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International Students

Trinity University's unique educational community provides a warm and supportive atmosphere for international students. A diverse student body, an accessible faculty dedicated to teaching undergraduates, and a comfortable residential campus combine to help ease the transition into college life for students from other cultures.

Am I an International Student?

You are an international student if, regardless of where you went to secondary school, you are neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the United States. All international students are required to submit the documents listed below.

US Citizens and US Permanent Residents who live abroad or complete their education outside of the United States are eligible for international student services on campus, but should refer to information for First-Year Students with regards to required application documents.

Required International Application Documents

  • Application for Admission
  • Transcripts or School Records
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Trinity University International Student Statement of Financial Responsibility

Application Process for International Students

  • Submit application for admission.
  • Submit transcripts or school records.
    • All records must be submitted in English. If your school records are not in English, please submit certified English translations with your official transcripts and records.
    • All records must be submitted by your school counselor or school official to be considered official. Student-submitted records will not be accepted.
    • Records may be uploaded to the Common Application or Coalition websites, or submitted officially via mail by your school counselor or school official.

Submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test scores 

  • Trinity requires proof of English proficiency for all international students whose first language is not English. We accept the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exams.
    • Recommended TOEFL - 100 ibT
    • Recommended IELTS - 7.0
    • Recommended Duolingo - 120
  • If you meet the criteria below, you can email your admissions counselor and request that Trinity waive the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo exam. Once approved for a waiver, students must submit an SAT or ACT test result.
    • You attend an English-medium secondary school for the 4 most recent consecutive years of secondary study.
    • English is your first language and you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.
  • If a student submits test results from either the SAT or ACT exams, they will be taken into consideration as part of the application for admission. We recommend that international students contact their admissions counselor with questions regarding Trinity’s testing policies and requirements prior to submitting official scores. Neither the SAT nor ACT is required for scholarship consideration.
  • Submit letters of recommendation
    • Secondary School Report. Ask an advisor, counselor, or headmaster from the last educational institution you attended to complete the Secondary School Report and submit a letter of recommendation.
    • Submit teacher evaluation. Ask one of your instructors from a core academic discipline to complete the Teacher Evaluation Form and submit a letter of recommendation.
  • Submit an application for need-based aid.
    • Trinity accepts the CSS PROFILE for International Students or the International Student Financial Aid Application.
    • If you indicate an intent to file for need-based aid, your application will not be reviewed until one of these completed forms is received.
    • If you do not require need-based aid, please notify your admissions counselor. You will still be considered for merit scholarships based on a holistic review of your application materials.
    • Trinity does not provide fee-waivers for the CSS Profile.
    • For more information regarding merit- and need-based financial aid for international citizens, please review the International Financial Aid page of the website.

Other Questions?

Prospective international students interested in applying for admission and aid are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions by email at admissions [at]

Enrollment at Trinity

Upon acceptance to Trinity, complete the following if you choose to attend Trinity University. You should only submit a deposit to the single college or university in which you plan to enroll.

  1. Submit $500 Deposit. The $500 non-refundable deposit is required of all students who plan to enroll at Trinity. You can send a money order or check payable to Trinity University, or submit your deposit online via your portal.
  2. Submit the New Student Information Form. This, along with the $500 deposit, secures your enrollment at Trinity. Trinity will generate and mail an I-20 form to you upon receipt of your deposit and New Student Information Form.
  3. Submit financial support additional documentation. Submit the required additional documentation from a bank official. This bank statement should reflect the amount of money which the family is obligated to pay for the first year of study at Trinity (minus any scholarships/grants received by the university). The bank statement must be recent, drafted in English, and be able to cover the expected family contribution. The listed funds must be demonstrated in numeric value regardless of currency.
  4. Obtain F-1 Student Visa. Upon receipt of the I-20 form from Trinity, you must present the I-20 along with any other required documents to a U.S. consulate or embassy in your home country in order to apply for a student visa. Most consulates and embassies have detailed information about this procedure on their websites. We suggest you apply for your visa as soon as you receive your I-20 since the application process may take several weeks.

Contact us for more information:

Office of Admissions

Kindel A. Hollis, Associate Director of Admissions | Coordinator of International Admission
kindel.hollis [at]
Africa (East, Central, and South)​, Asia (East, Central, and South East), Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Oceania, and International Students studying in the U.S.

Juan Perez, Associate Director of Admissions
juan.perez [at]
Africa (North and West)​, Latin America (Central and South America), Mexico, the Middle East, and South Asia (including India)