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Undergraduate Application Requirements

International students apply through the regular Admissions process. The information you provide as part of this process will identify you as an international student. For the purpose of these pages, International Student refers to any student who is neither a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States.

To ensure a smooth admissions process, keep application deadlines in mind and begin the application process as early as possible due to additional requirements for international applicants.

Accepted international students will receive additional information regarding the process of obtaining a student visa via email from the International Students and Scholars Office. If you are already in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, the International Students and Scholars Office can help you determine your status eligibility to study in the U.S. For questions or additional information, please contact the International Students and Scholars Office by email at international@uml.edu or call 978-934-2383.

Your completed application package shall include:

  1. A completed application for Undergraduate Admission

    • You are considered a freshman if you have not taken any post-secondary/college coursework. Your application should include your high school or secondary school records, including results from culminating or leaving examinations. Scores from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) or the American College Test (ACT) will be required, along with an essay and a letter of recommendation. The CEEB code number for UMass Lowell is 3911. There is also a no-test option for available to freshmen applicants.
    • International freshman applicants may use the no-test option and waive the SAT or ACT and TOEFL or IELTS exams if your secondary institution provides written verification that the means of instruction is in English, you are enrolled in an IB curriculum, attend an American School or are enrolled in a curriculum that leads to Cambridge International Examinations: IGCSE/O-Level and GCE/A level exam. Please note that additional essays are required of freshman applicants who choose the no-test option.
    • You will be considered a transfer if you have taken any college/post-secondary coursework. All transcripts from international institutions must be evaluated course-by-course by World Education Services (WES) (www.wes.org/students/, telephone: 212-219-7330) before university academic departments review courses for transfer credit. In addition to the WES evaluation, official transcripts from all prior institutions must be submitted to UMass Lowell.
    • In order for appropriate transfer of credits to take place, course descriptions are required for all undergraduate coursework. These course descriptions must be translated into English and notarized to ensure authenticity of the translation, and must come directly from a college catalog or the institution’s website. Once course descriptions are received, these will be forwarded to the appropriate academic department for evaluation. Please note that approval of transfer credits is determined by each individual department, and there are no guarantees that transfer credits will be granted.

  2. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    • All international applicants are required to submit results of the TOEFL, IELTS exam except citizens of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Guyana and English Speaking countries of Africa and West Indies. You are responsible for making arrangements to take the test.
      • The university requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper version of the test, 213 on the computer-based version or a 79-80 on the internet-based version. IELTS minimum score: 6.5.
    • The UMass Lowell school code for the TOEFL is: 3911 
    • Freshman applicants may waive the TOEFL, IELTS exam if their secondary institution provides written verification that the means of instruction is in English, they are enrolled in an IB curriculum, attend an American School or enrolled in a curriculum that leads to Cambridge International Examinations: IGCSE/O-Level and GCE/A level exam.
    • Applicants for transfer admission must provide a transcript showing they have completed College Writing I & II or English Composition I & II in a U.S. university or college.

If you are already in the U.S. on a non-immigrant visa, the International Students and Scholars Office can help you determine your status eligibility to study in the U.S. For questions or additional information please contact the International Students and Scholars Office by email at international@uml.edu or call 978-934-2383.