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Merit Scholarship for Outstanding Students

Document Evaluation

English Proficiency Requirement

I-20 Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Schedule an on-campus appointment with the International Admission Counselor

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.

Click here for examples of how an official document should be received by mail.

How to Apply

Freshman Applicants

Freshman Applicants to Pharm.D.

Conditional Admission

Transfer Applicants

Freshman Deadlines:

  • Spring admission (January): December 1
  • Regular fall admission (September): June 1
  • Early Action: December 1

Please Note: Early Action applicants will be notified of their admission decision on February 2, 2015. If mid-year grades or other information is requested, applicants may not receive a decision until end of March.

Transfer Deadlines:

  • Spring admission (January): December 1
  • Regular fall admission (September): June 1

Conditional Admission Deadlines:

Deadlines can be flexible and application will be accepted on a space available basis.

  • January admission: December 1
  • September admission: June 1
  • Summer admission: April 1

Merit Scholarships for Outstanding Students

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.

Document Evaluation (for transfer credit)

If you are an international transfer student, your transcripts of university studies must be formally evaluated by one of the following credential evaluation agencies.  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 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.

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit one of the following:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), minimum paper-based 550 or iBt score of 79
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) minimum of 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English minimum of 53
  • EIKEN Test of English Language Proficiency level Pre-1
  • Completion of the A.C.E. Language Institute program on URI campus through Level 6 for undergraduates

Most students will be required to take one of the English language tests listed above. Applicants who have attended a secondary school or post-secondary school where the language of instruction is English may be exempt from submitting these test results depending upon their English grades and their Critical Reading/Writing SAT scores. This will be determined on an individual basis.


I-20 Information

The Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars supervises the immigration process for students and faculty members from other countries. URI only grants the I-20 after admission. Click here here for more information.

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

Phone: 401-874-2395

Advanced credit information

AP and IB Credit Information

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How to check the status of your application

Student Spotlight

View our video of current URI international student, Timothy Mackenzie.

Two years ago, Amandine Umutoni Gatali was sitting at her computer in Pretoria, South Africa, trying to figure out where to go to college.  Read more..

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Exciting news!

The University of Rhode Island was recognized for our outstanding and innovative efforts in campus internationalization.