International Students

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International Student Admission Requirements

International students must comply with all the general admissions requirements and submit the following:

  • Submit official transcripts from all universities/colleges attended (including U.S. universities).*
  • All transcripts and diplomas must be in their original language with a certified English translation of both the transcript and the diploma.
  • Photocopies of all diplomas and/or certificates earned.
  • Copy of passport
  • Bank statement or sponsorship letter within six (6) months**
  • Official scores for the TOEFL or IELTS exam

International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL. The minimum TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) or 80 (IBT). The IELTS is now also accepted. The minimum passing score is 6.5.

For more information please visit both the International Students webpage and the International Applicants for the College of Arts and Sciences webpage on the Graduate School website. We also encourage applicants to visit the International Student and Scholar Services website.


*The University of Miami reserves the right to contact the issuing institution or goverment agency to verify the authenticity of documents. 

**An official bank or government sponsorship letter (issued within 6 months of starting at UM) addressed to the University of Miami, guaranteeing the availability of sufficient funds to cover tuition and fees, books, housing, insurance and personal expenses is required ($50,000 USD). Computer printouts are not acceptable. If the bank account belongs to a relative or other sponsor, a letter of sponsorship addressed to the University of Miami is also required, and must contain the following - amount of financial support promised for the first year of enrollment, date written, name and address of the sponsor, relationship of the sponsor to the student, sponsor's signature.