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International Students

At the University of Hartford, we pride ourselves on being an international university that is large enough to include students from the United States and more than 60 other countries around the world, yet small enough to provide individual attention to all our students. Encouraging international graduate students to make the most of their education in the United States is our main goal at the University of Hartford.

International graduate education and understanding is an important part of our mission as a university. It is also a major part of our role as a leading American university.

INTL Student welcome reception



Admission Requirements and Procedures for International Applicants

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 by WES, have their $50 application fee waived; international students applying to The Hartt School are still responsible for a $40 audition fee.

  • Guarantor's Statement: A guarantor's statement with supporting financial documents from a financial institution with current U.S. dollars exchange rates within 6 months of enrollment. Review the 2017-2018 Estimated Expenses for tuition, fees, and other expenses for graduate international students.

  • Transcript Evaluation: All international transcripts must be evaluated by WES on a basic course-by-course basis.

  • English-proficiency test scores via TOEFL, PTE or IELTS for students who are not native speakers of the English Language.
    Average TOEFL scores for students range from a minimum of 79 (Internet Based Total), and 550 (Paper Based Total). The minimum score for the PTE is a 58. IELTS minimum score for graduate studies is 6.5. Please contact the graduate program director for specific score requirements in your program. 

  • Tuition Deposit: Once accepted, international students must submit their $300 or $500 deposit 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.

  • Immunization Record is required prior to registering for classes. Graduate students will use "Health Form 2".


I-20 Guide

The first step in applying for a student visa to attend the University of Hartford is to obtain 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 will be processed after a student has submitted their tuition deposit. Once accepted, international students must submit their $300 deposit 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.

  • The Graduate Admission Office processes I-20s on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Once your I-20 is issued we will mail the I-20 to your permanent address and email you the FedEx tracking number.
  • 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.

Students who meet our academic requirements but are deficient in English testing will be offered Conditional Admission.  They will receive an I-20 issued by our English Language Institute.  If they are able to test out of this requirement, we will create a revised I-20 for their degree program.  It is best for students to provide us with a bank statement / financial support indicating a balance adequate to cover the cost of attendance for their degree program.

  • Spring 2018:

    The Graduate Admission Office & International Center will begin issuing Spring 2018 I-20s on August 1st 2017, we will stop issuing Spring 2018 I-20s after December 15, 2017. All applications for the Spring must be completed by November 15 to ensure I-20 issuance. All files completed after November 15 can be deferred to the next semester.

  • Fall 2018:

    The Graduate Admission Office & International Center will begin issuing Fall 2018 I-20s on March 12, 2018, we will stop issuing Fall 2018 I-20s after July 13, 2018. All applications for the Fall must be completed by June 20 to ensure I-20 issuance. All files completed after June 20 can be deferred to the next semester.


International Center

The International Center has been established to assist all international students, exchange visitors, dependents, faculty, and guests of the University of Hartford community. For information on I-20s and other important immigration forms, visit their International Center's webpage.

International Center Information

Location:    Gengras Student Union, room 327
Hours:
         8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Phone:        860.768.4870 (dial 011 first if calling internationally)

International Student Orientation

Accepted and Deposited International Students are required to attend International Student Orientation. Visit the Orientation website for more information.