UMD: A Globally Connected University
Thank you for your interest in applying to the University of Maryland, College Park. Below is an overview of the application process as well as important information for international students.
Apply online at the Graduate School:
- Complete the Graduate School Application
- Pay the non-refundable application fee
Once you have submitted your application, it will first be reviewed by the program or department to which you have applied. If the program/department recommends you for admission to the Graduate School, your file will then be forwarded to the Graduate School for further verification of your academic record, and TOEFL or IELTS scores (if necessary).
When the Graduate School has made a final decision, you will receive an email notice informing you to log back into your graduate application to view the decision letter. IMPORTANT NOTE: If you choose to “opt out” of receiving emails from the Graduate School, you will not receive this notice.
If you have been admitted and you are not a US citizen or permanent resident, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will contact you to verify your visa status and to collect the financial documents required to receive the I-20 certificate of eligibility form for an F-1 visa or the DS-2019 form for a J-1 visa. Please wait a minimum of 48 hours after notification of your admission to the Graduate School to receive communication from ISSS.
As part of the admissions process, international students (F-1s and J-1s) are required to provide financial documentation which verifies that they can afford the estimated cost of tuition, fees and living expenses for a minimum of one year in their academic program. Students can submit private funds from a sponsor or funding from an outside organization such as home government, University of Maryland assistantship or an international organization.
Evidence of Sufficient Finances
Evidence of your personal or outside funding can be in the form of:
- PERSONAL/OUTSIDE FUNDING
- a copy of a personal bank statement, translated to English and dated within the last three months. YOU MAY ONLY PROVIDE THREE BANK STATEMENTS. We understand this may require you to condense several accounts into fewer,
- a copy of a scholarship, assistantship or fellowship award letter, and/or
- funding support letter from your home government or an international organization (must indicate if tuition & fees, housing, other expenses, etc. will be covered; indicate duration of funding). This should also include "University of Maryland" in the text of the award letter.
- FAMILY FUNDING
If your family is supplying copies of their bank statements, we also need a signed letter from each supporting family member, in English, or with an attached translation, stating that they are giving you that money for your educational expenses (see document submission below).
- SPONSOR FUNDING
If you have a sponsor, the following information from your sponsor is required:
- A current official bank statement (dated in the past 3 months) from your sponsor or yourself. The statement should clearly indicate the name(s) of the account holder(s) and the actual amount of money in the account(s). Please note we cannot accept solvency certificates.
- We do not accept loans or non-liquid assets.
- A letter confirming financial support signed by your sponsor.
- If your sponsor is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, an Affidavit of Support (link is external) (I-134 form signed by all sponsors) is required.
- If you have dependent(s), please show additional financial support of $4500 for each dependent.
If you are already in the United States, attach copies of your passport, US visa, I-94 card, and all pages of your I-20/DS-2019.
Please log onto iTerp to submit all documentation.
Note: We encourage students to submit all supporting documents prior to the application deadline. However, supporting documents such as financial and visa information may be submitted after the deadline.
Questions? Contact an Admissions Advisor.