Unless you are a native speaker, take the TOEFL, Cambridge, Duolingo, or IELTS to prove English proficiency. Incoming students must have a thorough knowledge of written and spoken English in order to be successful while studying at The University of Tulsa. All students whose first language is not English are required to provide evidence of English proficiency as part of their application to the university. Currently, there are 3 tests being offered that The University of Tulsa will accept as proof of English proficiency: TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge.
For undergraduate students
- An iBT TOEFL score of 70 with a minimum score on each of the four elements of the examination as follows: Reading 15, Listening 15, Speaking 18, Writing 17
- An IELTS score of 6.0 or higher with 6.0 or higher with a minimum score on each of the four elements of the examination as follows: Reading 6.0, Listening 6.0, Speaking 6.0, Writing 5.5.
- A Cambridge English score of 176 with no individual score below 169
- A paper-based TOEFL score of 525 or above with a minimum of 50 on all sub-scores (only a TU institutional TOEFL score will be accepted)
- A Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 100 or higher (on new 160-pt. scale)
Tests’ original scores should be sent directly to the University of Tulsa. (For TOEFL – Tulsa’s institutional code is 6883).
Scores must be less than two years old
For graduate students
See Graduate School English Language Requirements.
Students need to provide a confirmation of financial resources (CFR) document as part of the online application in order for TU to issue the immigration documents needed for the visa. The exact amount to be confirmed will be listed in your online application.
But as you are planning your semester or year at The University of Tulsa, here are estimated expenses to keep in mind:
Tuition: Depends on the agreement with partner University.
Campus housing: US$3,500/semester*
Food: US$2700/ semester*
Personal expenses/social activities: US$2,000-2500/semester*
TU student health insurance**: US$950/semester*
* These are just estimated amounts:
** The TU health insurance requirement can be waived if your insurance meet the guidelines set by US government for student visa holders. You will read more detailed information as part of the online application.
Other Fees to Consider
Housing deposit: US$250
SEVIS Fee (required prior to applying to student visa): US$180
US Student Visa application: varies (Consult the US consulate closest to you.)
Travel to US: varies
There are no TU scholarships to cover the expenses above. However, students are allowed to work on the TU campus for up to 20 hours per week.
For the Confirmation of Financial Resources, we use the estimates published here.
Exchange students are required to live on campus during their stay with us. You will find the housing to be quite comfortable and convenient to your classes and other student activities on campus. All exchange students are housed at Hardesty Hall, 3rd floor at the Hardesty Language Community.
Students will be housed with other TU students interested in learning languages and learning about global issues. Hardesty Hall is also home to the English Institute, Student Affairs & Student Activities, Orientation and the Center for Global Education. It is on the heart of campus and close to the Student Union and academic buildings.
Click here to read more about campus housing and Hardesty Hall.
Congratulations! You will be a TU student next semester. It is time to get ready for your life in Tulsa. Please log back into your online account to read pre-arrival information, create your TUnetID (campus e-mail & login), apply for housing & orientation and tell us about your arrival for airport pickup. You should complete the post-acceptance steps of your online application as soon as you can.
After receipt of the welcome packet that was mailed to your permanent address (which will include the DS-2019 immigration document & instructions), you will need to apply and pay for the J-1 Visa for Exchange Visitors at the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence.
More information at your local U.S. Embassy/Consulate.
You should arrive in Tulsa one week before the start of the Fall term (the Monday before) or the Thursday before the start of the Spring term, so you can participate in the New to the US Student Orientation. Exact dates will be available on your online application. You should plan to leave campus housing the Friday after the last day of exams.
The University of Tulsa’s academic calendar provides a complete list of academic dates.