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International Applicant Requirements

We are committed to enrolling a diverse student body from around the globe.

Students with non-U.S. academic records and/or are non U.S. citizens or non permanent U.S. residents (those who hold or intend to seek an F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor visa to study in the United States) should apply as international applicants.

International applicants must meet the criteria for freshman or transfer admission. Be sure to review the international application checklist for a list of all required materials for a complete application, and remember to submit all application materials together.

For international students, the Admission Committee will also consider factors such as TOEFL/IELTS scores, national education system and types of institutions attended. You do not need to submit your visa, certification of finances and other supporting international documents for a completed application; however, you will need to submit them if you are admitted to the university.

Remember to use your full legal name as it appears on your passport in your application and 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 Admissions 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 postmarked by the application deadline for consideration. Please note that it may take up to five days after submission for you to be able to view the status of your application and any submitted documents online. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm receipt of all application materials.

When you apply to Maryland, your preferred major is not considered in whether or not you are admissible to Maryland. You cannot indicate double-major preferences or minors at the time of application; 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 a Limited Enrollment Program 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. Students who are admitted to Maryland but not their preferred LEP major are placed in Letters & Sciences, where they will work with an advisor to meet the gateway requirements to earn admission to that major. Admitted students who did not select an LEP major are admitted directly to the major indicated on their application. All major decisions are included in the applicant’s admission decision letter.

If English is not your native language—regardless of your citizenship—you must provide the university with verification of your proficiency in English. To assist in matching your official scores with your application, you may submit copies of your test score reports with your application materials. Please note that your English proficiency test scores are not considered official until we receive them directly from the testing agency.
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If you are admitted to the University of Maryland 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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Beginning with the Fall 2018 admissions cycle, the University of Maryland will require students to submit a third party academic evaluation for only post-secondary/university credentials using either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or Josef Silny & Associates (JS&A). Evaluations must be received by the appropriate deadline.

  • Please submit the course-by-course evaluation along with your original transcript(s) and a certified English translation of the transcript(s), if applicable. As well as your grade point average calculation and upper division course designations. If your evaluation is being completed by JS&A, upper division course designations must be submitted for students with more than one year of post-secondary/university education completed. 


If you have non-U.S. academic credentials, provide all academic records—secondary and college—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.


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, the University of Maryland 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 course work completed to date, including the term in progress.

If you are admitted to the University of Maryland 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.
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