International Student Admissions

The University of Vermont welcomes applications from international students.

Application Requirements

Academic Documents: International applicants must submit official original transcripts of all secondary and postsecondary education, including final exam results. If documents are not in English, certified translations are required. All arrangements for translation must be made directly with the translation option of the applicant’s choice.

Standardized Tests: Students are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. Students wishing to qualify for merit scholarship and Honors College will be required to submit an official SAT or ACT score.

English Proficiency: International students for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate English profiency. The University of Vermont requires a minimum iBT score of 90 (577 paper-based TOEFL) or a minimum band IELTS scores of 6.5. Official score reports must be sent from the testing agency to UVM. For TOEFL, visit For IELTS, go to If an international student has attended a U.S. institution for three or more years, or attends a school with instruction in English for three or more years, or, in rare circumstances, if a combination of evidence exists which otherwise demonstrates a student's English language proficiency, the Office of Admissions has the discretion to and may waive the requirement for TOEFL or IELTS scores on a case-by-case basis.

Financial Support for International Students: The university offers merit-based scholarships to international students each year. Students attending on non-immigrant student visas are charged out-of-state tuition rates. International students, who submit an official standardized test, are considered for these merit-based scholarships; no additional application is required.  Information about merit scholarships for international students may be found at

Form I-20: International students requiring an F-1 student visa to begin studies at the University of Vermont must complete an I-20 request form and submit it to UVM’s Office of International Education. The I-20 form can only be issued when a student has been formally admitted to UVM and has provided proof of sufficient financial support to cover educational expenses for one full academic year. The student must provide documentation for all sources of financial support. Financial documents must be submitted in English, state an exact currency amount (preferably in U.S. dollars) and be less than six months old at the point of submission for I-20 issuance.

For more information on obtaining an I-20, contact the Office of International Education, 633 Main St., Living/Learning B162, Burlington, VT 05405; Tel:  011-802-656-4296 or visit the website:

Transfer Credit for International Students

International students who have attended postsecondary institutions in their home country may be eligible for UVM credit under the Transfer Credit Policy guidelines. International students should submit comprehensive course descriptions and outlines, translated in English, to the Office of Transfer Affairs, 360 Waterman Building, Burlington, VT 05405-0160, USA. Submission of these materials helps the Office of Transfer Affairs prepare a full credit evaluation prior to enrollment at UVM. Translations must accompany all original documentation. If you have post-secondary college-level course work, you may wish to have your credentials evaluated for U.S. academic equivalents. For more information, please contact the Office of Transfer Affairs at (802) 656-0867, or email:

UVM Global Gateway Program

The University of Vermont offers a pathway program for academically prepared international students, combining English Language coursework with UVM undergraduate courses, and leading to matriculation into a degree program upon successful completion. The one-term Global Gateway Program (GGP) is designed for students with a higher level of English proficiency and who will matriculate into the second semester of a degree program with 14-15 credits upon completion of the GGP, assuming that they meet all program standards. The two-term Global Gateway Program (GGP) is designed to prepare students for the progression to  the second year of degree status with 28-30 credits, assuming that they meet all program standards. The three-term pathway program sequence is designed to begin with a one-term intensive English Language program followed by the two-term Global Gateway Program.

Admission to the UVM Global Gateway Program is competitive. Eligible students should have the equivalent of a minimum secondary school grade point average of 2.75 on a U.S. 4.0 scale (or country/regional equivalent). UVM Global Gateway applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements for the UVM academic college or school they choose. Students seeking admission to the one-term GGP should have an iBT score of 80 or higher, an IELTS of 6.5 or Versant score of 64+. Students seeking admission to the two-term GGP should have an iBT score of 65 or higher, an IELTS of 6.0 or a Verstant score of 57-63.  Students seeking admission to the three-term GGP will have a iBT score of 55-64, an IELTS of 5.5 or a Versant score of 52-56. Eligible students can also enroll in the Embassy English program and successfully complete the program to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Eligible students are offered admission to the University of Vermont undergraduate degree program and progress to degree status by successful completion of the UVM Global Gateway Program with a cumulative grade point average in the GGP of 2.5, and a B- or higher average in English Language study for the final GGP semester, or a cumulative grade point average in the GGP of 3.2, and a B- or higher average in English Language study for the final GGP semester to progress into the Grossman School of Business. Students enrolled in the three-term program must successfully complete the first term of the UVM Global Gateway Program with a grade point average of 2.5 to progress to the second term.

The application for the UVM Global Gateway Program can be found at For more information, contact the UVM Global Gateway Program Office at