International Students

The University admits students living outside the continental United States to all degree programs. The student must be
able to correspond with the University and respond to course instructions in English.

International students who are citizens of a country where English is not the primary language are required to submit one of the following prior to admission:

An official copy of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

Requirements for admission into our degree programs include:

Undergraduate A minimum of 500 in the paper-based version or 61 in the Internet-based version.

Masters A minimum of 530 in the paper-based version or 71 in the Internet-based version.

International English Language Testing System Exam (IELTS) -A minimum of 61 in the
Internet-based test or a Band 5 or higher is required.

TOEFL and IELTS scores are not required from:

International students who have completed two years of study in which English was the language of instruction, or

International students whose English language transcripts have been accepted by institutions domiciled in the U.S. and Canada.

Written proof of successfully completing (2.0 GPA or higher) at least 30 academic credits of college/university level courses that are transferable and that were taught completely in English.

Transcripts not in English must be evaluated by an appropriate third party and translated into English or by a trained transcript evaluator fluent in the language of the transcript. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) is an approved translating service. Please visit for more information.

Students who cannot meet the above requirements because of exceptional circumstances may petition to be accepted on a conditional basis. If accepted, the student will be permitted to take a maximum of four courses on a non-degree seeking student basis. If after taking four courses, the student has a 3.0 GPA or higher, the student may be accepted as a degree seeking student. If the student's GPA is lower than 3.0, the student's enrollment at Southwest will be terminated.

Credit earned at most foreign schools will be accepted toward fulfilling the degree requirements. Official transcripts are required. All tuition and fees must be paid in U.S. currency and all checks drawn on a U.S. bank. Students are responsible for all customs duties. Refer to postage/handling for charges.