International Student Admission
The University of Houston-Victoria is authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to enroll international students who enter the United States with an F-1 and J-1 student visa. The following information pertains to admission for the F-1 and J-1 visa holder. The International Programs Office (IPO) is required by law to enter student information and update the student information each semester/term in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) regarding student enrollment and related personal information. The International Programs Office will issue an I-20/DS2019 to students who are fully approved to a program of study at UHV after the following steps for admission to the university are completed by the student.
International students must submit applications for admission and all supporting admission documentation, regardless of your degree objective, by the following dates to ensure time for processing:
Fall – July 1 Spring – November 1 Summer – March 1 Spring
U.S. Transfer International Students:
Fall -- August 1
Spring – December 1
Some programs of study, both undergraduate and graduate, may have priority deadlines. All other priority deadlines must be met in addition to the international student admission deadline.
What to Submit:
1. A completed international application for admission. See the international student information on the International Admissions web page. International Programs
2. An official transcript, mark sheets and degree/diploma certificate from EACH higher secondary school, college or university attended, All transcripts, marks, and certificates submitted to UHV become the property of the university and are not returned to students. If only one set of documents is issued by the student’s country of origin, students should send attested/certified copies of the documents, with translations if needed, in the appropriate manner indicated below. DO NOT send the original document issued to the student by the university or government agency. UHV is not responsible for damage to original documents submitted by applicants.
3. University/College level courses taken outside of the United States must be submitted through an approved credit evaluation agency by NACES.
- If a student has previously obtained a comprehensive evaluation from an outside agency that is an agency not listed in NACES, UHV may accept an official copy of the evaluation and a copy of the original documents for admission purposes when the evaluation document indicates verification of attendance and degrees. The International Programs Office staff will review a copy of the evaluation and determine whether the student should request the agency to send the evaluation copy, as well as a copy of the documents evaluated, directly to the International Programs Office.
- When possible, applicants should use the International Academic Records Request Form located on the Admissions web page to request records: International Academic Records Request Form
- If original documents are not issued in English, two sets of official transcripts/certificates are required. One set must be in the original language and one English translation describing all academic studies attempted and completed must be on file before the final evaluation can proceed. Translations should be word-for-word, in the same format as the original document text. Transcripts should plainly indicate the dates of attendance, the subjects, and the marks
- (grades) earned. They should also reflect any degrees or diplomas awarded.
- Official transcripts should be issued directly to UHV by the registrar, principal or responsible head of each institution attended. When this is not possible, documents certified by an embassy or consular official, or government agency in charge of educational verification as true copies may be accepted. Notarized documents by government agencies are not accepted as official.
- Uncertified or unattested copies are not acceptable for unconditional admission to the university. The university will make a reasonable determination of those courses completed outside the United States. However, international students may be required to have a catalog match evaluation performed by an outside agency in order to determine course equivalencies. This may take longer to complete, and it is imperative that students submit international documents as early as possible to ensure adequate time for application approval.
4. International Credential Evaluations
- University and College curriculum varies by country, not only in language but also in practice. All courses, certificates, and degrees completed at an institution outside of the U.S. is subject to a credit evaluation. Students must submit their official international transcripts/degrees/diplomas to a credit evaluation agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services at www.naces.org
- Students are responsible to pay the fees and complete the evaluation process. Upon registration and arrival to UHV, F-1 and J-1 International students will receive a credential evaluation cost credit up to $170 during their first semester at UHV.
- If the credential evaluation report indicates the courses completed overseas to be U.S. equivalent all courses or some courses may transfer to UHV. We recommend students to complete the course-by-course evaluation report. The evaluation report must directly be sent from the evaluation agency. Please request the evaluation agency to send an electronic version of the report along with the transcripts that was used for the evaluation. If students are submitting documents through the evaluation agency approved by NACES students will not need to submit duplicate official transcripts to UHV.
- For more information pertaining to credential evaluation is available through the International Transcripts page.
5. Test Score Requirements:
- Undergraduate applicants who live outside the United States must submit SAT scores according to provisions of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), sent directly from National Evaluation Systems, Inc. to UHV; or, the scores/TSI completion must appear on an official transcript being sent from a U.S. college or university formerly attended. A minimum SAT composite score of 860
- Graduate Applicants must submit scores for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, letters, and essays that are required by their desired degree program. See appropriate school section of this catalog for more information. The GRE aptitude (verbal and quantitative sections only) is required for most majors. GMAT is required for all MBA applicants and the minimum score is 450. MAT scores may be substituted for the GRE by counseling education applicants. The scores will be used with your grade point average to calculate a graduate admission index.
- Test scored can be submitted electronically. Please request ETS, GRE, GMAT and other testing organizations to submit the test scores electronically to UHV for faster processing time.
- TOEFL test scores must be sent to the institutional code: 6917
- Test scores can be sent electronically to International Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
6. English Proficiency Requirement
All students attending the University of Houston-Victoria must be proficient in the use of English. Students, regardless of immigration status, whose educational instruction has not been in the English language and/or whose first or native language is not English, must demonstrate English Proficiency Requirements listed or apply for the English Proficiency Waiver or must meet the English Proficiency Requirement Exemptions.
7. The UHV F-1- J-1 Student Agreement Form must be submitted to the International Programs Office along with a copy of the student’s most recent passport. This ensures the International Programs Office to issue the immigration document accurately as thewith applicant or sponsor’s supporting bank documents verifying funds available in English with dollar amounts in U.S. dollars must be submitted before an I-20 may be issued to the applicant. The minimum amounts needed for study at UHV during the Academic Year is posted on the International Student information page of the university website: F1 Student Agreement Form the costs are subject to change due to Texas legislative action and UHV policy changes.
8. Proof of Funding
International Programs Office is required by law to verify that each international student on F-1 and J-1 have sufficient funds to cover the duration of their stay in the U.S. All students must submit the Letter of Financial Sponsorship along with a bank statement with the one years’ worth of funding listed as the International Student Expenses. The bank statement must be less that 6-months from the issue date.
9. Photocopies of all previous and current U.S. immigration documents should be submitted by students who are already in the United States. For students outside the U.S., submit photocopy of passport pages with legal name of student applicant and dependents, if they will travel to the U.S. to live with applicant. For students who will transfer to UHV from an institution in the United States, the admissions officer will facilitate the transfer through SEVIS after the student is approved for admission to UHV.
10. International students may be given conditional admissions. Graduate student application will be reviewed pending English Proficiency Requirement, Proof of Funding and Bank statements. Undergraduate student’s application will be reviewed pending English Proficiency, Proof of funding and Bank statements. In order to conditional admissions to convert to fully admissions students must meet all the requirements. Upon completion and approval of all requirements students acceptance letter, I-20/DS2019 will be issued.
11. Students will be notified via email of the status of the application. Upon acceptance students will be notified via email of I-20/DS2019 shipping method allowing the student 3 business days to create an express mail shipping label. If student opts out from express mail International Programs Office will mail the acceptance letter and I-20/DS2019 via regular mail. Regular mail may take up to 8-weeks to receive the document in your home country.
12. All international students are required to attend the mandatory international student orientation. The date is listed on your immigration document I-20/DS2019. Failing to attend mandatory orientation will result in cancellation of scholarships and cancellation of your International student record. Students must notify the International Programs Office of any delays to prevent such cancellations.
13. All admissions related documents can be emailed director to the International Programs Office at email@example.com please note, check with the International Programs Office on submission of the official transcripts or International Transcripts.