International Students - Applying to UMBC
This webpage contains information for international students applying to the MA TESOL program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
Please be sure to read and follow the application directions at; http://www.umbc.edu/gradschool/admissions/apply.html
Application Deadline Dates:
Applications for fall admission are accepted until February 28, and for spring admission through October 31.
We urge you to take the TOEFL as soon as possible. Admissions decisions cannot be made until the UMBC Graduate School has received the official TOEFL score from Educational Testing Service (ETS).
NOTE: Official TOEFL examination score reports must be sent directly to the UMBC Graduate School from Educational Testing Services (ETS).
The TOEFL code number for UMBC is 5835.
Photocopied score reports are not acceptable.
A minimum of 550 (written test), 213 (computer test), or 80 (internet test) on the TOEFL is required for admission to the program.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
An acceptable GRE score is required. For domestic applicants, the review committee looks favorably on GRE test scores above 500 on the Verbal Reasoning test with corresponding scores on the Quantitative Reasoning test. Applicants with scores in the 400's can be admitted to the program provisionally. Slightly less rigid requirements are set for international applicants for whom more consideration is given for TOEFL scores.
Oral Language Proficiency
Non-native speakers of English are required to attain a satisfactory score on the Program's Oral Proficiency Interview (FSI/IRL equivalent) by the end of the program.
Each international student must certify that he/she has sufficient funds (exclusive of travel expenses) for university tuition, fees, books, supplies, and living expenses.
The following information is for one year of study at UMBC:
a. If you intend to support yourself from personal funds, you should send a current, original letter (in English) from your bank (on official bank letterhead) to UMBC. The letter should verify the amount you have in your home country currency or, if it is a U.S. dollar account, in U.S. dollars. The letter should also include the date the account was opened. For students who applied to begin in Fall 2005, the International Services Education office required evidence of funds in the amount of $26,000 in U.S. dollars (for tuition, fees, living expenses and mandatory health insurance) for one school year.
b. If you are receiving support from your parents, spouse, or other sponsors, you should send a notarized letter (in English) indicating parents, spouse or sponsor's relationship to you and the amount of money in U.S. dollars that they will make available to you. In addition to their letter, the Graduate School also requires a current, original letter (in English) from their bank (on official bank letterhead) to UMBC. The letter should verify the amount they have in home country currency or, if it is a U.S. dollar account, in U.S. dollars. The letter should also include the date the account was opened.
Note: If you have any additional questions regarding financial resources, please contact International Education Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An official transcript from each college/university you have attended must be sent directly to the UMBC Graduate School.