International Freshman Admission Requirements

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1. Complete the Application

Complete and submit the Common Application online.

The essay portion of the application provides an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their ability to write clearly and concisely and develop and communicate their thoughts. Applicants will choose one of five specific prompts and write an essay of 250 to 650 words. Detailed instructions can be found in the Common Application

Please note: Your application will not be reviewed until you submit all required forms. Your $70 nonrefundable application fee can be paid when you submit the Common Application

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2. Send Official Transcripts

All applicants who have attended a secondary school outside of the United States must submit their official secondary school documents (transcripts, mark sheets, certificates, examination results, etc.) to Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., International Education Consultant for an evaluation. Click here for detailed instructions on how to submit official transcript(s) to request a course-by-course evaluation and grade point average calculation. 

Exception: 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., International Education Consultant. Instead, please arrange for all official documents to be sent directly from your 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 

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

3. Send Official Test Scores

Applicants currently studying IN the United States

Students graduating from a high school in the United States are required to submit SAT or ACT scores regardless of the time spent in the U.S. Please provide an official score report sent directly by the testing agency. We consider only the critical reading and math sections of the SAT for admission. SAT Subject Tests may be required to apply to some Dual-Degree Programs.

If you take a test more than once, you must send all of your scores to ensure that we have your best performance on record. The Admission Committee will consider all official test scores from multiple test dates. We will use the highest composite score from among each test you've taken. This is called super scoring. There is no limit to the number of test scores you may submit to us for your application.

All testing must be completed by November for Early Decision I and Early Action applicants and by December for Early Decision II and Regular Decision applicants.

Test Codes:

  • SAT Code: 5815
  • ACT Code: 0760

Applicants currently studying OUTSIDE the United States

Students graduating from a secondary school outside the United States should not submit SAT or ACT scores. 

All students whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For information on scores, visit the English Proficiency Requirements page.

  • TOEFL Code: 5815
  • IELTS Code: 4861

4. Complete the School Report

The School Report should be completed by the applicant’s high school guidance counselor and can be found on the Common Application website. It is typically submitted along with the applicant's high school transcript and a school profile. 

5. Letter of Recommendation/Teacher Evaluation

We require a letter of recommendation from your high school guidance counselor. An additional Teacher Evaluation/letter of recommendation is also required and can be submitted online through the Common Application's Teacher Evaluation form or mailed 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

6. F-1 or J-1 Student Visa Requirements

Once admitted, international students who plan to enter the U.S. on a student visa should email the following documents for Form I-20 (F-1 visa) or Form DS-2019 (J-1 visa) issuance to mydocuments@miami.edu

  1. A scanned copy of student’s bank/government sponsorship letter (download a sample bank letter)
  1. A scanned copy of the first page of student’s passport

7. Additional Requirements for Special Programs

If you are applying to any of the programs below, complete the supplemental application, submit a portfolio, and/or schedule an audition. 

Bachelor of Architecture
Portfolio highly recommended
Theatre Arts B.F.A. 
Supplemental Application
Dual-Degree Programs
Supplemental Application 
Frost School of Music 
Audition Requirements

8. Additional requirements, if applicable

An Educational Activities statement is required if you have a gap of time of three months or more from when you graduated high school to your intended University of Miami enrollment date. Please include dates that explain your time gap. You may provide this explanation within your Common Application or by emailing it to us separately at mydocuments@miami.edu with the subject line "Educational Activities" and your Common Application ID number.

9. Check Your Application Status

Once your application is downloaded and processed by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, you will receive an acknowledgment email within 3-4 business days containing your CaneID and instructions about how to log in to CaneLink. CaneLink is your UM portal for tracking application materials and viewing your admission decision.

Please allow us 3-4 weeks from the day you submit your application to process all your documents. During the busy application period, CaneLink is your best resource, as we are continually updating students' applications and documents. 

If you are unable to log in to your CaneLink account, please visit the CaneID Self-Service page or the CaneLink FAQs.

If you have any further questions about the application process, contact us.