If you would like to seek admission to UMass Boston as an international student, we strongly encourage you to apply online either by submitting the
or the Common Application
- You may opt instead to download and mail us a paper copy of the UMass Boston International Application along with the UMass Boston supplement.
- Please be sure to send us your application and all required materials by the deadline.
- If you experience any technical problems with the application, please email us immediately.
International Application Requirements
As a prospective international freshman student, you are required to submit all of the following materials in order to be considered for admission:
- Completed admission application
- Application fee of $100.
- An official high school record, leaving certificate and/or graduation examination results or their notarized copies. All documents in foreign languages must be translated by a certified professional
- SAT-I scores. Students seeking full admission to the university are required to submit the results of their SATs. UMass Boston may offer conditional admission to the international undergraduate applicants that meet all of the admission criteria, but whose TOEFL or IELTS results do not meet the minimum requirements. Students conditionally accepted to the university will be referred to enroll in the University Preparation ESL program.
- To be considered for full admission to Engineering, Management and Nursing, applicants must submit SAT 1 test results.
Please note: You must submit official copies of scores. The school code (CEEB code) for the University of Massachusetts Boston is 3924.
|Requirements for FULL ADMISSION||Requirements for CONDITIONAL ADMISSION|
|SAT I scores*||No SAT scores are required|
|TOEFL (79-80) or IELTS (6.0) score||IELTS or TOELF score are required|
*If a student obtains a score of 450 or higher on the Critical Reading part of the SAT no additional proof of language proficiency is required to be submitted
- To obtain form I-20 for students applying for an F-1 visa, you are required to complete and submit the Certification of Finances form (pdf). This demonstrates your ability to finance your education and living expenses during your stay as a student at UMass Boston. Your ability to document the funding available to you is a necessary part of your application for an F-1 student visa. You must submit the original document.
- Affidavit of Support form (in English) from your sponsor(s), unless you are using personal funds, stating the undertaking of all expenses for the duration of your studies here at the university. Also, include your sponsor's current bank statement. You must submit the original document.
- Academic Recommendation Letter ( from a school-based counselor and/or teacher)
All documents can be mailed to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393
All UMass Boston applicants are asked to submit a personal essay. It gives you the opportunity to present yourself in a way that grades and test scores cannot. Our admissions counselors use your essay to determine your ability to organize your thoughts and express yourself clearly.
The admission essay is also used in consideration for admission to the university’s Honors Program or scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants.
Please select one of the following questions and write an essay of about 500 words.
Essay topic options:
- Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
- Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
- Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
- Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
- A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
- Topic of your choice.
Already in the U.S.?
If you are already studying in the US, you will need to submit additional documents to receive an I-20 from UMass Boston. These forms can either be submitted with your application or after the admission decision has been made:
- Copy of current and previous I-20s
- Copy of visa and passport page
- Transfer verification form
(The Transfer Verification form for Non-Immigrant Students should be submitted if you are an admitted non-immigrant international student on a current F-1 visa transferring from another US high school or ESL center.)
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