Welcome prospective international applicants!

The Graduate College at the University of Vermont represents 49 countries in our master’s and doctoral programs and welcomes applications from students around the world.

What's it like to study and live in Burlington, Vermont? Students from Uganda, India, and Bangladesh talk life and research at the University of Vermont (UVM).


In addition to the application requirements listed under the Application Instructions page, please read below for further information and requirements for international students:

Evidence of Financial Support

For purposes of obtaining a visa, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service requires that all international students submit evidence of independent financial support in the form of a signed statement from a bank or scholarship source.

Upon admission, you will be required to provide evidence of independent financial support in the form of a statement from a bank or scholarship source. The appropriate form and instructions will be sent to you at the time you are admitted to the University. This communication will come from the Office of International Education.

Please note that all documents showing evidence of financial support should go directly to the Office of International Education, not the Graduate College.

Documents not issued in English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation.

English Proficiency Examination

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants must submit official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). 
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements of the English proficiency will not be eligible for admission.

  Internet Based (iBT)
TOEFL: Minimum for admission to the Graduate College at UVM 90
TOEFL: Minimum for a student to qualify for funding at UVM 100
IELTS: Minimum for admission to the Graduate College at UVM 6.5
IELTS: Minimum for a student to qualify for funding at UVM 7.0

Institution Code for TOEFL test scores for UVM is 3920.

For further information about the TOEFL or IELTS exams, please see the following websites:
TOEFL - https://www.ets.org/toefl
IELTS - https://www.ielts.org/


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver?

The English Language Proficiency requirement can be waived for applicants who have received, or are expected to receive, an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the United States or other countries in which English is an official language and is the language of instruction in higher education.

In addition, to qualify for a waiver, the institution must be recognized or approved by the Ministry of Education or equivalent.

If you have a question about whether or not your institution qualifies for a waiver, please contact the Graduate College Admissions Office at graduate.admissions@uvm.edu for more information.

How do I request a TOEFL/IELTS Waiver?

To request a waiver of the English Proficiency requirement during the application process, please submit the official transcript(s) from the qualified institution(s) and complete PDF icon this form (PDF). Please email the completed form to graduate.admissions@uvm.edu.

What if my TOEFL/IELTS scores do not meet the minimum requirement?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements of the English proficiency will not be eligible for admission. However, there is a Pre-Master’s Program (PMP) offered in some disciplines that prepares international students for graduate course work by offering a curriculum that combines English language courses and courses in their intended field of study.
For further information, please UVM’s Global Gateway Program website. You can also contact the Study Group Admissions Manager at uvmadmissions@studygroup.com.

How long are my TOEFL/IELTS scores valid?

The TOEFL and IELTS exam scores are valid for two years after the test date.

In what language should I submit my transcripts?

Applicants are required to submit their transcripts in the official language of the institution and provide a certified English translation. Translations must be done by your institution, a certified translation agency such as University Language Services, or another professional translation service.

Should I have my documents evaluated by a credential evaluation service?

Applicants are not required to have their documents evaluated by a third party credential evaluation service. However, the Graduate College encourages international applicants to have their credentials reviewed to expedite the admissions review process. For a list of acceptable credentialing services, please see the NACES or AICE websites.

Where should my official documents be sent?

Official transcripts, and degree and graduation certificates when applicable, should be sent directly to the Graduate College from the institution electronically or by mail. Transcripts must be obtained from each of the post-secondary educational institutions you have attended including your current institution, if applicable.

At this time, we accept electronic transcripts from the following services:

  • Direct from your institutions registrar's office
  • eScripts
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Parchment Exchange
  • World Education Services

Electronic transcripts can be sent to: graduate.admissions@uvm.edu

Paper transcripts can be sent to:
The Graduate College Admissions Office
The University of Vermont
330 Waterman Building
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0160

Please note that once received, international official transcript must be reviewed and it may take a few business days before the transcripts are uploaded to the application.

When do I find more information on documents required to apply for my visa?

If admitted to UVM, the Office of International Education (OIE) will contact you with more information about obtaining your visa.
For general information about international education, please visit OIE’s website.

Is funding available for international students?

Funding may be available for qualified international students in the form of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Research Assistantship, departmental scholarship, international scholarship or funding from your home country.
Please contact the department to which you are applying for more information.

For information about external funding opportunities available to international students, please visit Funding your Graduate Degree webpage.

Is there on-campus housing available for graduate students?

The UVM Residence Life does not offer on-campus housing for graduate students. For information on how to find other off-campus housing options, please visit the Office of International Education’s page. Please see the sections titled “UVM Off-Campus Housing for Graduate Students” and “Other Off-Campus Housing Options”.


For further questions, please contact Rebecca "Becky" Prigge, International Student Services Specialist, at Rebecca.prigge@uvm.edu.