Admissions & Financial Aid

International Transfer Students

Kei Ota, an international transfer student, meets with students in the Boston COmmon.

"I love the location of UMass Boston. In my classes, I get to hear the opinions from so many different people."

-Keishiro Ota, Communication Major from Tokyo, Japan


International transfer applicants are individuals who have attended one or more post-secondary institutions after graduating from high school or receiving their GED, regardless of the number of credits earned.

We strongly encourage you to apply online either by submitting the

You may opt instead to download and mail us a paper copy of the UMass Boston Application.

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 student, you are required to submit all of the following materials in order to be considered for admission:

  • Completed admission application
  • Official college or university transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • If you have earned fewer than a total of 24 credits at other colleges or universities, you must submit an official high school record, leaving certificate, and/or graduation examination results.
  • Essay
  • 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.
  • Include a letter of support (in English) from your sponsor(s), unless you are using personal funds, along 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.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Application fee of $100.

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 Honors Program or scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants.

Please select one of the following questions and write an essay of about 500 words:

  • 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.

College and University Transcripts

UMass Boston requires that an official, year-by-year statement of grades or official transcript be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by all colleges and/or universities attended by the applicant. If your transcripts are not modeled on the American system, a professional evaluation of your international academic coursework will be required.

To obtain an evaluation, please contact one of the following organizations:

International Transfer Credit

  • Transfer applicants may be awarded credit for courses completed at another U.S. college or university that is regionally accredited, or from a post-secondary institution outside the United States and approved by the government or ministry of education in its home country.
  • The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will determine the number of credits and courses a student may transfer from previously attended institutions.
  • Transfer applicants may also be required to submit college/university course descriptions or syllabi from previously attended institutions for the purpose of performing a transfer-credit evaluation.
  • If the official transcripts of your academic record are not in English, you are required to send an English translation validated by a certified public translator.

English Language Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker of English, you are required to demonstrate your English language proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • SAT-I verbal score if you have under 12 credits. Non-native speakers with a SAT-I verbal score of 450 or higher do not need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • Transcript from college or university attended in the U.S. that shows completion of First-year English Composition class 1 with a grade of B or higher
  • TOEFL with minimum score of 79/80 on the internet-based test or minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test or a minimum of 550 on the paper-based option. The TOEFL can be waived for university transfers who have completed English Comp 1 with B average.
  • IELTS with minimum score of 6.0.
  • Provisional Admission -UMass Boston may offer provisional 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 provisionally accepted to the university will be referred to enroll in the University Preparation ESL program.

You must submit official scores directly from the testing agency. The school code (CEEB code) for the University of Massachusetts Boston is 3924. Demonstrating proficiency does not guarantee admission but is necessary for full admission.

Are You Already in the U.S.?

If you are already studying the U.S., you will also need to submit the following:

  • Copy of current I-20
  • Copy of visa and passport page

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 U.S. college, high school, or language academy.