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International Applicant Requirements


University of Maryland (UMD) is committed to enrolling a diverse student body from around the globe.

Students who are non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent U.S. residents should apply as international applicants.

In addition to the required criteria for freshman or transfer admission, the Admission Committee will also consider the following factors for all international applicants:

  • National education system
  • Types of institutions attended
  • English language proficiency
    • If English is not your native language-regardless of your citizenship-you must provide the university with verification of your proficiency in English.
    • Your English language proficiency test scores, which must be less than two years old, must be sent to the office of Undergraduate Admissions directly from the testing agency.
    • Your application will not be considered complete until we have received your official English proficiency test scores.
  • Third-part academic evaluations for non-U.S. academic credentials
    • Please review the “Non-U.S. Academic Credentials” section below for specific instructions on satisfying this requirement.

 

For a list of all required materials, please review the international application checklist.

Remember to use your full legal name as it appears on your passport in your application and on all supporting documents so we can issue the necessary immigration documents. Please do not send unnecessary supporting documents such as photographs, recordings or writing samples. The university will not be responsible for keeping them or storing them in your file.

When completing your application, be sure to provide a foreign street address—not a P.O. Box—as your permanent home address so we can issue your I-20 form. Additionally, please ensure that your email address is correct so you can track your application status online.

The Admission Committee considers 26 unique factors as part of our holistic review. This process considers all aspects of each applicant’s qualifications and offers admission to the most competitive applicants in order to build a vibrant class of students. When a decision is available, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will send an email to the applicant notifying them that their admission decision can be viewed online.

Applications are considered complete when the online application and all required documents have been submitted. All materials must be received or postmarked by the application deadline for consideration. It may take up to five business days after submission for you to be able to view the status of your application and any submitted documents online. It is your responsibility to confirm receipt of all application materials.

When you apply to UMD, your preferred major is not considered in whether or not you are admissible to the university. You cannot indicate double-major preferences or minors at the time of application. However, after you are admitted, you can work with the academic advisor in your college to declare these preferences.

Certain majors are very popular and require a limit on the number of students they can accommodate. These majors are known as Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP). Admitted students who selected an LEP as their major are then reviewed by the specific program to determine admission to that major.

While the majority of students are admitted to their preferred major, some LEP applicants may not be. If you are admitted to UMD but not your preferred LEP major, you will be placed in Letters & Sciences, where you'll work with an advisor to meet the gateway requirements to earn admission to that major. If you are admitted to UMD and did not select an LEP major, you will be admitted directly to the major indicated on your application. The major you are placed in will be included in your admission decision letter. 

UMD requires all students with non-U.S. academic credentials to submit a third party academic evaluation for all post-secondary/university credentials from one of the two evaluators listed below (this is not required for secondary school academic records). Evaluations must be received by the appropriate deadline.

  • Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
    • Start the evaluation process with ECE by visiting their Education Reports page.
    • Requirements:
      • Course-by-course evaluation
      • Original transcript(s) and a certified English translation of the transcript(s)
      • Grade point average calculation
      • Upper division course designation
         
  • Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A)
    • Start the evaluation process with JS&A by using their application for evaluation form
    • Requirements:
      • Course-by-course evaluation
      • Original transcript(s) and a certified English translation of the transcript(s)
      • Grade point average calculation
      • Upper division course designation for students with more than 1 year of post-secondary/university education completed

Freshman

If you have non-U.S. academic credentials, provide all academic records in the original language with a certified English translation. If you attended secondary school outside of the United States, you must provide, where appropriate, official results and a certificate of completion from a national secondary school examination (such as the GCSE or Baccalaureate). 

High school students are required to submit an official English translation if applicable and are encouraged to also submit a third party evaluation.

Transfer

If you have non-U.S. academic credentials, provide all academic records (all post-secondary institutions) in the original language with a certified English translation. To receive transfer credits, UMD requires you to submit catalog descriptions or syllabi of your coursework. Course syllabi and descriptions must be translated from the original language into English and certified by a professional translator. The transcripts should include all university-level coursework completed to date, including the term in progress.

If you are admitted to UMD and hold or intend to seek an F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor visa, you must provide bank statements that demonstrate sufficient funds to cover expenses. We do not need this documentation until after you are offered admission to the university.

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If you are admitted to UMD and hold or intend to seek an F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor visa, you must submit a photocopy of your I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and visa stamp. We do not need this documentation until after you are offered admission to the university.

Learn more about visa requirements >>

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