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What are the admission requirements?

  • Common application
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • High school transcripts
  • Official test scores (TOEFL or IELTS)
  • School report
  • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. Evaluation (if applicable)
  • Educational activities statement (if applicable)

Who is considered a foreign or international student?

For purposes of applying for admission to the University of Miami or for financial aid, anyone who is not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States is considered a foreign or international student.

If you are graduating from a high school outside of the United States and you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States you may be considered an international applicant based on the foreign curriculum. This will not mean that you are an international student once matriculated, but it allows for someone familiar with your international credentials to evaluate your application.

I’m an international student who moved recently to the U.S., can you waive the SAT/ACT?

Regardless of the time spent in a U.S. curriculum, all students graduating from a U.S. high school are required to submit SAT or ACT scores. 

What is an educational activities document?

Educational activities statement is a timeline explanation of events from the moment you graduated high school until the moment you plan to commence your university coursework. You must include any institutions you have enrolled in and coursework you have completed. Please send your educational activities statement to mydocuments@miami.edu.Ifyou e-mail us, please put "Educational Activities Statement" in the subject line of your message.

I am an international student, where can I get information about applying to the University of Miami?

If you wish to join our mailing list to receive more information about UM, please visit miami.edu/mailinglist. Once we receive your information, we will send you the appropriate information. In the meantime, please visit the following websites to see the information that we will mail to you.

Is the SAT or ACT exam required for international applicants? (Freshman applicants)

Applicants studying outside the United States.

SAT/ACT scores are not required AND should not be submitted for admission or scholarship consideration from freshman applicants who are attending a school outside the United States regardless of citizenship. 

Applicants studying within the United States.

SAT/ACT scores are required for freshman applicants graduating from a high school within the United States regardless of citizenship. Have your official SAT/ACT scores sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Please note that for the SAT, we consider only the reading and math sections for admission.

  • SAT Code: 5815
  • ACT Code: 0760 

What are your English language proficiency requirements?                                         

International students whose native language is not English, including those applying for transfer from U.S. institutions, are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Applicants who submit a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 80 on the internet-based test, or a 6.5 on the IELTS test, will have met the English Proficiency requirement. Undergraduate applicants whose TOEFL score is at least 500 on the paper-based test, 61 on the internet-based test, or a 6.0 on the IELTS test, may be eligible to enroll concurrently in academic and Intensive English Program (IEP) courses.

Academically qualified students who are unable to take the TOEFL/IELTS or whose TOEFL/IELTS score does not satisfy the minimum requirement may be offered admission to undergraduate programs with the condition that they successfully complete Level 5 of the Intensive English Program (IEP) or by passing the TOEFL test (ITP) offered at the University of Miami. 

Please note that the TOEFL/IELTS is not used as a method of admission, but rather to determine your English language proficiency. The University reserves the right to retest any student’s English language proficiency upon arrival, including those who have a passing score.

For more information, visit the TOEFL or Other English Proficiency Requirements page. 

Can I waive the English language proficiency requirement?

If English is not your native language, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Currently attending and graduating from a high school in the United States
  • Successful completion of  Level 5 of our Intensive English Program
  • IB English A1 SL or HL examination with a predicted score of 4 or higher
  • IB English B HL examination predicted score of 5 or higher
  • Grade of C or better on the IGCSE/GCE “O” or “A” Level in English language
  • Completion of high school, including the final three years, in a country where English is the native language e.g. Canada (except Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Caribbean Commonwealth, Belize and Guyana
  • Earned 30 credits (including 6 credits in English Composition with a grade of B or higher) at a regionally accredited university or college in the United States

When is the deadline for TOEFL/IELTS submissions?

I am a freshman applicant. (Fall term)

Official test scores must be received in the Office of Undergraduate Admission before January 1st. Test results received after this date will not be accepted. Official TOEFL/IELTS results must be sent directly from the appropriate testing service to our office. For more information, visit the TOEFL or Other English Proficiency page

I am a transfer applicant. (Fall term)

Official test scores must be received in the Office of Undergraduate Admission before April 1st. Test results received after this date will not be accepted. Official TOEFL/IELTS results must be sent directly from the appropriate testing service to our office. For more information, visit the TOEFL or Other English Proficiency page

I am a spring applicant.

Official test scores must be received in the Office of Undergraduate Admission before November 1st. Test results received after this date will not be accepted. Official TOEFL/IELTS results must be sent directly from the appropriate testing service to our office. For more information, visit the TOEFL or Other English Proficiency page

How long is a TOEFL/IELTS score valid?

The TOEFL/IELTS score is valid for two years.

Can I come to the University of Miami to improve my English?

Yes. Please contact our Intensive English Program (IEP) at 305-284-2752 or via email at iep@miami.edu for information on studying English language at the University of Miami. For more information about the Intensive English Program, visit www.miami.edu/iep

Do you offer conditional admission?

Yes. Academically qualified students who are unable to take the TOEFL/IELTS or whose TOEFL/IELTS score does not satisfy the minimum requirement may be offered admission to undergraduate programs with the condition that they successfully complete Level 5 of the Intensive English Program (IEP) or by passing the TOEFL test (ITP) offered at the University of Miami. Once your English condition has been met, you will be able to enroll in full-time academic study to pursue your major. For information about the Intensive English Program, visit www.miami.edu/iep

Is on-campus housing available for students who are offered conditional admission?

Please note that University housing is not available for conditionally admitted students. Once you receive your conditional admission, you may contact the IEP Student Services Manager, Amy Dean, at adean@miami.edu, for assistance with off-campus housing options.

My school does not have a counselor. Who should complete the Secondary School Report?

If your school does not have a counselor, a school administrator can complete the Secondary School Report.

What documentation is required for students applying from my country?

Please visit the Eligibility Requirements by Country page below for eligibility requirements listed by country.

These requirements are intended only as a guide and are subject to further qualitative evaluation.

Should I send photocopies of certificates and awards?

Please do not send us copies of certificates, awards, or news clippings. Simply list your major activities and awards on the Common Application. 

Do you offer financial aid and scholarships to international students?

The University of Miami does not have a need-based financial assistance program for international students. However, outstanding international undergraduate students may be considered for merit based scholarships. 

Academic scholarships are limited in number and awarding is highly competitive. The University of Miami takes into account students' high school grades, difficulty of course curriculum, extracurricular activities, the Common Application essay, and the guidance counselor recommendation(s). We will also take into consideration the overall quality of the pool of applicants applying to the university each year when making academic scholarship award decisions.

Please note that applicants outside of the United States should NOT submit SAT/ACT scores to be considered for any of our scholarships.

If you are a U.S. Citizen living outside of the United States, you may be eligible for financial aid from the United States government. In order to apply, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You may also be eligible for University of Miami institutional need-based funds. In order to apply, you must complete the CSS/ Financial Aid Profile. For more information about Financial Aid, visit Student Financial Assistance & Employment.

Do international students have to fill out the CSS Profile?

The University of Miami does not have a need-based financial assistance program for international students, which is what the CSS Profile is used for. The CSS Profile is to be completed by U.S. citizen applicants ONLY unless otherwise instructed by the financial aid office. However, outstanding international undergraduate students may be considered for merit scholarships, and outstanding international graduate students may be considered for assistantships and fellowships.

What documents are required if I need an F-1 Student Visa to study at UM?

I am currently attending a school/college OUTSIDE the United States.

You must submit the enrollment deposit, a bank or government sponsorship letter (sample found here) and a photocopy of the biographical page of your current passport. Pending items will be listed on your ‘To Do List’ in your CaneLink account after the enrollment deposit is received. 

I am currently attending a school/college in the United States with an F-1 Student Visa.

You must submit the enrollment deposit, a SEVIS Transfer Form (available in your CaneLink account), a bank or government sponsorship letter (sample found here) and a photocopy of the biographical page of your current passport.  Pending items will be listed on your ‘To Do List’ in your CaneLink account after the enrollment deposit is received.

When will you issue my I-20 Form?

I am currently attending a school/college OUTSIDE the United States.

We will begin to issue I-20 Forms after May 1st once all requirements are satisfied. Students must provide the enrollment deposit, a bank or government sponsorship (sample found here) and a photocopy of the biographical page of your passport.  Pending items will be listed on your ‘To Do List’ in your CaneLink account after the enrollment deposit is received. Please note that the I-20 processing time will take a minimum of 10 business days after we have received all required documentation.

I am currently attending a school/college in the United States with an F-1 Student Visa.

The I-20 Form will be issued once your SEVIS record is released to the University of Miami by your current institution and all requirements are satisfied. You must provide the enrollment deposit, a SEVIS Transfer Form (available in your CaneLink account), bank or government sponsorship letter (sample found here) and a photocopy of the biographical page of your passport. Pending items will be listed on your ‘To Do List’ in your CaneLink account after the enrollment deposit is received. Please note that the SEVIS transfer processing time will take a minimum of 10 business days after we have received all required documentation.

What is the amount the Bank Certificate of Deposit (Bank Letter) should reflect?

The bank letter must show the total cost of attendance for the academic year. A bank or government sponsorship sample bank letter can be found here. 

Should I submit the Bank Certificate of Deposit (Bank Letter) at the time of application or after being admitted prior to I-20?

Applicants should send their bank letter immediately after being admitted and after submitting their enrollment deposit. Please note that UM will be working on issuing I-20's for admitted students in May. 

What should I do to get a student visa?

To apply for an F-1 visa, you must provide the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with Form I-20, passport, statement of funds, and other documents as required by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. In the case of Canadian and Bermudan citizens, you must use your Form I-20 to seek admission to the U.S. in F-1 status at a U.S. port-of-entry without an F-1. Read page 2 of your Form I-20 for accuracy and sign the student certification block on the bottom of page 1 prior to presentation to a U.S. consular official or immigration official. For more information, visit the Visa & Entry to the U.S. page.

Can international students work on-campus?

Yes. F-1 students are generally permitted to work part-time on the premises of the school that issued their current valid I-20 Form, while they are attending that school and maintaining their F-1 status. 20 hours bi-weekly is the maximum amount of part-time work permitted as an F-1 student. For more information, visit the Other Employment page.

Our International Student and Scholars Office will assist you will the process once you are enrolled at the University of Miami

International Student and Scholars Office

Website: http://www.miami.edu/sa/index.php/isss/

Email: isss@miami.edu

Telephone: 305-284-2928 • Fax: 305-284-3409 

Do I have to attend International Student Orientation?

Yes. All incoming international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. For more information about orientation, visit International Student Orientation (ISO) page.

Do international students have to pay more tuition than domestic students?

No. At the University of Miami, tuition and fees are the same for both domestic and international students.

Please visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information.

Does UM need the CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Placement Examination) or SAT or both for admission?

We require at least CAPE I results for admission consideration. You must send all official CAPE results for admission and transfer credit consideration. SAT/ACT scores are not required AND should not be submitted for admission or scholarship consideration from freshman applicants who are attending a school outside the United States regardless of citizenship. Please visit the Eligibility Requirements by Country page below for eligibility requirements listed by country. These requirements are intended only as a guide and are subject to further qualitative evaluation.

Do you award college credits for A-Level, Cambridge, Pre-U and CAPE exam results?

Yes. The University of Miami will only award credit once the official A-Level, AS-Level, CAPE and Cambridge Pre-U exam certificate has been issued. Preliminary results, Statement of Results, and unofficial photocopies cannot be used to grant credit. Once you have received your official A-Level, AS-Level, CAPE or Cambridge Pre-U exam certificate, submit the original exam certificate to the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Please mail to:

University of Miami
Office of Undergraduate Admission
PO Box 249117
Coral Gables, FL 33124-9117
 

If sending via FedEx, DHL, UPS, or courier: 

University of Miami
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1320 S. Dixie Highway
Gables One Tower, Suite 945
Coral Gables, FL 33146

For more information about transfer credits, visit the A-Level, Cambridge, Pre-U, and CAPE Unit Credit page.

Do you accept the evaluation from evaluation services other than Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.?

No, only evaluations from Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (course-by course with a GPA calculation will be accepted for undergraduate admission consideration. For graduate admission please contact the specific department being that each department may vary in requirements.

Is there any way to waive the Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. evaluation?

Applicants who attend a U.S. school or pursue an IB Curriculum and applicants from schools in Canada (except Quebec), the United Kingdom and the Caribbean should not submit their documents to Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. for evaluation. Instead, please arrange for all official documents to be sent directly from a high school or college (if applicable) to the Office of Undergraduate Admission electronically to mydocuments@miami.edu  or by mail to:

University of Miami
Office of Undergraduate Admission
PO Box 249117
Coral Gables, FL 33124-9117  

FAQs for Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

How long will the evaluation take? 

Standard Processing Time: Evaluations are normally prepared in ten business days from the receipt of all required fees, information, and documentation. Evaluations which require extensive research and correspondence may take longer to prepare.

Rush Evaluation Reports:

  • 24-Hour Evaluation Report
  • 2-Day Evaluation Report
  • 5-Day Evaluation Report

Rush evaluation reports will be completed in a timely fashion, in accordance with the type of rush evaluation report requested, upon receipt of all required fees, information, and documentation. If for any reason, the evaluation report cannot be completed within the specified time after receipt of all required fees, information, and documentation, the rush fee will be refunded and the evaluation will be completed as quickly as possible.

The rush fee will be adjusted to reflect the actual processing time and a refund of the difference will be issued. Rush evaluation reports must be paid for by bank check, money order or credit card. 

What is required to send for evaluation?

  • A completed Application for Evaluation of Foreign Educational Credentials signed by the applicant.
  • A non-refundable evaluation fee in U.S. dollars.
    • Make the bank check or money order payable to Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. cannot accept postal money orders or payments through Western Union). If you are paying by a credit card you must fill out the Credit Card Information form. All evaluation fees, including fees for rush report, 24-hour report, grade point average equivalent, extra copies, and translation are NON-REFUNDABLE.
  • Educational Documents:
    • Official original Diplomas and Certificates in the original language.
    • Official original transcripts in the original language (names of courses, grades, and hours of instruction) for every year of study. It is the responsibility of applicants to submit the academic credentials which need to be evaluated.
  • Translations: Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by professional, certified English translations.
    • Translations supplement but do not replace the original documents. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. offers professionally certified translations.
    • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. is a Corporate Member of the American Translators Association. For further information on the Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. Translation Service, call 305-273-1616 or e-mail or fax your request for translation estimate along with all pertinent documents. Email: translation@jsilny.org Translation fax: 305-273-1984.
  • Please note: a Syllabus of university studies (description of each course or subject studied) may be required for Course-by-Course Evaluations, but you do not need to send this with your application. If it is needed, Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. will request it.
  • Applicants must submit self-addressed and stamped envelopes for the return of their original academic credentials, or pay for delivery by secure means. Applicants must submit pre-addressed labels or envelopes for mailing of evaluation reports to any location other than the applicant’s address.

Do I have to send a second copy of the documents to the University of Miami?

No, international transcripts should not be submitted directly to the University of Miami Office of Undergraduate Admission. All documents required by Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. must be submitted directly by the applicant to Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

How much does it cost?

  • High School Document-by-Document - U.S. $80
  • University and Post-Secondary Course-by-Course - U.S. $140 (For transfer admission).
  • 24-Hour Evaluation - U.S. $150 in addition to the basic fee.
  • 2-Day Evaluation - U.S. $100 in addition to the basic fee.
  • 5-Day Evaluation Report - U.S. $50 in addition to the basic fee.
  • Grade Point Average Equivalent - U.S. $40 in addition to the basic fee. (U.S. $40 for each level of education).
  • Re-evaluation - Re-evaluations based on documents not submitted with the original request are considered new evaluations and a second payment of the basic fee is required. When an applicant requests that a Document-by-Document evaluation be changed to a Course-by-Course evaluation, the charge is U.S. $140.
  • Extra evaluation reports - Additional original evaluation reports requested at the time of evaluation cost $20 each. Each evaluation report requested after the evaluation has been completed costs $30 (evaluations may be available only within 3 years of the original date of issuance). Please add $5 to the cost of each report that you wish to be mailed to you in a specially sealed Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. Applicants must submit pre-addressed labels or envelopes for mailing of evaluation reports to any location other than the applicant’s address
  • Return of original documents by secure means:
    • Within the United States: - By certified mail: US $15 per address - By courier: US $40 per address
    • Outside of the United States: - International courier: US $80 per address Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. accepts no liability for loss or damage of academic credentials during mailing. The applicants are responsible for any verification fees charged by their universities.

If I’m a part of a U.S. / British / IB program, do I still have to send my information to Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.?

If you are enrolled in a U.S., British, or IB curriculum, you DO NOT need to go through Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Can I get a refund if I don’t get admitted?

All evaluation fees, including fees for rush report, 24-hour report, grade point average equivalent, extra copies, and translation are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

Phone: 305-273-1616

E-mail: info@jsilny.org

How long do you keep the information for?

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. will keep applications with academic credentials for one year only. Please note that all fees are subject to change without notice.