If you were educated abroad, follow our simple steps and guidelines below to get started on your University of Maryland University College education.

The following information is designed for students who want to apply to the UMUC division in the United States. If you wish to apply to UMUC Europe or UMUC Asia, please visit their websites to learn more.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements for Students Educated Abroad

  1. Secondary education (high school graduation): If you have earned fewer than 24 transferable credits at a U.S. college or university, you must verify your completion of the equivalent of a U.S. secondary education by doing one of the following:
    • Requesting an evaluation from an approved international credit evaluation service
    • Providing official transcripts showing completion of the U.S. General Education Development, known as the GED, exam with a passing score
  2. English language proficiency: If English is not your native language, you need to demonstrate college-level proficiency in written English prior to enrolling at UMUC by means of one of the following:
    • Earn a minimum score of 550 on the written version or 79 on the Internet version on the Test of English as a Foreign Language; the TOEFL score recovery code for UMUC is 5804
    • Earn a minimum overall score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System; must include the academic writing and academic reading modules
    • Earn a minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam
    • Provide documentation of graduation from a U.S. high school or regionally accredited university
    • Provide a transcript indicating a grade of C or higher in an English composition course from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university

Please send official score reports directly from the testing agency to Student Academic Records. All scores (TOEFL, IELTS, and EIKEN) must be no more than two years old.

After proof of English language proficiency is met, you will be eligible to enroll while we await verification of your academic credentials. If we do not receive verification within two terms of application, you will not be permitted to register for subsequent semesters until official documentation is received and accepted for admissions purposes.

Applicants who were educated in select countries already meet the English language requirement. See countries that qualify.

Graduate Admissions Requirements for Students Educated Abroad

  1. Official documentation indicating successful completion of the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree: If you were educated in a country other than the United States, you must have your official transcripts evaluated by an independent credit evaluation service. The evaluation company will send a copy of the evaluation to both you and UMUC. However, providing your transcript does not ensure admission to the Graduate School.
  2. English language proficiency: If English is not your native language, you need to demonstrate college-level proficiency in written English to UMUC by means of one of the following:
    • Earn a minimum score of 550 on the written version or 79 on the Internet version on the Test of English as a Foreign Language as well as a minimum score of 4 on the Test of Written English, except for the Internet-based TOEFL, where no TWE is required; the TOEFL score recovery code for UMUC is 5804
    • Earn a minimum overall score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System; must include the academic writing and academic reading modules
    • Earn a minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam
    • Submit a transcript indicating completion of at least 12 credits of graduate coursework within the past two years, with a grade of B or higher, at a regionally accredited U.S. degree-granting institution or college; all credit is subject to review before being accepted as evidence of English proficiency

Please send official score reports directly from the testing agency to Student Academic Records. All scores (TOEFL, IELTS, and EIKEN) must be no more than two years old.

Applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree from one of the listed countries meet the English language requirement. See countries that qualify for this waiver.

Requesting an International Student Credit Evaluation

You can earn international study transfer credit at UMUC by working with an independent approved agency. See companies that can evaluate your international credentials. All are independent and not affiliated with UMUC. Please complete these steps:

  • Follow the specific instructions of the agency
  • Include full payment as instructed by the agency
  • Mail completed forms and payment directly to the agency—not to UMUC

For transfer credit consideration, a course-by-course evaluation should be submitted. Please note that additional information needed for further research, such as a course syllabus, may be requested. A course-by-course evaluation may also be needed for programs that have a coursework admissions requirement.

UMUC reserves the right to determine acceptability and/or placement of international academic credit. Evaluation by an international evaluation agency does not guarantee acceptance or applicability toward a UMUC degree.

Note: UMUC no longer issues the form I-20 A-B Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 student status. However, students may be eligible to pursue a program online from outside of the United States. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you will need to provide documentation of your visa or immigration status to determine your eligibility to enroll and your residency status for tuition purposes. Once you submit your application for admission, a request for this documentation will be sent to you. For more information, please e-mail admissions@umuc.edu.