UNE Online welcomes applications from students around the world
The University of New England (UNE) is accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE, formerly known as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for NEASC) 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.
It is important to note that applicants to online programs are not eligible for a student visa.
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.
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.)
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:
|TOEFL (Tests of English as a Foreign Language)||550 (paper-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|
- 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 & Caicos 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 the submission of a 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:
- Upon acceptance, complete the International Student Supplemental Application Form.
- Submit a Bank Statement indicating that the applicant has sufficient funds in U.S. dollars to cover the annual cost of attendance at UNE. Bank statement must be on letterhead and be officially certified or notarized to be considered acceptable documentation.
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.
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.
Keep in mind electronic evaluations are typically delivered much faster than post-mail methods. When requesting your evaluation, please check to see which delivery methods are available.
We have listed four preferred organizations below that offer electronic evaluation delivery:
- WES (World Education Services, Inc.)
- Educational Perspectives
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. International Education Consultants
- ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.)
Your enrollment counselor can help
Concerns regarding your international admissions and your ability to provide official transcripts should be directed to your enrollment 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 a referral to an overseas educational advising center near you, or consult the list available on the U.S. State Department website.