You are considered an international student if you are not a US Citizen. If you are an undocumented student living in RI, please read the residency policy.
International applicants must meet all admission requirements with the exception of the SAT or ACT, which is optional. Students seeking merit scholarships are encouraged to take the SAT or ACT.
If you have any questions that are not answered on our website or want to schedule an on-campus appointment with the International Admission Counselor, please contact Bowen Gillie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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International students applying for admission must meet all admission requirements for their level. International freshmen complete the Common Application and all other freshman and transfer application materials. SAT or ACT test scores are not mandatory, yet encouraged if seeking merit scholarships.
See the following requirements for each category:
All applicants must send official secondary school records (and post-secondary records for transfer students). Original documents or certified true copies of originals are considered official. If the documents are not in English, applicants must submit both the original and a certified English translation.
If applicable, students must provide official results and certificates of completion from national secondary examinations. These must arrive in an envelope that has been stamped and sealed by a school official or uploaded electronically to the Common Application by that official.
The University of Rhode Island is unable to accept faxed, scanned, or photocopied documents. All academic documents must be submitted directly by the institution or issuing authority in an envelope that is stamped and sealed by an official representative of that institution or authority. Academic documents may also be uploaded to the Common Application by such officials. See examples of how an official document should be received by mail.
After you apply, you will first receive an email confirmation from the Common Application, followed by an email message of acknowledgment from URI with instructions for checking the status of your application online. Most importantly, the email message will contain your URI ID#, which you must use to check your application status online through the URI e-Campus system. We ask that you read the email carefully and save it.
Due to our high mail volume, it may take up to three weeks for paper and electronic documents to be attached to your application. Once the documents are attached, they will reflect the actual date they were received. If your “to do” list indicates we have not yet received something you have already submitted, we may have received it, but it has not yet been attached to your file.
We appreciate your patience, and encourage you to check your status regularly.
All international applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. English language proficiency may be demonstrated by one of the following:
- TOEFL iBT: minimum score of 79
- IELTS: minimum score of 6.5
- Cambridge English: Advanced: 176-184
- Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 53
- Eiken Test of English: completion of level Pre-1
Applicants who have not achieved the English language proficiency minimum score (or who choose not to submit these scores) may be considered for conditional admission and can take intensive ESL classes through one of our English language partners.
Applicants who have attended a secondary school or post-secondary school where the language of instruction is English may be exempt from submitting an English proficiency examination depending upon their English grades (AP, IB, O level, A-level, GCSE, American Curriculum) and their Critical Reading and Writing SAT and/or ACT scores (if submitted).
Applicants who require additional training in English may be reviewed for conditional admission. URI offers intensive ESL instruction through its partnership with ACE (Associates in Cultural Exchange). To learn more about ACE at URI please visit the ACE website.
Please note: Conditionally admitted students will receive the Form I-20 from ACE and not from URI.
International transfer applicants must have all post-secondary transcripts formally evaluated by an approved credential evaluation agency. Evaluations must be based on original or attested copies of academic documents. Please request a course-by-course evaluation and have an official report sent directly to URI.
URI will accept evaluations from any NACES certified agency. Please visit NACES.org for a list of approved credit evaluators. Also, please note that official course descriptions (in English) may be requested by the head of your department before transfer credit is awarded.
Merit scholarships are available for international students with a record of outstanding academic achievement. These partial tuition scholarships range in amount and are renewable each year as long as the student maintains the minimum required grade point average. The scholarships do not cover the costs of room and board or miscellaneous fees.
Merit scholarships awarded to international students who applied for entry to the 2015/2016 academic year ranged from $8,500 to $13,500.
In order to issue the Form I-20, non-conditionally admitted students must demonstrate that they (or their designee) possess the equivalent of $44,338 USD (minus any merit scholarships awarded). Please ensure that the Office of International Students and Scholars receives the following documents:
1. Certificate of Financial Responsibility, legible PDF of a bank statement (valid within 30 days of issuance), or government issued financial guarantee. These documents must prove that the student possesses funds for the first year of study, and that the funds for subsequent years will be available.
2. Legible copy of the student’s passport biographical page.
3. Transfer-In Form. This is ONLY required of students who currently study in the U.S. on a student visa.
If government or reserve bank permission is required to transfer funds from the student’s country to the United States, a notarized copy of the permission is required. Visit the OISS website or address inquiries concerning I-20 and DS-2019 forms, health certificates, visas, and financial responsibility forms to:
Office of International Students and Scholars
University of Rhode Island
37 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881-1966 USA
Frequently Asked Questions
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» Q. I am a freshman applicant with a passport, live outside of the U.S. and have attended secondary school. Must I submit official results of an SAT or ACT?
A. For regular admission, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. URI will accept the official results of a TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test or EIKEN Test of English. If you completed 4 years in an English-speaking school and earned high grades in your English courses, this proficiency requirement may be waived.
» Q. Must I take the TOEFL or IELTS examinations if I want to be considered for conditional admission?
A. For conditional admission, applicants do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS. These students will be considered for conditional admission based upon their academic achievement. Before conditionally admitted students can enter URI directly they may be required to study English at the A.C.E. English Language Institute on the URI campus and complete up through level 6 of the English language program.
A. In most cases, as an international transfer student, transcripts of your university studies must be formally evaluated by a URI-recommended credential evaluation agency. Official course descriptions (in English) may be requested by the head of your department before credits may be evaluated for transfer.
A. Yes, you would apply as a transfer student.
A. Yes. The Admission website lists course equivalencies. See the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate charts.
» Q. Is it possible to receive academic credit for superior results on certain secondary school-leaving examinations?
A. In some countries, superior results on final examinations demonstrate a level of achievement beyond most standard high school programs. Final credit will be determined on an individual basis by the student’s academic department at URI.
A. Yes. All international students who pay their enrollment and housing deposits on time are guaranteed on-campus housing.
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