International Credentials & Applicants

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The University of Miami is a welcoming home to students from all over the world. 

International Credentialing Evaluation Process

Domestic or international applicants that have academic credits from or attended an international institution must have their educational credentials earned outside the United States verified by an approved international credentialing evaluation service.  Each of the University's 11 schools and colleges has specific procedures that must be followed by international applicants. Visit our International Applications page for more information.

English Proficiency Requirement

Academic success at the University of Miami depends on one’s ability to communicate effectively in English. To prove language proficiency, applicants whose native language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Official results from the TOEFL ibT Home Edition are acceptable. We do not accept TOEFL Essentials results.


English Language Test

Minimum Score*

Paper Based TOEFL (PBT) 550
Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) 80
IELTS (Academic) 6.5

 *Some programs may have higher minimum score requirements. Please contact the admissions representative for details.

If English is not your native language, the TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if you hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an academic institution within the United States or from one of the following countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may also be waived if you hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an academic institution, regardless of country, where the language of instruction was English. Official documentation confirming English as the language of instruction must be submitted with your application. The language of instruction can be confirmed via a statement on the official transcript, the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services international credential evaluation, or memo/letter issued to the University of Miami from the Registrar (or equivalent) at the foreign degree granting institution.

Intensive English Program (IEP)

The University of Miami’s Division of Continuing and International Education offers a fully-accredited Intensive English Program (IEP) to prepare individuals to understand and use English in a variety of academic, professional, and personal situations. Some of the services that the IEP offers graduate students include an international teaching assistant training course, customized classes, LL.M. Intensive English, and volunteer opportunities.


International Student and Scholar Services

ISSS facilitates enrollment, retention, and graduation for international students and ensures successful experiences for international scholars (faculty and researchers) by providing information, services, acclimation, and culturally relevant activities.