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:

International Application Deadlines

In order to allow sufficient time to process applications and immigration documents for international applicants, the Graduate College recommends that applicants submit their application and supporting materials as early as possible. Although deadlines posted by the program may be different, international applicants must submit their documents by the following dates:

Deadline to Submit Complete Application Deadline to Submit Response to Offer of Admission Deadline for Admitted Students to Request Immigration document*
Fall Term: June 24
(Or program deadline if earlier)
Fall Term: July 5 Fall Term: July 15
Spring Term: November 8
(Or program deadline if earlier)
Spring Term: November 21 Spring Term: December 1
Summer Term: March 8
(Or program deadline if earlier)
Summer Term: March 21 Summer Term: April 1

*Once you have officially accepted the Graduate College’s offer of admission, the Office of International Education will contact students to request their immigration documents. For instructions on how to accept your offer and submit your response, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

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 after you have officially accepted your offer of admission 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/

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements of the English proficiency will not be eligible for admission. However, there is a Global Gateway Pre-Master’s Program (PMP) offered in the disciplines below, which is a pathway in which you earn graduate credits while increasing your language proficiency.

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Pharmacology
  • Physics
  • Statistics

 

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. Please note that it must be stated that English is the language of instruction on either the transcript, diploma certificate (or equivalent), or a letter directly from the institution.

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?

If applicants have earned a degree from a U.S. institution, the TOEFL/IELTS waiver will be applied by the Graduate College. Please note it will take between 3-5 business days for the waiver to appear on your application checklist after your application has been officially submitted.

Applicants who have an earned qualifying degrees from an institution outside of the U.S. will need to submit an official transcript from the qualifying institution and complete PDF icon this form (PDF). Please email the completed form to graduate.admissions@uvm.edu.

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 literal (word-for-word) English translation. Translations must be done by your institution, an U.S. Embassy or Consulate, an EducationUSA Advising Center, or a certified translation agency such as University Language Services.

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

Academic credentials earned from institutions outside the United States will receive an in-house evaluation. Applicants are not required to have their documents evaluated by a third-party credential evaluation service. However, the Graduate College encourages admitted international applicants to have their credentials reviewed. For a list of acceptable credentialing services, please see the NACES or AICE websites.

Where should my official documents be sent?

Official transcripts/subject mark sheets and degree 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
  • A NACES or AICE approved third-party credential evaluation service which requires official transcripts for evaluation

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 transcripts will receive an in-house credential evaluation unless a third-party credential evaluation is sent. This evaluation may take several business days before the documents will be uploaded to the application.

When will I receive information about the immigration documents required to apply for my student visa?

If you have been offered admission to the Graduate College, you must accept your offer through the decision response form in your application portal to receive information about your immigration documents. After you have accepted the offer, Office of International Education (OIE) will contact you by email with more information.

In order to allow sufficient time to process immigration documents, applicants must submit their decision response form by the following deadlines:

Term Deadline to Submit Response to Offer of Admission
Fall July 5
Spring November 21
Summer March 21

 

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.