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UNC Greensboro welcomes applicants from around the world!

International applicants are defined as those who currently hold or are seeking an F1 visa or other non-immigrant visa category authorized to engage in full-time academic studies, or part-time academic studies, where applicable.

U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), pending LPR, DACA, political asylees, refugees, or undocumented individuals, should apply as a domestic graduate applicant.

In addition to meeting The Graduate School’s General Application Requirements, international applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency.  All such credentials must be in English and copies may be uploaded to the student portal.  Official transcripts must be submitted from the respective institutions directly to The Graduate School, prior to enrollment, should an offer of admission be issued.

For I-20 and DS 2019 issuance, as required by USCIS, international applicants must also show evidence of sufficient funds, for a minimum of one year, to support one’s education and living expenses while at UNCG.  Financial forms may be downloaded from The International Programs Center or within the graduate application.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply early, at least one month prior to the program’s deadline, to allow for adequate processing time.

Overseas Academic Credentials

Applicants are not required to submit a course credential report (ex, WES, ECE, SpanTran, etc.) except in rare cases when authentication of foreign transcripts cannot be achieved and/or where course equivalencies to U.S. standards cannot be accurately determined.

English Proficiency

To be considered for direct admission, non-native speakers of English must validate proficiency in the English language by:

Minimum English language proficiency scores:

TOEFL       79 (paper-based 550)
IELTS         6.5 Band Score
PTE            67
ELS           112

Successful completion of the American Language Academy Level 5
Successful completion of the Mentora College’s Intensive English ProgramOR
The applicant is from a country where English is recognized as the official language or where the primary course of instruction is in English.

Applicants who have not met the minimum English language proficiency score may apply for conditional admission.

Applying for conditional admission means you are requesting for your application to be reviewed without an English language proficiency exam score or with a score that did not meet the minimum requirement. If admitted conditionally, applicants must successfully complete the following English language intensive program:


Application Deadlines  

The deadline for receipt of application and all supporting documents varies by department. Please check here for your department’s deadline. 

Note: International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application one month prior to the posted departmental deadline to allow for additional processing time of their I20/visa requirement.



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


Applicants will be asked within the application if they would like to be considered for an assistantship by their academic department. Any questions regarding assistantships should be directed to the academic department.


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