International applicants are defined as those who currently hold or are seeking an F1 visa or other non-immigrant visa category authorized to engage in full-time or part-time academic studies. U.S. citizens, U.S. dual citizenship, lawful permanent residents (LPR), pending LPR (with approval notice), DACA, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), political asylees, refugees, or undocumented individuals, should apply as a domestic applicant.

Application Requirements

International Applicants must complete UNC Greensboro’s online application for their student type and fulfill any additional requirements outlined below for Undergraduate or Graduate admissions. In addition applicants will need to submit the following to UNC Greensboro:

  • Submit $65 application fee.
  • Official English language proficiency score report.
  • Copy of valid passport (photo/signature page only).
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended (View the requirements below based on your student type to see if transcripts are required).

Undergraduate Requirements

In addition to meeting Undergraduate Application Requirements, international applicants should have:

  • Freshmen: GPA 2.5 minimum on 4.0 U.S or equivalent scale (weighted, U.S. high school only).
  • Transfer: GPA 2.0 minimum on 4.0 U.S. or equivalent scale.

Note: Some majors have additional admission criteria and specific deadlines.

Freshman applicants are also subject to meeting UNCG and North Carolina state’s U.S. high school equivalency minimum course guidelines. For transfer students coming from a U.S. institution, copy of valid F1 visa (photo/signature page only), or copy of other valid visa types (ex: H4, E2, L2) is required.

For Freshman Applicants and Transfer Applicants with less than 24 credit hours:

  • Official secondary education/high school transcripts or GED certificate, in English.

For U.S. transcripts, please follow the normal protocol from your institution when ordering official transcripts. For Undergraduate Admissions, the International Recruitment and Admissions Office accepts stamped copies of high school transcripts from U.S. community colleges.

Students with non-U.S. transcripts for their current or prior college/university are required to submit a course-by-course evaluation report with the application. Freshmen with current or prior secondary education transcripts are also required to submit a course-by-course evaluation report, but for the following exceptions below.

You do not need the report if you have any of the following: IB Diploma or IB Track, Standard XII Certificate or equivalent (India only), School Leaving Certificate & Mark Sheets for all exams (Nepal only), a GCSE/IGCSE Statement of Results, or a WASSCE/WAEC score report.  All non-U.S. secondary education credentials, whether externally or in-house evaluated, must meet U.S. high school diploma equivalency.

The purpose of the credential evaluation report is to authenticate your academic credentials and ensure course credit and U.S. grade equivalency are completed accurately.  This also eliminates the need to obtain official, translated transcripts from your school(s) to be sent to UNCG.

UNCG accepts academic evaluation reports from any of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services® (NACES) members or the Association of International Credential Evaluators® (AICE) endorsed member, Scholaro, Inc.

Visit the AICE endorsed member services website at: https://aice-eval.org/endorsed-members/

A complete list of NACES course credential evaluation members at: https://www.naces.org/members

Visit the AICE endorsed member services website at: https://aice-eval.org/endorsed-members/

A complete list of NACES course credential evaluation members at: https://www.naces.org/members

Country Specific Secondary Education Documents Required for Evaluation

For all external evaluation centers (or in-house evaluation for qualifying waivers), please request the official academic records and/or exam results to be sent directly from the institutions to the organization. Academic documents must be in English. Country specific secondary education documents on the list are subject to change.

UNCG Accepts the Following English Language Proficiency scores for direct entry into its Baccalaureate Programs:

The English Language Proficiency score is waived by one of the following:

  • You are a graduate of a U.S. high school or academy.
  • You are a graduate of an International School/Academy or IB school where the entire curriculum is taught entirely in English.
  • An English Composition grade of C minimum from an accredited U.S. college/university.
  • Obtained the highest level of English language training certificate from a qualified English Academic Program (US or non-US) – submitted for review and approval by the International Admissions Office.
  • You have graduated from a school or are from: Australia, Canada (English curriculum only), Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom.
  • Achieved INTERLINK Level 6 (on campus) or INTERLINK Level 12 (online program).

UNCG offers conditional admission for score reports less than the above for otherwise qualified applicants. Students that enter the INTERLINK intensive English program on the UNCG campus can enjoy the many benefits of being a Spartan with full access to all facilities, residential housing, fitness center, and dining center.

Official test results should be sent directly from test centers to UNCG

UNCG Test Codes: TOEFL, SAT: 5913, ACT: 3166

IELTS (and IELTS indicator) – Select Account Name:

UNC Greensboro Undergraduate Admissions


1202 Spring Garden Street, 270 Mossman Building
Greensboro, NC 27412 USA

Mailing Address for Official Score Report, Transcripts, NACES Course-by-Course Evaluation:

UNCG Undergraduate Admissions
Attn: International Recruitment & Admissions Office
P.O. Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Graduate Requirements

The Graduate School requires a course-by-course evaluation report showing completion of a bachelor’s and a graduate degree (if required by the program) that is equivalent to a U.S. degree from an international college or university recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned.

  • A course-by-course evaluation from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®), showing proof of earned U.S. equivalency bachelor’s degree and/or a graduate degree (if required by the program), credit hours and GPA.
    •  Exception – A credential evaluation is not required for the international undergraduate degree program if the applicant earned or is in the process of earning an advanced degree from an accredited U.S. institution.

A course-by-course evaluation from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES®), showing proof of in process status of U.S. equivalency of a bachelor’s and/or a graduate degree (if required by the program), credit hours and current GPA. 

The purpose of the credential evaluation report is to authenticate your academic credentials and ensure course credit and U.S. grade equivalency are completed accurately.  This also eliminates the need to obtain official, translated transcripts from your school(s) being sent to UNCG.

Graduate Admissions accepts academic evaluation reports from any of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services® (NACES)

For international students with a U.S. college/university transcript, a final, official transcript must be sent from the institution(s) directly to The Graduate School as part of the application.  Unofficial copies may be uploaded for review purposes only by logging into your student portal.

  • Government or Non-Profit funded applicants (i.e. SACM, Fulbright, AMIDEAST, Laspau, or USAID) may upload an unofficial copy of their transcripts in English via their application portal.  Sponsored program offices will submit original transcripts on behalf of the applicant, if an offer of admission is extended.
  • India:  Some NAAC, A-rated, Div I (or Class I), three-year Bachelor’s degrees from India may be considered equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. A WES® course evaluation is highly recommended in this case (i.e., for BA, BCOM, BCA, BSc degrees). Evaluation by WES® does not guarantee that your degree will be equal to a U.S. bachelor’s degree but that WES® is the leading authority on such matters and the best choice for evaluation of your three-year diploma in this category.

In addition to meeting The Graduate School’s General Application Requirements, international applicants must provide evidence of English Language Proficiency (ELP).

Direct Admission

To be considered for direct admission, we accept the following ELP minimum scores:

**ELPs must not be more than 2 years old from the date of application submission.

Exemptions from the ELP include:

  • Successful completion of INTERLINK Level 5 / Level 12 Online Program.
    • Saudi Arabian students: INTERLINK is a SACM approved ESL program.
  • Successful completion of the American Language Academy Level 5.
  • Successful completion of the Mentora College’s Intensive English Program.
  • The applicant is from a country where English is recognized as the primary, official language.
  • The applicant is or will be a graduate of a degree from a U.S. regionally accredited university.
  • The applicant is or will be a graduate of a non-U.S. college/university where English is the primary language of instruction.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who have not met the minimum English language proficiency score may apply for conditional admission.

The deadline for receipt of application and all supporting documents varies by department. Please check the Graduate Deadlines page for deadlines.

International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application early, at least 30 days prior to the posted departmental deadline to allow for additional processing time.

For I-20 and DS 2019 issuance, as required by USCIS, international applicants must show evidence of sufficient funds, for a minimum of one year, to support one’s education and living expenses while at UNCG. Financial forms may be downloaded from within the graduate application or on The International Programs Center (IPC) webpage at: https://international.uncg.edu/about-ipc/forms-handbooks-policies/.

Funding Your U.S. Education & Resources

EducationUSA offices worldwide serve international students in a variety of capacities which include preparing for your F1 visa, sourcing out external funding/financial planning, tips on applying to a university, and logistical planning for your U.S. educational journey.

Assistantships
Applicants will be asked within the application if they would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship (GA) by their academic department.  Only direct admitted students are eligible for assistantships.  Questions regarding assistantships should be directed to the respective academic department.

All supporting documents must be in English. For mailing purposes, please use the following address:

UNC Greensboro
The Graduate School
Attn: Graduate Admissions
270 Mossman Building
1202 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412 USA

gradinquiry@uncg.edu