International Graduate Students

University of Mary Washington Professional Studies Building 2
University of Mary Washington Professional Studies Building 2


If you are interested in applying to a graduate program at UMW, please apply directly through the Graduate Admissions Office.  International graduate applicants who are are admitted and have paid the enrollment deposit should:

NOTICE: I-20s will not be issued for the UMW MBA program effective October 2022

Deadlines for submitting the forms are:

  • Request for Form I-20
    • June 15 for students beginning in the fall semester
    • October 15 for students beginning in the spring semester
  • SEVIS Transfer I-20 Request Form
    • July 1 for students beginning in the fall semester
    • December 1 for students beginning the spring semester


International graduate students must be able to demonstrate that they can cover the International Graduate Student Estimated Cost of Attendance for 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).

International Student Orientation

International students in F or J visa status, including graduate students, are required to attend International Student Orientation, which is held at the beginning of each semester. 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.


International graduate students are required to enroll in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester at the graduate level in order to maintain their F-1 visa status.


Most graduate students live off campus and take classes at the Stafford Campus, which is located several miles away from the Fredericksburg Campus.  International graduate students are eligible to apply for on-campus housing, but all on-campus housing is located on the Fredericksburg Campus.  Unless you have your own vehicle, this will make getting to and from the Stafford Campus difficult, as there is no convenient public transportation between the two campuses.