Monday, May 12, 2014

[CAMPUS SPOTLIGHT]: Temple University, Pennsylvania

France, China, Korea, Nigeria and Turkey are just a few of the more than 100 countries represented in Temple University’s student body. Students come to Temple from around the world for many reasons. Its reputation for educational excellence is global. The Main Campus location in Philadelphia and its proximity to New York and Washington, D.C., is unbeatable. Campuses in Rome, Italy and Tokyo, Japan allow students a global experience. Simply put, the opportunities and experiences Temple offer are transformational.

Campus Overview

Degrees (2013)
  • Associate's: 8
  • Bachelor's: 6,080
  • Master's: 1,573
  • Doctoral: 1,201
  • Total enrollment: 37,270
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 28,068
  • Graduate enrollment: 9,202
  • Total international enrollment: 4%
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1
  • Full-Time Faculty: 1,481

Temple University
International Admissions
1803 N. Broad Street, 714 Carnell Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122 (USA)

Phone: 215-204-4900
Fax: 215-204-4990

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Student Life

You might say Temple is a meeting ground for a universe of ideas, attitudes, and experiences. There are students from just about any background you can think of. They’re all different with one thing in common: the desire to be their best and make things happen. Students are proud to be Temple Made. Hundreds of on-campus clubs and organizations provide wonderful opportunities for students to join, lead and expand your horizons, make friends and have fun. Temple students are involved in a variety of clubs that include: educational, multicultural, artistic, pre-professional, political, athletic, religious, community service, and more.

Main Campus is fewer than two miles from center city Philadelphia, the second-largest city on the East Coast and fifth-largest city in the United States. Everything the city has to offer is at the doorstep of Temple’s students. The Broad Street subway has a stop at Temple University and can transport students to art museums, dance and theatre productions, and professional sporting events. Main Campus also has a regional rail train station which connects to Philadelphia’s international airport. World class museums, renowned theatre and music performance centers, and amazing restaurants are everywhere you turn. Make Philly your classroom by taking advantage of hands-on learning and internships in business, healthcare, education, the arts, and more.

Temple University brings all our new international students onto campus for a week long orientation. Temple helps students open bank accounts, take them shopping for school and living supplies, and schedule fun activities to welcome them to Philadelphia. International students will have one-on-one meetings with their academic advisors to plan their studies.

International students benefit from one of the largest university computer centers in the country, a language lab, an extensive library system, writing center, tutoring services, and career center.

Residence Life and Housing Services

Temple University offers on-campus housing accommodations to newly admitted students and most freshmen choose to live on campus for good reason. It's just a short walk to classes, gymnasiums, restaurants, and study spots. When you’re ready to relax, your residence hall is home—the place to go when you want to rest, hang out, and have fun with your classmates. Temple’s Global Living Learning Community (Global LLC) pairs international students with American students as roommates. The Global LLC brings together students from all over the world to learn from one another through their differences as well as their similarities. This community addresses and supports issues of isolation, cultural and language barriers and sharing cultural experiences. This housing program helps new international students acclimate to Temple and the U.S., exposes domestic students to cultures other than their own, and provides support for international students both academically and socially as they adjust to a new culture and learning environment in the U.S.

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office offers an array of services and is committed to providing exemplary support to Temple University's international students, scholars and researchers.

  1. Generates all required legal documents for non-immigrant students and scholars 
  2. Provides advisory and counseling services
  3. Serves as a liaison to university departments, United States and foreign government agencies and the greater community
  4. Facilitates the assimilation of international students and scholars into the larger Temple community
  5. Contributes to the international community's cross-cultural understanding and appreciation
  6. Provides activities throughout the semester that are relevant to non-immigrant students and scholars 

International Undergraduate Application Requirements

  1. Completed application. Online and paper applications are available
  2. Official High School and/or University transcripts with English translations
  3. Standardized tests (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE)
  4. One recommendation letter

Student’s requiring an I-20 document will need to submit an additional application online for this document. Temple University recommends, but does not require submitting all documents together. Temple can make an admission decision without your I-20 application materials.

International Graduate Application Requirements

  1. Online application
  2. Submit an official copy of the degree, diploma, or certificate awarded whereby the academic institution validates completion and conferral
  3. A standardized test of scholastic aptitude, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE®) (General and/or Subject), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT®), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT™)
  4. Letters of reference, which may be submitted on our Reference Report for Graduate Study or as a traditional letter of recommendation
  5. An interview
  6. An audition for such disciplines as dance, music performance, and theater/acting
  7. Portfolios or exhibits to demonstrate creative potential and ability in such fields as fibers and fabric design, film and media arts, and painting.

* Application requirements will differ based on the department to which the student is applying for.

English Proficiency Requirements


Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency as evidenced by:
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 minimum
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • PTE: 53


Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency as evidenced by:
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: 79
  • TOEFL Paper-based test: 550
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • PTE: 53

Temple University also offers Intensive English Language Programs for students interested in improving their language skills or preparing for university admissions in the U.S. Temple does offer conditional admission to students who have the academic qualifications but whose language abilities needs improvement. These students will be able to participate in Access Temple, a program that allows the student to simultaneously study in the Intensive English Language Program and take a credit-bearing Temple University course in an academic area of their choosing. Upon completion of Access Temple, students will receive full admission to Temple University and be allowed to take a full-time course load.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

All international students admitted to Temple University will be considered for scholarships at the time of their application review. Academic scholarships are awarded to international students with strong credentials based on a number of criteria including GPA, standardized test scores, etc. There is no need for students to make a separate application. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award at the time of their acceptance.

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