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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION

The University of Maryland seeks to enroll international students who demonstrate strong academic performance with records suggesting potential for success at Maryland. Admission is competitive and 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 the University of Maryland, an international applicant should submit a complete application as early as possible, and always before the deadlines listed in this section. Applications completed after a deadline will not be considered for that semester, but will be reviewed for the following semester. Evaluation of an applicant's credentials will take place only after all application materials are received. 

Applicants currently holding or intending to seek an F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor visa to study in the United States are considered international applicants and should observe the following instructions. All other non-immigrant visa holders (including A, E, G, H, I, and L) should follow the domestic Freshman and Transfer instructions.

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 you plan to enter the University of Maryland. 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 successful academically at the University of Maryland.

The Fall (August) deadline for applications to be received is November 1. The Spring (January) general deadline is August 1.

All of the following documents must be submitted before the freshman final deadline for an applicant to be considered for undergraduate admission: International Student Application for Undergraduate Admission; nonrefundable application fee (U.S. $65.00); official secondary school transcripts in native language with certified literal English translations and, where appropriate, official results and certificate of completion from a national secondary school examination and external board or agency examination; all official university or college transcripts in native language with certified literal English translations (if any); proof of English proficiency (Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS); SAT or ACT official results; statement of activities; essays; guidance counselor and teacher recommendation letters; and Certification of Finances, including supporting documents that demonstrate support of U.S. $46,788 per year. Current F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders must also provide photocopies of their I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, visa stamp, and current I-20 or DS-2019 form. Current other non-immigrant Visa Holders must also provide photocopies of their I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and visa stamp.
 

Transfer Admission - International
You are considered a transfer applicant if you have completed 12 or more semester hours of university-level credit beyond secondary school at the time you plan to enter the University of Maryland. Students who have completed fewer than 30 transferable credits must submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. 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 limitations, we are unable to offer admission to all students who have the ability to be academically successful at the University of Maryland.

The fall (August) final deadline for applications to be received is March 1. The spring (January) final deadline is August 1.

All of the following documents must be submitted before the transfer final deadline for an applicant to be considered for undergraduate admission: International Student Application for Undergraduate Admission; nonrefundable application fee (U.S. $65.00); all official university or college transcripts in native language with certified literal English translations; proof of English proficiency; essays; statement of activities; and Certification of Finances, including supporting documents that demonstrate support of U.S. $46,788 per year . Current F-1 and J-1 Visa Holders must also provide photocopies of their I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, visa stamp, and current I-20 or DS-2019 form. Current other non-immigrant Visa Holders must also provide photocopies of their I-94 Arrival/Departure Record and visa stamp. Students with fewer than 30 semester hours must also provide official secondary school transcripts in native language with certified literal English translations, SAT scores, and, where appropriate, official results and certificate of completion from a national secondary school examination.


English Proficiency
Non-native English speakers (regardless of citizenship) who seek admission to the University of Maryland must verify their proficiency in English by taking and submitting an official score report from one of the following English proficiency exams: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); or IELTS (International English Language Test System). Please note that while TOEFL or IELTS scores are required to satisfy proficiency in English, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will conduct a full file review considering all application materials submitted in the application package to make a determination about the student's level of English proficiency. Those whose native language is English, or who have earned a post-secondary degree from a university in an English-speaking country do not need to take or submit scores from an English proficiency exam. Transfer credit for an English composition course from a U.S. institution does not waive the English proficiency exam.

Visa Records
Applicants Residing Outside of the United States: To enter the United States, international students residing abroad will need a passport from their government and a visa from the U.S. Consulate. In order to obtain a visa for the purposes of studying in the United States, the applicant must present a Certificate of Eligibility form (I-20) to the U.S. Consulate for non-immigrant student status. The university will issue this form to admitted students who have submitted proof of having sufficient funds to cover the cost of a program of study. Admitted students with personal, family, or other source of private funding will be issued the Certificate of Eligibility form (
I-20) in order to obtain the F-1 Student Visa. 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 form (DS-2019) in order to obtain the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa.

Applicants Currently Residing in the United States: Applicants currently holding F-1 Student or J-1 Exchange Visitor status in the United States need to submit a photocopy of their I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, visa stamp, and current I-20 or DS-2019 form along with proof of having sufficient funds to cover the cost of a program of study. Applicants holding another type of non-immigrant status need to submit a photocopy of their 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 issue the appropriate Certificate of Eligibility form (I-20 or DS-2019) to the student.

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

International External Exam
The University of Maryland awards between 3 and 8 semester credits for most A-level exams completed with a grade of C or better. Up to 4 semester credits may be awarded for certain AS-level exams completed with acceptable grades. International Baccalaureate Diploma exams, Cambridge International exams, Caribbean Advanced Proficiency exams, and other post-secondary exam scores may be recognized for credit. For further information, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions via email at
um-admit@umd.edu or 301-314-8385.

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