International Student Admissions Standards

International Students who require F-1 or J-1 visa sponsorship to attend the University of Maryland must demonstrate English Proficiency and Financial Responsibility before the OIS can issue the appropriate visa document for your program of study. 

English Proficiency

International students requiring visa sponsorship from the OIS must demonstrate English proficiency.  Proficiency is most often verified through the TOEFL or IELTS English Language Proficiency tests.  For students whose native language is English, there is no need to take a proficiency test.

To find the minimum acceptable score for your anticipated program, please access the schools' admission links.

Financial Responsibility

International Students requiring visa sponsorship must ensure they have sufficient funding to cover the cost of the program and living expenses while in Baltimore.  See an estimated cost of attendance for the minimum amount of financial support required. 

Financial responsibility may be proven by a variety of methods. These include the following:

  • Personal or family funds
  • Government or international organization sponsorship
  • A UM Graduate Assistantship

The documentation must state the name of the person or organization that will sponsor the student and specify the amount of the financial support provided to the student.

If using personal or family funds, a bank statement from within the past 6 months must be provided.  Additionally, if receiving financial support from a friend or family member, that person must also write a letter specifying the exact amount of funding they will provide to you during your program.

The expenses of a married student are considerably more than that of a single student. In addition to funds for his or her own expenses, the married student must show an additional $5,000 per year for each dependent.  A dependent is classified as a spouse and/or children under the age of 21.

Prior to processing visa paperwork, the OIS requires evidence of the minimum financial support amount committed to your education. 

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is required for all UM Students. You must prove that you have coverage equivalent to UM's minimum requirements, or purchase the policy offered by UM to all students. This cost is included in the tuition estimate.

Transfer Students

For students already in the U.S. pursuing a program of study in F-1 or J-1 student status, please see our Transferring Schools page for more information.