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International Admissions

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UMBC welcomes our international students. UMBC is a diverse and active campus and we have a large international student population. For more information about our campus and the resources available to international students, click here.

To apply to UMBC, international students will need to submit application documents as early as possible.

General Requirements

Generally, international applicants must be in a Master’s or Ph.D program. International students residing in the United States who have a pertinent immigration status, meet the required language proficiency, and possess appropriate academic preparation may be considered for non-degree or certificate status. International applicants are required to provide an official English language transcript and a native language transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Each set of documents must list subjects studied, grades or marks received and rank in class or division.

The UMBC Graduate School will accept official WES ICAP Course-by-Course evaluations as fulfillment of the requirement for official transcripts in the admissions process. The WES evaluation is optional. The Graduate School needs to receive either an official WES evaluation or official transcripts. The WES ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation includes copies of the official transcripts and degree certificates that have been verified by WES, and it includes a course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation must be sent directly from WES to the UMBC Graduate School in order to be considered official.

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English Proficiency

An English proficiency test is required for most international students. The Graduate School has a minimum TOEFL score of 80, but certain academic programs may require a higher score. MyBest scores and single date test scores for the TOEFL are both acceptable.

The IELTS minimum is a total score of 6.5 for students wishing to study at UMBC. A minimum score of 53 is required on the PTE Academic test. Please refer to our available Programs & Degrees for specific admission requirements.

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Receiving your I-20

Admitted international students must receive the immigration form (I-20) from the UMBC International Education Services office. Contact IES for more information about immigration requirements.

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Financial Responsibility Requirement

The Financial Responsibility form has required information used for issuing your immigration documents. The International Education Services office will use information provided by you in the financial responsibility form to issue an I-20. Please complete the form and email it to or fax to 410-455-1130.

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