International Student Admission

UNE welcomes applications from students from around the world to our online programs

English Language Proficiency | Verification of Financial Support | English Translation of Transcript | Transcript Evaluation

 UNE is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security to enroll international students and issue student and/or exchange visitor visa-qualifying documents (I-20/DS-2019). We comply with all regulations of the U.S. Government SEVIS program pertaining to the enrollment and tracking of international students.

Are you an international student?

At UNE, an international student is someone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. (holder of a “Green Card”). Prospective international students must meet the same admissions criteria required of all other applicants. It’s important to note that applicants to UNE online programs are not eligible for a student visa.

Admissions requirements

An international applicant (not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who will require a visa to study in the U.S.)
OR
An applicant with international degrees or coursework (a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who has been educated outside of the U.S. and will not require a visa to study in the U.S.)

  • General admissions criteria for the University and its academic programs can be found by accessing the undergraduate or graduate admissions catalogs or the individual program or major.
  • In addition to the general University admissions criteria, and program specific criteria, international students must also meet the following: English Language Proficiency
    • International applicants must be able to understand and communicate in English to gain full admission to the University of New England. If English is not your native language, you will need to submit documentation that indicates your level of English proficiency.
    • UNE accepts several methods of English proficiency including the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), as well as others. Students will meet the minimum standards for English proficiency at UNE by demonstrating one of the following:

TESTS SCORE
TOEFL (Tests of English as a Foreign Language) 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based) 79 (internet-based)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Overall Band 6.0 or higher
IB (International Baccalaureate) Grade 5 or higher
SAT (Critical Reading and Writing Sections) 500 or higher
GRE (Analytical Writing Section) 4.0 or higher
AP (English Language and Composition Exams) Score of 3 or higher with college transfer credit received
One year of English composition, passed at a US institution, which counts as a transfer credit at UNE (not ESL) Grade of “C”or higher

Additional Methods

  • Students who have attended a regionally accredited U.S. high school or U.S. Department of Defense school overseas for at least three years, or have received an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university will meet English proficiency requirements.
  • UNE also waives the English proficiency requirement for students who graduated from a regionally accredited school in other English-speaking countries: Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Guyana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caico Isle, United Kingdom, and Virgin Islands, and others.
  • Passing scores on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification (with submission of photocopy of ECFMG certification to UNE Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions).

Verification of financial support

Federal law requires that we document how you will finance your education in the U.S., prior to issuing the appropriate student visa application form. In addition to the application for admission to your program of interest, all international applicants must:

International transcripts

English translation of transcript

  • All official scholastic records submitted in support of your application must be in English or include English translations.
  • English translations should be literal (word-for-word, not interpretive) translations.
  • For specific procedures and admission criteria for each of our academic programs, please check the program website.

Transcript evaluation

  • All applicants with international degrees or coursework are responsible for having their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the U.S.
  • UNE accepts foreign educational credential evaluations from all NACES® members, as well as AACRAO, the American Association of Credentialed Registrars and Admissions Officers.
    • Please note: Any evaluations submitted to UNE by approved credential evaluators need not include the original transcript.
  • Please see the International Student Admissions policies for additional requirements regarding English language proficiency, ECFMG requirements and verification of financial support.

Your admissions counselor can help

Concerns regarding your ability to provide official transcripts should be directed to your admissions counselor. For further assistance with securing official documents and information from your country, please contact your local U.S. Embassy/U.S. Consulate/Office of Public Affairs for referral to an overseas educational advising center near you, or consult the list available on the U.S. State Department website.

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