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Graduate Requirements

Application Process for International Graduate Students

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At the University of Hartford, we pride ourselves on being an international campus that is large enough to include students from the United States and more than 65 other countries around the world, yet small enough to provide individual attention to all our students.

With only 15-25 students in a class, we offer an intimate learning environment that promotes discussions and active participation. Our professors are focused on your personal growth and will provide detailed feedback on assignments and opportunities to work on research projects in your area of interest.

International graduate education is an important part of our mission as a leading American university. We hope you will join our community and make the most of your education in the United States.

Required Steps

International applicants are required to submit the following materials as part of their graduate application:

  • Application fee: International applicants, who incur the expense of having their non-U.S. academic degrees evaluated, have their $50 application fee waived; Common Application System (CAS) applicants are responsible for processing fees charged by CAS; international students applying to The Hartt School are still responsible for a $40 audition fee.
  • Guarantor's statement: Admitted students will be required to submit a passport, and financial documents that indicate financial capability and responsibility for at least the first year of enrollment (tuition, fees, and living expenses). Supporting financial documents from a financial institution with current U.S. dollars exchange rates must be provided within 6 months of enrollment. If you are not personally funding your tuition, your sponsor must submit a sponsor certification and submit official financial documentation.
  • Transcript evaluation: All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member such as WES, IEE, or SpanTran. If the transcript is written in English, a course-by-course evaluation is still required, as grading systems vary from country to country.  

Students who are non-native speakers of the English language are required to submit scores from one of the following English-proficiency tests.

  • TOEFL: minimum of 80 (Internet Based Total), and 550 (Paper Based Total).
  • PTE: minimum score of 58.
  • IELTS: minimum score of 6.5.
  • Duolingo: minimum score of 110 combined.
  • You can qualify for the English Proficiency Waiver if you fit one of the following two categories:
    • You are an International applicant whose native language is English.
    • You are an International applicant holding a bachelor’s or master's degree from a country where the native language is English. 
    • If you believe that you meet one of these criteria, please email gradstudy@hartford.edu.

Once accepted, international students must submit their $300 deposit via the application portal prior to an I-20 being issued. The deposit is a prepayment of tuition and will be applied to the student's future tuition bill. If a student's visa is denied, a refund request can be emailed to gradstudy@hartford.edu.

Graduate students are required to submit immunization records prior to registering for classes. This form is available from and should be submitted to Health Services.

Before you can register for classes you must secure a student visa to attend the University of Hartford. After you have been accepted and sent us your deposit, you may begin the process of obtaining an I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status" from the University.

The University is a SEVP approved institution authorized to enroll F-1 and J-1 students and scholars. For a step-by-step guide to applying for your visa, review the International Center's guide.

Some of our guidelines:

  • I-20 requests are processed after a student has been accepted and submitted their $300 deposit. The deposit is a prepayment of tuition and will be applied to the student's future tuition bill. If a student's visa is denied, a refund request can be emailed to gradstudy@hartford.edu.
  • Once your I-20 is issued we will email the I-20 to the email address you provided on your application.
  • If you have already been issued a different kind of visa (H-1, F-2) or have a Green Card please email gradstudy@hartford.edu to inform us.

Once you are accepted to the University of Hartford, please visit the Accepted Student Resource page for information on next steps. 

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