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, 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 (ELP).

Direct Admission

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

  • TOEFL 79 IBT (Use code 5913)
    **In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are accepting the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition score report for tests dates taken up through December 31, 2020 for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applications. The same IBT 79 is accepted for direct admission.
  • IELTS 6.5 Band Score (select University of North Carolina Greensboro Graduate Admissions)
    **In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are also accepting the IELTS Indicator (same 6.5 band score) report for test dates taken up through December 31, 2020 for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applications.
  • PTE Academic 67
  • ELS 112

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

Exemptions from the ELP include:

  • UNCG School of Education (SOE) Global Pathway Program Level III (Bridging Level)
  • 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: All new fully-admitted international students will undergo a UNCG administered English assessment. Students who may benefit from additional support services in reading, speaking, and writing will be notified of campus resources available to them. International Teaching Assistants may be asked to take ESL 631 before they may be assigned as an Instructor of Record.

Conditional Admission & SOE Global Pathway Program

Applicants who have not met the minimum English language proficiency score may apply for conditional admission.  Simply check the Pathway Program on the graduate application.

If admitted conditionally, applicants must successfully complete the UNCG School of Education Global Pathway Program, which waives the English Language Proficiency score requirement.

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 accepts the following course-by-course evaluation reports from any of the following National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®) services. This 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, by mail or e-document as early as possible or prior to enrollment, should a UNCG offer of admission be issued. Unofficial copies may be uploaded for review purposes only by logging into your student portal.
  • Credential evaluations are not required for study abroad semesters previously approved by a regionally accredited U.S. institution for which the student attended as an exchange student.
  • Government or Non-Profit funded applicants (i.e. Fulbright, AMIDEAST, Laspau, or USAID) may upload an unofficial copy of their transcripts in English by logging into their student portal. sponsored program offices will submit original transcripts on behalf of the applicant, if an offer of acceptance is extended.
  • India: Only NAAC A-rated three-year Bachelor’s degrees from India are considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

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

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