International Students

A stock photo of fishing boats in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal. A stock photo of fishing boats in Ngor, Dakar, Senegal.

International Students

Students are encouraged to visit the International Student and Scholar Services website. For additional information please visit both the International Students webpage and the International Applicants for the College of Arts and Sciences webpage on the Graduate School website.

Admissions Requirements

  • Grade Point Average (GPA)

    An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required.

  • Online Application Form

    All students are required to complete the online application form. There will be an $85.00 application fee.

  • Personal Statement

    All students are required to submit a personal statement. This is an opportunity to emphasize your interest and describe your reasons for pursuing this degree. This statement should be submitted in English.

  • Passport

    You will be asked to provide a copy of your passport.

  • Official Transcripts

    All students are required to submit their official transcripts from all of the universities (or colleges) they have attended are required. Transcripts should be submitted in their original language with a certified English translation.

  • Diplomas or Certificates

    International students are required to submit a copy of all the diplomas or certificates earned. Each copy must be submitted in their original language with a certified English translation.

  • Official TOEFL (or IELTS) Score

    All international students are required to take this exam in order to demonstrate sufficient English competency. The "Test Of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL)" exam is offered as a paper-based test (PBT) or an internet-based test (IBT). A score of 550 is required for the PBT; a score of 80 is required for the IBT. 

    Students may also take the "International English Language Tesing System (IELTS)" exam to demonstrate sufficient competency in English. A score of 6.5 or higher is required. 

    All international students must provide a copy of their results on either exam. 

    International students from countries whose primary language is English are not required to take this exam.

  • Bank Statement

    You will be required to provide a copy of your bank statement for the last six months. You may also provide a sponsorship letter indicating your method of funding.

  • Official GRE Score

    A score of at least 950 is required for exams taken prior to August 1, 2011. A score of at least 294 is required for exams taken after this date.

Document Submission

All documents being sent via a special courier service (UPS, FedEx, etc.) should be sent to the following address:

University of Miami
Department of Geography and Regional Studies
1300 Campo Sano Avenue
Suite #110
Coral Gables, FL 33146-4420