent resident of, or a refugee in the United States of America.

Academic requirement

  • Freshmen must have a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) (a "B" or better where "A"=4.00) from a secondary school.
  • Transfer students must have a minimum 2.50 GPA (a "C+" or better where "A"=4.00) from a college or university. Some ASU programs require a minimum transfer GPA of 3.00, including the W. P. Carey School of Business and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.
  • Some ASU  programs may have higher admission requirements and may require a minimum ACT or SAT score.

 English language proficiency requirement

Success at Arizona State University begins with a strong comprehension of the English language. Because our rigorous courses are taught in English and move at a fast pace, fluency in the language is necessary for understanding concepts and expressing yourself effectively.

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency by submitting test scores from one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Conditional admission

ASU may offer conditional undergraduate admission to international applicants who meet the academic (aptitude) requirement but who are not proficient in English. This offer of conditional admission will give you time to improve your English proficiency before you start classes at ASU. Your conditional admission offer is good for up to three semesters, during which you may do one of the following to begin your ASU experience:

Global Launch Intensive
English Program

This program is the perfect way to prepare for full admission to ASU, and by successfully completing the program, you are not required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.

If you choose to attend, you can start as early as fall 2018. Most students who enter Global Launch with intermediate or high intermediate levels of English progress to full admission at ASU after one semester of study in the program

Pass your TOEFL,

ASU requires a score of at least 61 TOEFL iBT, 6.0 IELTS, or 53 PTE. You are welcome to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE multiple times in order to receive a passing score.

A passing score will provide you full admission to ASU.

Please note: Certain majors have higher English proficiency requirements. For more information on these requirements, please visit


You can learn more about the Global Launch Intensive English Program at If you have questions regarding the Global Launch program, please email or call +1 480-965-2376.

If you have questions regarding conditional admission or taking the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE, please contact the international admission team at or +1 480-965-2437.

Note: ASU reserves the right to independently test any student’s English proficiency upon arrival, including those who have met the English proficiency requirement, and may require support classes if the demonstrated level of English proficiency is not sufficient for academic success.

Competency requirement

International students who attended four years of high school in the U.S. are required to meet the competency requirements.

  • English: four years (composition/literature based).
  • Math: four years - algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite.
  • Laboratory Science: three years total (1 year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences, and physics).
  • Social Science: two years (including one year American history).
  • Foreign Language: two years (same language).
  • Fine Arts: one year.

International students who completed high school outside the U.S. are required to meet the following competency requirements:

  • Math: four years - algebra I, geometry, algebra II and one course requiring algebra II as a prerequisite.
  • Laboratory Science: three years total (1 year each from any of the following areas are accepted: biology, chemistry, earth science, integrated sciences, and physics).

Higher requirements for some ASU schools/colleges

Some ASU colleges/schools have higher standards for admission into their programs. International applicants must meet general university international admission requirements as well as the appropriate freshman or transfer program requirements of their major. Search for your degree for more details. 

Application deadlines

You must submit your application for admission to ASU, along with the application fee, by the deadline specified for each semester. In order to expedite the evaluation of your application, please remember to submit official transcripts, test scores and supporting credentials along with your application.

Spring 2019 admission:

Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2018
Classes start: Jan. 7, 2019

Fall 2019 admission:

Application priority deadline: May 1, 2019
Enrollment deposit date: May 1, 2019
Classes start: Aug. 15, 2019

Note: Applications for summer that are not completed in time for the start of the summer session, will be reviewed for admission for fall 2019.

Note: International students who have been admitted for the fall semester who would like to begin attending classes during the summer must contact Admission Services by May 1, 2019. Otherwise, I-20s will be created for the fall semester.

Make sure to apply as early as possible to allow time for all documentation and processes to be completed.

Application Procedures

1. Complete the undergraduate application for admission.

Apply online with ASU’s Application for Admission or first-time freshmen can apply through the Common Application. ASU accepts only one application. We have no preference between the ASU application and the Common Application. If two applications are submitted, one will be canceled in our system. Application fees are nonrefundable.

Send the all supporting documents (application fee, transcripts, test scores and financial guarantee) to:

Regular Mail/FedEx

Admission Services
1151 S Forest Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

Applicants in China

If you are currently in China, please note that you can send your official transcripts directly to us in Beijing at the following address:
ASU Enrollment Advisor
Jianwai SOHO, Building 17, Suite 705
39 East 3rd Ring Middle Road, Chaoyang
Beijing, China 100022. (北京市朝阳区建外soho西区 17号楼,705室;邮编100022)
T: +86 15311265171

Applicants in India

If you are currently in India, you can send your official transcripts directly to our enrollment advisor in Mumbai at the following address.

Mumbai Bandra Kurla Complex - Kalina
Level 2 Raheja Centre Point 294 CST Road Near Mumbai University, Off Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai, 400 098
T: +91 22 67078700
ATTN: Poonam Venkatesh

For more information, call +91 9999 4210 89 or email

2. Submit the nonrefundable application fee.

The application fee is $85 (U.S. Dollars). If you did not submit your application fee with your admission application, you may make your payment through My ASU or submit payment in the form of a check or money order drawn on a U.S. Banking Affiliate and made payable to Arizona State University. Do not send cash or international postal money orders. Application fees cannot be waived or transferred to a future application. International freshman students can apply via the Common Application instead of the ASU application and pay the application fee of $85 through the Common Application.

3. Request that your official transcript be sent directly from your school(s) to Admission Services

Official transcripts are certified copies of official documents from each secondary school, college, university and/or technical schools attended. Records must include courses completed, grades or marks earned, and certificates or degrees awarded. Include a certified English translation of all documents not written in English. 

Upon graduation or completion of the semester, request that a final transcript be sent directly to ASU to determine final admission status. If your school(s) cannot send them directly to ASU, you may send them making sure they meet one of the following requirements:

  • Original academic credentials issued by the registrar of the institution attended, bearing the original raised or colored seal of the institution and the signature of the institution’s registrar, academic official or recognized international organization.
  • Photocopies of academic credentials that have been verified as true copies of the original by a responsible official of the institution attended or by an educational representative of the country’s government or embassy. Each page must bear the verifying official’s signature and stamp.
  • Photocopies of international academic credentials on file with the registrar of an institution you previously attended in the U.S.
  • Photocopies of academic credentials that have been certified by a recognized international educational organization, such as the U.S. Educational Foundation, AMIDEAST or the Institute for International Education.

Any document ASU receives becomes property of ASU and will not be returned to you.

Photocopies certified by a notary public are not official. Scanned copies are also not accepted in lieu of original official academic documents.

All international transcripts must be submitted in the original language accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be literal, complete versions of the originals and must be translated by a university, government official or official translation service. You may not complete your own translation.

You must have one set of official transcripts from every high school, college and university from which you earned a high school diploma sent to ASU (see mailing address).

Upon graduation or completion of the semester, request that a final transcript be sent directly to ASU to determine final admission status.

4. Submit evidence of English language proficiency.

Have your TOEFL or IELTS score sent directly to ASU.

TOEFL: The official TOEFL score report can be sent directly to ASU from the Educational Testing Service. ASU's TOEFL institutional code is 4007. For information about this test and registration procedures, contact ETS at PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA or visit

IELTS: For information about this test and registration procedures, contact the IELTS Office, University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate, 1 Hills Road, Cambridge/CB1 2EU, UK or visit

PTE: For information about the Pearson Test of English, visit

5. Submit your ACT or SAT scores.

If you have taken the ACT or SAT, please submit official scores to Undergraduate Admissions. Some ASU colleges/schools have minimum ACT/SAT score requirements for entrance to their programs.

Items to Consider

  • Admission to ASU cannot be determined until your file is complete and all of your credentials are evaluated.
  • You must enroll full-time each semester.
  • Students holding F-2 visas cannot attend ASU on a full-time basis.
  • All international students on F-1 or J-1 visas must provide a Financial Guarantee to show evidence of sufficient funds available for their students before their SEVIS Form I-20 can be issued. Learn more.

Scholarships for International Students

ASU offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships and financial aid for highly qualified international students who are non-immigrant, nonresident and degree seeking. For more information, visit New American University Scholarship. Please email if you have any questions.

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