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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015


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 1st. The Spring (January) general deadline is August 1st.

For a listing of required documents, please visit our website: www.admissions.umd.edu/requirements/InternationalApplicants.php .

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 1st. The spring (January) final deadline is August 1st.

For a listing of required documents, please visit our website: www.admissions.umd.edu/requirements/InternationalApplicants.php .

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: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS).  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 Requirements
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 Student and Scholar Services website . 

International External Exam
The University of Maryland awards credit for Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level (A-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 later in
Chapter 1 Transfer Admission section.

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