Information for International Graduate Students

Application

If you are interested in applying to a graduate program at UMW, please click here and follow the application procedure for Graduate Degree Programs. The Center for International Education (CIE) does not process applications for international graduate students. Once a graduate student is admitted to UMW, the International Students and Scholars Office at the Center for International Education will request the necessary documents to issue the student an I-20. The Center or International Education (CIE) is located on the 4th floor of Lee Hall on the Fredericksburg campus.

International Student Orientation

All international students, including graduate students, are required to attend International Student Orientation, which is held at the beginning of each semester. Orientation dates and times can be found on the student’s welcome letter. The orientation is designed to ease the transition to studying and living in the United States and provides an opportunity to review immigration, academic, financial, and personal matters. The orientation also includes a tour of Fredericksburg and a shopping trip to pick up additional items that students may need while studying at UMW.

Academics

All international graduate students are required to enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours at the graduate level in order to maintain their visa status.

Housing

There is no residential housing available through UMW at the Stafford Campus or the Fredericksburg Campus for graduate students. Because of the limited housing options at the Stafford Campus, it is necessary that graduate students have access to a vehicle for transport, as public transportation is very limited.

Finances

All students must be able to demonstrate that they can cover both academic and living expenses while in the United States for one full year (e.g., tuition fees, personal expenses, and living expenses (such as rent, meals, and transportation).