As an international student, your admissions process will be a little bit different, with a few additional steps to take. Here are some important things to consider as you move forward with the application process:

A student is considered an international student if they are a citizen of a country other than the U.S., hold a passport from that country or are not a U.S. resident alien (Green Card holder).

Applicants whose primary language is not English must prove proficiency in English by submitting one of the following:

  • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 61.
  • TOEFL computer-based exam score of 173,
  • TOEFL written exam score of 500,
  • ACT English score of 17,
  • SAT Critical Reasoning score of 415,


Students taking the TOEFL can visit the web site,, to find out more information regarding the test. Students can also find additional information through a U.S. Consulate.

Before an international student will be considered for acceptance, the following must be received in the Office of Admissions:

1) Completed application for admission available online;

2) Complete academic credentials (certificates, diplomas, matriculation examination results, degrees, etc.) carrying the seal or stamp of the issuing educational institution;

3) TOEFL scores (if native language is not English); Freed-Hardeman University's code is 1230;

4) FHU Personal Reference Form, available online;

5) FHU Financial Certificate proving financial resources to enroll at FHU, available online;

6) International Student Health Form completed by an authorized medical professional;

7) Official ACT (FHU code is 3962) or SAT (FHU code is 1230) score;

8) Tuition deposit of $9,000 (U.S.).

Once the tuition deposit is received, and applicants are sent a letter of acceptance, the I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility) is issued. The I-20 Form, a valid passport and financial certification must be presented at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the student’s country of citizenship or permanent residence to obtain the F-1 student visa necessary for study in the U.S..

Students admitted to the U.S. on an F-1 student visa must attend the university on a full-time basis to maintain status. International students may not engage in unauthorized employment. All international students must purchase and maintain health insurance through the university.