Admissions & Financial Aid

International Freshmen

International students at UMass Boston

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

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 UMass Boston online 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.
  • Academic Recommendation Letter (from a school-based counselor and/or teacher)
  • Essay (Essay topic options)

Test Requirements

  • SAT-I/ACT scores - Students seeking full admission to the Electrical and Computer Engineering, Management and Nursing programs are required to submit the results of their SATs/ACTs.
  • Students who are attending or have graduated from a U.S. high school must submit SAT/ACT scores. TOEFL/IELTS scores are recommended.
  • Students who have a recalculated grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher and are seeking full admissions to the College of Liberal Arts or to the College of Science and Mathematics, SAT or ACT scores are optional, but must meet the minimum TOEFL (79-80) or IELTS(6.0) scores required.

English Proficiency Requirements

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)  
  • All non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English language proficiency and are required to submit TOEFL (79-80) or IELTS scores (6.0).
  • TOEFL/IELTS is not required if you are an English native speaker and have attended an international school where English is the medium of instruction. 
  • 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.
  • Please note: You must submit official copies of scores. The UMass Boston SAT/TOEFL and IELTS code is 3924 and the ACT code is 1925.

Provisional Admission

UMass Boston may offer provisional admission to the international undergraduate applicant that meets all of the admission criteria, but whose TOEFL or IELTS results do not meet the minimum requirements.

  • SAT I/ACT scores are required if you are applying to Management, Electrical or Computer Engineering and Nursing.
  • UMass Boston does not offer conditional admission for Nursing, Engineering and Management majors.

Students provisionally accepted to the university will be referred to enroll in the University Preparation ESL program.

All documents should be mailed to:

University of Massachusetts Boston
Undergraduate Admissions Processing Center
PO Box 814
Randolph, MA 02368

Essay Requirement

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 College 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.

Obtaining an I-20

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.

Include a letter of support (in English) from your sponsor(s), unless you are using personal funds, with your Certification of Finances form, stating the undertaking of all expenses for the duration of your studies here at the university. Also, include a current copy of your sponsor's bank statement.

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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