International Admissions

UNE Online welcomes applications from students around the world

The University of New England (UNE) is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security to enroll international students and issue student and/or exchange visitor visa-qualifying documents (I-20/DS-2019). We comply with all regulations of the U.S. Government SEVIS program pertaining to the enrollment and tracking of international students.

It is important to note that applicants to online programs are not eligible for a student visa.

Are you an international student?

At UNE, an international student is someone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. (holder of a “Green Card”). Prospective international students must meet the same admissions criteria required of all other applicants.

Admissions requirements

An international applicant (not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who will require a visa to study in the U.S.)


An applicant with international degrees or coursework (a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who has been educated outside of the U.S. and will not require a visa to study in the U.S.)

  • General admissions criteria for the University and its academic programs can be found by accessing the undergraduate or graduate admissions catalogs or the individual program or major.
  • In addition to the general University admissions criteria, and program-specific criteria, international students must also meet the following: English Language Proficiency
    • International applicants must be able to understand and communicate in English to gain full admission to the University of New England. If English is not your native language, you will need to submit documentation that indicates your level of English proficiency.
    • UNE accepts several methods of English proficiency including the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), as well as others. Students will meet the minimum standards for English proficiency at UNE by demonstrating one of the following:


TOEFL (Tests of English as a Foreign Language)550 (paper-based)
213 (computer-based)
79 (internet-based)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System)Overall Band 6.0 or higher
IB (International Baccalaureate)Grade 5 or higher
SAT (Critical Reading and Writing Sections)500 or higher
GRE (Analytical Writing Section)4.0 or higher
AP (English Language and Composition Exams)Score of 3 or higher with college transfer credit received
One year of English composition passed at a US institution, which counts as a transfer credit at UNE (not ESL)Grade of “C” or higher

Additional Methods

  • Students who have attended a regionally accredited U.S. high school or U.S. Department of Defense school overseas for at least three years, or have received an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university will meet English proficiency requirements.
  • UNE also waives the English proficiency requirement for students who graduated from a regionally accredited school in other English-speaking countries: Anguilla, Antigua/Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Guyana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Grenada, Guam, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica/other West Indies, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, South Africa, St. Helena, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Isle, United Kingdom, and Virgin Islands, and others.
  • Passing scores on the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification (with the submission of a photocopy of ECFMG certification to UNE Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions).

    International transcripts

    English translation of transcript

    • All official scholastic records submitted in support of your application must be in English or include English translations.
    • English translations should be literal (word-for-word, not interpretive) translations.
    • For specific procedures and admission criteria for each of our academic programs, please check the program website.

    Transcript evaluation

    All applicants with international degrees or coursework are responsible for having their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of an accredited institution within the U.S.

    UNE accepts foreign educational credential evaluations from all NACES® and AACRAO members. Please inform your Enrollment Counselor as to which evaluation organization you plan to use.

    Keep in mind electronic evaluations are typically delivered much faster than post-mail methods. When requesting your evaluation, please check to see which delivery methods are available.

    We have listed our preferred organizations below that offer electronic evaluation delivery:

    Please see the International Student Admissions policies for additional requirements regarding English language proficiency, ECFMG requirements, and verification of financial support.

    Your enrollment counselor can help

    Concerns regarding your international admissions and your ability to provide official transcripts should be directed to your enrollment counselor. For further assistance with securing official documents and information from your country, please contact your local U.S. Embassy/U.S. Consulate/Office of Public Affairs for a referral to an overseas educational advising center near you, or consult the list available on the U.S. State Department website.



    Do you have questions about attending an online graduate school?

    If you have any questions about coursework or program requirements, please speak to one of our enrollment counselors at the email or phone number below.