International Students

UNC Greensboro welcomes graduate 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 or part-time academic studies.

U.S. citizens, U.S. dual citizenship, lawful permanent residents (LPR), pending LPR (with approval notice), DACA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), political asylees, refugees, or undocumented individuals, should apply as a domestic graduate applicant.

In addition to meeting The Graduate School’s General Application Requirements, applicants whose native language is not English, must provide evidence of English Language Proficiency (ELP).

Direct Admission

To be considered for direct admission, we accept the following ELP minimum scores:

**ELPs must not be more than 2 years old from date of application submission.

Exemptions from the ELP include:

  • Successful completion of INTERLINK Level 5 / Level 12 Online Program
    • Saudi Arabian students: INTERLINK is a a SACM approved ESL program
  • Successful completion of the American Language Academy Level 5
  • Successful completion of the Mentora College’s Intensive English Program
  • The applicant is from a country where English is recognized as the primary, official language
  • The applicant is or will be a graduate of a degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university
  • The applicant is or will be a graduate of a non-U.S. college/university where English is the primary language of instruction.

Note: International Teaching Assistants may be asked to take ESL 631 before they may be assigned as an Instructor of Record.

Application Deadlines

The deadline for receipt of application and all supporting documents varies by department. Please check the guide to graduate admissions webpage for deadlines.

International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application early, at least 30 days prior to the posted departmental deadline to allow for additional processing time.


Applicants will be asked within the application if they would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship (GA) by their academic department.  Only direct admitted students are eligible for assistantships.  Questions regarding assistantships should be directed to the respective academic department.

I-20 and DS 2019 Issuance

For I-20 and DS 2019 issuance, as required by USCIS, international applicants must 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 within the graduate application or on The International Programs Center (IPC) webpage at:

Funding Your U.S. Education & Resources

EducationUSA offices worldwide serve international students in a variety of capacities which include preparing for your F1 visa, sourcing out external funding/financial planning, tips on applying to a university, and logistical planning for your U.S. educational journey.

Non-U.S. Academic Transcripts

  • The Graduate School requires a course-by-course evaluation report as part of your application to any of our Graduate programs.  The evaluation report may come from any of the following National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®) services.  This external evaluation is required as part of your application for consideration of admission to UNCG.
  • The purpose of the credential evaluation report is to authenticate your academic credentials and ensure course credit and U.S. grade equivalency are completed accurately.  This also eliminates the need to obtain official, translated transcripts from your school(s) being sent to UNCG.
  • For international students with a U.S. college/university transcript, a final, official transcript must be sent from the institution(s) directly to The Graduate School as part of the application.  Unofficial copies may be uploaded for review purposes only by logging into your student portal.
  • Government or Non-Profit funded applicants (i.e. SACM, Fulbright, AMIDEAST, Laspau, or USAID) may upload an unofficial copy of their transcripts in English via their application portal.  Sponsored program offices will submit original transcripts on behalf of the applicant, if an offer of admission is extended.
  • India:  Some NAAC, A-rated, Div I (or Class I), three-year Bachelor’s degrees from India may be considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. A WES® course evaluation is highly recommended in this case (i.e., for BA, BCOM, BCA, BSc degrees). Evaluation by WES® does not guarantee that your degree will be equal to a U.S. bachelor’s degree but that WES® is the leading authority on such matters and the best choice for evaluation of your three-year diploma in this category.

All supporting documents must be in English. For mailing purposes, please use the following address:

UNC Greensboro
The Graduate School
Attn: Graduate Admissions
270 Mossman Building
1202 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412 USA