International Applicant Requirements

Application Deadlines for international applicants

The general deadline for receipt of application and all supporting documents is May 15 for Fall Semester, September 15 for Spring Semester, and February 15 for Summer Session. Deadlines may be extended one month if the international student is already in the U.S. Prospective students should check with individual departments as some programs have earlier deadlines. Non-resident aliens who plan to enter the U.S. on a F-1 or J-1 visa must provide certification of financial support in order to receive the I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status – for Academic and Language Students). International applicants with F-2 status may be admitted into a graduate program but they may not take classes until their status has been changed to F-1.


See the Institute of International Education lists of scholarships available to international students at

English Proficiency

Non-native speakers of English with international transcripts, regardless of U.S. citizenship, must validate proficiency in the English language. Applicants may submit a satisfactory score on a language proficiency test. If the TOEFL is the chosen test, the minimum required score depends on the form of the exam taken (internet based – 79, or paper based – 550). A score of at least 6.5 is required on the IELTS.  Effective 2015, UNCG accepts Pearson PTE scores for English Skills.  A score of 53 or better will be required for acceptance of an applicant. The language requirement also may be fulfilled by completion of INTERLINK, the intensive English language program located on UNCG’s campus ( through Level 5. The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if the applicant is a graduate of a university in a country where English is the official language.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who have not demonstrated the required level of English proficiency may be granted provisional admission with the condition they complete Level 5 of INTERLINK, an ESL program located on UNCG’s campus, and/or submit acceptable GRE scores. More information about INTERLINK can be found online at Such applicants will have specific conditions stated in their admission offer letter with a time frame for completion.


All supporting credentials must be in English. Applicants will be given the opportunity to upload transcripts of academic records issued by every college and university previously attended. Applicants may also mail official documents to:
The Graduate School
Attn: Admissions
241 Mossman Building
1202 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412