To apply to Texas State, ALL students go through the APPLY TEXAS APPLICATION; the link to it is available on the Graduate College Admission website and The Undergraduate College Admission website. Fill out the International Application if you are an F-1 student or will be coming in on an F-1 Visa.
Check out the TSIE website, it lists the TOEFL scores required for admissions on the website below or speak with an admissions representative.
The TSIE program offers Pre-Bridge and Bridge program admissions for students who need to work on improving their scores, check out their website and the TOEFL requirements for their program at the link above for more details, or contact them and they will be happy to help you.
You should have been given an application number when you applied, use the number to check your application on the admissions website. The International Office cannot check admissions status, only the admissions offices can do that.
Review all the requirements for admissions and look closely at your acceptance letter which will give you valuable instructions that you should follow. Also review all of the steps that have been put up on our Next Steps after being Admitted page.
If you are currently on an F-1 Visa at another U.S. school or institution, it is important that you complete a SEVIS record transfer-in form and make sure you let you old school's international office know that you will need your SEVIS record transferred to Texas State. Follow the directions on completing a SEVIS transfer by downloading the Transfer-In Form.
After you have been formally accepted to Texas State and fulfilled all the requirements and submitted all the necessary documents, the admissions office will request an I-20 to be made for you.
The International Office will issue you an I-20, and give it to the admissions office to mail to you at your home country address. If you want the I-20 mailed expediently, please contact the admissions department and notify them. Generally, unless you are already in the U.S., the International Office does not mail your initial I-20 to you, the admissions department does.
If there is a mistake on your I-20, notify the Texas State International Office or the Admissions department immediately. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-245-7966. If the error is something that will cause problems at your Visa appointment or entry, the office will issue you a corrected I-20, otherwise they may advise you to keep the I-20 and have it corrected at our office upon your arrival.
Texas law requires every F-1 student have health insurance that meets strict requirements. You can and should review these requirements on the Health Center website under the tab for Insurance>International Students. If you have insurance that meets the requirements, you can submit proof of it to the health center and complete a Health Insurance Waiver Request Form through their website. If approved and done in time, you may receive a reimbursement for the Health Center Insurance. All questions about Health Insurance and the Health Insurance Waiver should be directed to the Student Health Center and not the International Office.
Registering for Classes:
Before a new student registers for classes the first time, they are often required to meet with an Academic Advisor first for direction on which classes they should register for. The international office cannot do academic advising; it must be done by an Advisor in your department of study. Often times, new students are blocked from registering until they have had an appointment with an Academic Advisor. You can find out which Advising Center to contact for your program by reviewing the website below and contacting the appropriate office to set up and appointment or speak with an advisor. You can find the contact information for your department's advising center here.
You can travel into the U.S. up to 30 days before the start date on your I-20. Because there are many things you may have to arrange upon arrival, such as: housing, advising, registration for classes, etc...you should come in at least one week before your classes begin. Additionally, you must attend the International Office's orientation which will be held sometime before the first week of classes and you should arrive at least in time for that.
Review the information listed on the Next Steps page under Housing, or download the Housing Comparison Chart that our office has created for you. If you are living on-campus you may be able to get break housing, otherwise you should contact an apartment locator as soon as possible to start looking for nearby housing.
You cannot get a Social Security Number (SSN) unless you have a job offer. You should not really need one to rent an apartment, although some apartment complexes say that you must. Many apartment complexes have worked with International Students before and will allow you to complete your application using other immigration documents that suffice to prove your identity instead of a SSN.
Our office cannot recommend the best phone service for International Students, but we can let you know that many International Students prefer using their own (GSM unlocked) phone from home, or buying an affordable phone with an Unlimited Plan from a provider who they pay monthly and can discontinue service with at any time. Some providers of pay-month by month phone plans in San Marcos include: Simple Mobile, Cricket and Boost Mobile.
If you are a Graduate Student seeking a Graduate Assistantship to help you get In-State tuition, please read the information at the following link prior to applying for jobs:
As an F-1 student you are eligible for a few types of work. CPT & OPT require that you are a full-time student for 1 year before you start working. You can however, apply for on-campus work immediately after arriving. You must remember that you cannot work more than 20 hours while school is in session. Start job hunting on the Career Services database: Jobs4cats after making an account, uploading a resume and an application and then searching for open jobs around campus. Once you have a job-offer review the steps to get a Social Security Number listed under the Step by Step Instructions on getting On-Campus Employment.