International students are welcome here!
As an international student at UMBC, you’ll find a student-centered learning environment with a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus culture. We have a large international population – International students made up 25% of our fall 2020 graduate population.
We recommend that international students submit application documents as early as possible.
Usually, our international applicants can only 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 Graduate School at UMBC 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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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. We also now accept the TOEFL Essentials test. The minimum score on the TOEFL Essentials test is 8.5. Our ETS institution code is 5835.
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.
For the Spring 2022 application cycle, select programs will also be accepting the Duolingo English test. As compared to an 80 TOEFL score or a 6.5 IELTS score, the Duolingo minimum score is 105. To find out whether your program will accept your Duolingo results, please contact your Graduate Program Coordinator directly.
Students who completed their education in an English-speaking country or institution may be exempt from this requirement, per the guidelines listed here.
Receiving your I-20
Admitted international students must receive their I-20 (required immigration document) from UMBC International Student and Scholar Services. Students should request their I-20 through the ISSS portal. More information about the I-20 and financial requirements can be found here. Contact ISSS (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about I-20 requirements.
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