Frequently Asked Questions

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As an international student, we are sure you have a lot of questions about the application process, visa requirements, and what life at UHart will be like. Here are the answers to our most asked questions. 

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Application Process

Please follow our online instructions to Apply For Admission. We require your academic records and your application to provide you with an admission decision. You are required to also prove your English language ability and submit proof of financial support to complete your admission.

We can review your application with an electronic copy of your academic records but we require the official copy to be mailed to our office before you begin your studies.

Send an email to with a request for an application update. Please include your name and admission ID (this starts with a G) in the subject of your email.

For the majority of our programs, we aim to review your application within 2 weeks of receiving your COMPLETED application (the application itself and all of your academic records). We will let you know of your admission decision by email, so please be sure you have given us your correct personal email address.

**If you are applying as a Music, Fine or Performing arts student you will need to share your academic record and your demonstrate your specific talent (Music-Audition, Fine Arts-Art Portfolio or Performing Arts-Audition). First we will provide you with an indication that you have met the Academic requirements for admission (two to three weeks). We will then follow with the results of your performance review (Last week of February or 1st week of March).

Please make sure you have submitted your complete application and all of your academic records from each previous high school or college you have attended, including any university or college in the US or any country where you took classes? Once we receive all of your academic records we can review your application. If you have attended studies beyond High/Secondary School you are required to provide an official record of this study. If you chose not to include this information you will be denied admission.

This will be determined after a thorough review of your complete academic record. If your record is above average and you meet all the other requirements for your particular degree you will be offered admission.

If you are unable to score the required minimum you have the following options for starting at UHart:

  1. International Pathway Program - This program allows you to continue to study English while earning credit in your degree program.  In most cases students are able to complete their degree programs in four years. 
  2. English Language Institute - This immersive program allows you to concentrate only on English Language development. This program will require you to add additional semesters to your estimated date of degree completion. 

University of Hartford
International Admission
345 Gengras Student Union
West Hartford, CT 06117


T: 1.860.768.4981

  • Please check the Application Process page for a full list of requirements.
  • Are you applying as a first year or transfer student? The requirements differ. So please take care to include all of the required documents.
  • You can begin working on your Proof of Financial Support. This document is required before you can receive your Form I-20.
  • If English is not your native language you are required to prove your English language ability through an English Test (TOEFL or IELTS). 


We consider all international undergraduate students for scholarships. The amount ranges from $10,000-$23,000 and up to full tuition (for music, art, dance, and athletics). 

We consider all international undergraduate students (except music, art, dance, and athletics applicants) for our International Scholarship ($10,000-$23,000) based on their academic merit. There is no separate scholarship application for the International Scholarship. As an international student you may also qualify for Federal student aid. You can read more about that on Student Aid for non-U.S. citizen.

Music, art, dance, and athletics students please refer to the specific application requirements to be considered for Scholarships.

Our total cost of attendance/fees are listed on our Tuition and Fees page.

If you will be attending the University on an active (NOT expired) visa, you will be considered for a talent/merit based scholarship. You will not be considered for any financial aid on the basis of financial need.

If you are considered an "eligible non-citizen" you should apply for admission and financial aid for US Citizens. To learn if you qualify as an eligible visit Student Aid for non-U.S. citizen.

English Requirements

English Language Testing–Minimum Scores

Undergraduate all programs:

  • IELTS 6.5
  • Duolingo 120
  • Pearsons 52
  • TOEFL 80 IBT

Alternative methods for proving English proficiency can be found on English Language Institute.


If you are unable to score the required minimum you have the following options for starting at UHart:

  1. International Pathway Program - This program allows you to continue to study English while earning credit in your degree program.  In most cases students are able to complete their degree programs in four years. 
  2. English Language Institute - This immersive program allows you to concentrate only on English Language development. This program will require you to add additional semesters to your estimated date of degree completion. 
  • IELTS 6.5
  • Duolingo 120
  • Pearsons 52 
  • TOEFL 80


Over 100 degree Programs of Study are waiting for you to develop the skills and abilities you need to begin your career.

You will study with experienced professors, 90% of the teaching faculty hold the highest degree available in their academic discipline. 80% of our full time faculty have studied, taught or conducted research outside of the United States.

We are ranked one of the best Regional Universities in the Northeast (US News & World Report). Our degree programs hold the highest levels of accreditation available in the US. Our College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture is accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET). Our Barney School of Business is one of 600 business schools worldwide accredited by the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Transfer Students

We accept transfer credits that meet the following requirements:

  • Credits were earned at a regionally accredited university or college.
  • The course was a 100 level or higher course (i.e. ENG 101 Freshman Composition NOT ENG 098 Preparing for College Writing).
  • The student earned a C- or higher in the course.
  • The course covered material that is similar to subject matter offered at the University of Hartford.
  • We have received an official transcript from the institution at which the course was taken.
  • We will accept coursework done online as long as the student can provide an official transcript from an accredited institution; the exception is that we cannot accept online lab science coursework.
  • Computer courses are evaluated on their content to determine transferability. We will not accept computer courses that are more than ten years old.

International Baccalaureate (PDF) - No specific score required for admission. Diploma holders will be offered admission. An applicant's examination results will determine their eligibility for credit. Generally speaking, the higher the score the more credit the student will earn. No credit is awarded for Subsidiary level subjects.

Ap Credits From Testing (PDF) - Students scoring 3 and above will be considered for credit in their respective subject area.


SAT/ACT Testing

We do not require these scores for admission purposes but they may help to increase the strength of your record. In some cases, students who fall below our admission standard have gained admission as a result of a good score on these exams. Submitting these scores can also strengthen your candidacy for scholarship so we do encourage you to submit your scores if you have taken these exams.

3436 for the SAT and 0606 for the ACT.

International Students

We have over 600 international students studying with us. You will join talented students from around the world. Students from over 60 countries choose to study at Hartford.

You will study with people who care about your success. International students are welcomed and assisted by the caring staff at the International Center. Starting with an International Student Orientation program upon your arrival to the University, we welcome you to the University and the surrounding environment.


Yes! Our International Student Ambassadors work with the International Admission Office to answer student questions. You can connect with an Ambassador (see contact info above on this page) or send us an email to connect with one of our alumni.

Location/Getting to know Hartford

Our beautiful residential campus is located in West Hartford, a residential area near the City of Hartford, Connecticut (7km). Hartford is located equidistant (150km) from the cities of Boston and New York. West Hartford was recently named one of the top ten cities to live in the US for the next decade. You can visit many shops, eateries and museums, or visit beautiful historical sites in and around Hartford.

You will not get lost in the crowd. Size = 5301 Undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) and 1634 Graduate (Master/Doctoral Degree students). Average class size at the University is 22 students.

Yes! You can spend the night on-campus or you can come just for the day, to tour the campus and meet with a counselor. We encourage you to come visit us in person or take our virtual tour to explore our beautiful campus.


About 85 percent of first-year students live on campus. We suggest living on campus as a way to make friends with students from the U.S. and other parts of the world. Living on campus will also make it easier to become a part of clubs and organizations, which will ease your transition to the University.

We can offer you the opportunity to live on campus during International Student Orientation at no additional charge. We can greet you at the airport or train/bus station on the scheduled international student arrival day and bring you to campus to check in to your on-campus housing. Meals will be provided during orientation for students who live on campus during the orientation program.

80% of our students live in on-campus Housing. You can chose to live on-campus or off-campus, from your first year at the University. Living on-campus is a great way to meet other students and make friends with your American classmates, and is more convenient to get to your classes. Living off Campus may be a quieter environment, you may be able to share your living costs, or have a private bedroom. You may have to commute to your classes by public transportation. We can help you decide which option is better for you!

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