Special information for International Applicants
The Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island welcomes applications from students around the globe. Individual graduate programs have their own entrance requirements, so please be sure to check the website of the Department to which you are applying for information on admissions tests and pre-requisites.
To be considered for admission to master's or doctoral level graduate programs, the Graduate School requires that you have completed a baccalaureate degree at an accredited institution in the United States OR the equivalent of a four-year degree at an international university. Please note that three-year bachelor's degrees from India and some Asian countries are not considered equivalent; applicants with these degrees must undertake additional coursework before becoming eligible for graduate study at URI. Click here for more information.
Using the online application and information management system
The Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island accepts online applications only. First, complete the online application form and submit the application fee. Once your application is complete including uploading unofficial transcripts, recommendations and personal statements, the Department will review your credentials and make a recommendation to the Graduate School.
The Graduate School will communicate the admission decision to you via ApplyYourself, the electronic application management system of the University of Rhode Island Graduate School. It is imperative that you provide a working e-mail address and check it regularly for updates. The Graduate School will NOT mail hard copies of letters of denial; letters of admission will be provided to international addresses only when the applicant makes special arrangements with the Graduate School. If accepted, you will receive instructions for creating your e-campus account and declaring your intention to matriculate in your acceptance notification. If you are accepted, you will be required to provide original official transcripts upon your arrival.
Deadlines for admission and financial aid vary by department; click here for a list of application dates. Applicants should always contact the Graduate Director for their plan of study before applying to ensure that applications are still being accepted for the term in which admission is sought.
Submitting supplemental materials to the department for review
Only complete applications will be reviewed. Please check with your department website regarding deadlines and required admissions tests or course prerequisites. You must upload all supplemental materials as a complete application package. DO NOT send mail to the Graduate School or your department, as this will postpone evaluation of your application. Please note that once documents are received by the university they will not be returned to you. If you have questions about admission requirements, contact the Department. DO NOT submit more than one application for the same degree plan.
A complete International application file includes:
TOEFL is not required if an applicant satisfies one or more of these conditions:
a. Citizenship of Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, United States, an Anglophone country of Africa, or an English speaking country of the Caribbean.
b. A college or university degree earned in the United States or in one of the countries listed above.
c. A degree earned from the American University in Beirut, American University in Bulgaria, American College in Greece or from Bogazici University.
Certificate of Financial Responsibility: Please DO NOT send your Certificate of Financial Responsibility to the Graduate School. If you are accepted to URI and choose to enroll, you will need to provide financial documents to the Office of International Students and Scholars along with your application for the I-20. The Graduate School does NOT need this information to process your application.
Please go to www.uri.edu/iss for information on visas and the I-20 form.
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