International Student Admission

The University of Maryland (UMD) seeks to enroll international students who demonstrate strong academic performance with records suggesting potential for success at the university. Admission to the University of Maryland is competitive. Typically, admission is offered to applicants whose academic credentials indicate marks of "very good" to "excellent." Due to space limitations and the competitive nature of undergraduate admission at UMD, an international applicant should submit a complete application as early as possible, and always before the deadlines listed in this section. Evaluation of an applicant's credentials will take place only after all application materials are received. 

Students who are non-U.S. citizens or non-permanent U.S. residents should apply as international applicants. Please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for more information regarding English proficiency requirements

Freshman Admission - International

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have completed fewer than 12 semester hours of university-level credit beyond secondary school at the time of applying to UMD. Successful freshman applicants demonstrate satisfactory completion of diverse college-preparatory subjects in secondary school, proficiency in English and evidence of sufficient funds to cover all expenses. Due to space limitations, we are unable to offer admission to all students who have the ability to be academically successful at UMD.

The fall early action deadline is November 1 and the spring deadline is August 1. Applications are considered complete when the online application and all required documents, including English language proficiency test scores, have been submitted. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their application by the early action deadline when applicable.

For a listing of required documents, please review the International Application Checklist.

Transfer Admission - International

Students who graduate from high school/secondary school and subsequently complete a minimum of 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours during a regular term excluding summer school, at a regionally accredited college or university are considered transfer applicants. Students who have completed fewer than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours are expected to submit high school/secondary school records and SAT and/or ACT scores (if the student indicates they would like their scores to be considered) for review. When an applicant has attended more than one institution, a cumulative average for all previous college/university work attempted will be computed and included in the review process. To be considered, coursework must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university. 

Admission is competitive. Successful transfer applicants demonstrate better than average grades in strong academic courses, proficiency in English and evidence of sufficient funds to cover all expenses. Due to space limitation, we are unable to offer admission to all students who have the ability to be academically successful at UMD. 

The fall early action deadline is March 1 and the spring deadline is August 1. Applications are considered complete when the online application and all required documents have been submitted. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their applications by the early action deadline when applicable.

For a listing of required documents, please visit review the International Application Checklist.

Non-U.S. Academic Credentials

UMD requires all students with non-U.S. academic credentials to submit a third party academic evaluation for only post-secondary/university credentials from one of the two evaluators listed below. 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 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 one year of post-secondary/university education completed

English Proficiency

Non-native English speakers (regardless of citizenship) who seek admission to UMD must verify their proficiency in English by taking and submitting an official score report from one of the following English proficiency exams: Duolingo English Test, International English Language Test System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). While scores from one of these exams are required to satisfy proficiency in English, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will conduct a full file review considering all application materials submitted to make a determination about the student's level of English proficiency. Please refer to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website for more information regarding English proficiency requirements

Visa Requirements

Admitted Students Residing Outside of the United States: To enter the U.S., international students residing abroad will need a valid passport from their country of citizenship and a visa from the U.S. Consulate. In order to obtain a visa for the purposes of studying in the U.S., students must first be admitted to the university and confirm their enrollment. Admitted students who have submitted proof of funding to cover the cost of their program of study at University of Maryland will be issued the Certificate of Eligibility form (Form I-20) to obtain an F-1 Visa (Academic Student). Admitted students who are sponsored by agencies, foundations or their home government, or are participating in an established exchange program may be issued the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status (Form DS-2019) to obtain a J-1 visa.

Admitted Students Currently Residing in the United States: Admitted students currently holding F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor status need to submit a photocopy of their I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, visa stamp and current Form I-20 or  Form DS-2019, along with proof of having sufficient funds to cover the cost of their study. Students holding another type of non-immigrant status need to submit a photocopy of their Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and visa stamp, and must indicate if they intend to seek a change to F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor status. Upon admission and submission of the appropriate financial support documentation, the university will then issue the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility Form (I-20 or DS-2019) to the student.

For more information, please visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.

International External Exam

UMD awards credit for some Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level (A-Level/AS-Level) Exams taken through Cambridge International Exams (CIE) or other recognized organizations. There are other types of college-level exams that may be awarded credit on a case-by-case basis. For additional information on the transferability of these exams, please see Prior Learning Credit section of this catalog.