International Checklist

All newly admitted students for Fall 2018 must accept admission by July 27th, 2018. All newly admitted students for Spring 2018 must accept admission by December 15th, 2017.

The deadlines listed above are also the same for initial DS-2019/I-20 requests with the International Students & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office.

If you are an international student who requires U.S. student visa sponsorship by the University of Connecticut, please be prepared to submit an immigration document request to the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office- the instructions will be sent to you AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED BY THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.  Please be prepared to submit the following documents to the ISSS office AFTER YOU HAVE BEEN ADMITTED: 1.)  Financial Declaration Form 2.)  Proof of Support 3.)  Copy of Passport Once you have been admitted by the Graduate School, you will be sent a link to request an immigration document where  you will be required to upload the materials mentioned above. You will require a NetID to apply for an I-20 or DS-2019. This will be emailed to you within 2-5 business days of receiving your admission notification. Should you have any questions about the required materials, please contact the ISSS office: international@uconn.edu International Students & Scholar Services Office: http://isss.uconn.edu/

  • Verify the deadlines for applying to your intended program by checking the program’s web site. Deadlines vary by department so contact the program directly. Contact information can be found on the Degree Programs page.
  • Complete and submit your Online Application.You will be asked to provide a valid credit card for a non-refundable payment of the application fee ($75.00)
  • Compile the following documents, along with any other materials required by your program

1. Transcripts

  • Please note:  Official transcripts become University property and are destroyed after one (1) calendar year.  This excludes international transcripts, which have the following cover sheet sent with them. (This cover sheet can ONLY be used for international transcripts.)
  • We do not consider 3 year bachelor’s degrees from India, Canada, or Australia to be equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree. However, additional graduate level course work after earning a 3 year bachelor’s degree may be considered for equivalency. If you have any questions or concerns please email gradadmissions@uconn.edu.
  • Upload transcripts and appropriate required documentation from the school where you received your bachelor’s degree and any courses taken beyond regardless of whether a degree was received.
  • AFTER submitting your application please request an official transcript from each college/university you attended and have it mailed to:
    University of Connecticut
    Graduate School, Unit 1152
    438 Whitney Road Extension
    Storrs, CT 06269-1152
  • Individual/yearly mark sheets or transcripts (courses and grades, not hours) are required for students who complete their education in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, or Sri Lanka. These should also be uploaded into the online application system.
  • If you attended an international university, we require transcripts in both English and the native language of the university. Please note: your application will not be reviewed without both copies of the transcript.
  • If you completed a degree and it is not indicated on your transcript, then we require an official copy of your degree certificate or diploma. This should also be uploaded into the online application system.
  • Failure to upload transcripts from all educational institutions, regardless of whether or not a degree was received, may be grounds for cancellation of admission.
  • Official transcripts become the property of the University.
  • The most common reason for delayed consideration of applications is failure to upload all required transcripts/diplomas. Be sure to include all of your transcripts/diplomas with your application.
  • If you attended an international university and have one set of original documents or diploma, you can mail them to The Graduate School and we will make a copy and return the original document(s) to you. Please attach an International Transcripts Cover Sheet with your submission. If you submitted these documents when applying for admission to a university in the US which you currently attend, we will accept copies from the registrar or graduate school if they certify that these documents from your prior university were made from the originals.
  • Your admission will not be finalized until all official transcripts, mark sheets, degree certificates or diplomas are received by The Graduate School.
  • Please note: All official transcripts will be required at the time an offer of admission is given. Scanned, faxed or notarized copies will not be considered as official.

2. Personal Statement of Purpose

  • This document should tell your program’s admissions committee everything you would like to discuss in a personal interview.
  • You should include your reasons for undertaking graduate work, your ultimate plans, and how you happened to select your desired field. Details about your preparation, your strengths and weaknesses as a student, any academic honors, scholarships, or fellowships you have received, will all be helpful.
  • You should consult any website(s) maintained by the graduate program to which you applying; these often list additional components that are of particular interest to that program (i.e. your choice of graduate advisor and a rationale for it).
  • The committee wants to know information about you that cannot be expressed quantitatively.

3. English Proficiency

If you are not a native speaker of English, you may be required to submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. You may use the results (no more than two years old) from one of the following standardized tests to satisfy this requirement:

  1. Receiving minimum scores of 79 (Internet-based test – iBT), 550 ( Old Paper-based test – PBT) or 22/30 on each of the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections (“New” Paper-based test- PBT) or higher on the TOEFL test.
  2. Receiving a minimum score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test.
  3. Receiving a minimum score of 53 or higher on the PTE test, or
  4. Qualifying for a Score Waiver.pdf (please click on link to review policy).

Please note we do not accept TOEFL Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL ITP) results, unless they are from UConn.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and you plan to obtain a teaching assistantship, you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy before being allowed to instruct a class.  For more information, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

  • Please note TOEFL scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through ETS. Use the codes listed below:
    • The TOEFL code for UConn Storrs is 3915.
    • The TOEFL code for the UConn Health Center is 3931.
  • IELTS and PTE test scores will be accepted either by post or a scanned copy may be emailed to gradadmissions@uconn.edu.

4. U.S. Student Visa Sponsorship

  • If you are an international student who requires U.S. student visa sponsorship by the University of Connecticut, please be prepared to submit an immigration document request to the Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office. This will be sent to you after you have been admitted by the Graduate School.
    Please be prepared to submit the following documents to the ISSS Office after you have been admitted:
  1. Financial Declaration Form
  2. Proof of Support
  3. Copy of Support

Once you have been admitted by the Graduate School, you will be sent a link to request an immigration document where you will be required to upload the materials mentioned above.
Should you have any questions about the required materials, please contact the ISSS Office (international@uconn.edu).

5. Additional Responsibilities

  • Check with your intended program for any additional required materials and upload them as well.
  • You should request that your standardized test scores be submitted to UConn if your program requires them.
  • Please note GRE and TOEFL scores will only be accepted when sent electronically through ETS. Use the codes listed below:
    • The GRE code for UConn Storrs is 3915.
    • The GRE code for the UConn Health Center is 3931.
  • IELTS and PTE test scores will be accepted either by post or a scanned copy may be emailed to gradadmissions@uconn.edu.

More information on the GRE is available from the Educational Testing Service. Information on the GMAT (Business) is available from the Graduate Management Admission Council.

6. International Teaching Assistant Services

If you are not a native speaker of English, and you plan to obtain a teaching assistantship, you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy before being allowed to instruct a class.  For more information, please contact International Teaching Assistant Services.

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