The University of Miami encourages international students to apply as both first-year and transfer students.

First-year applicants must complete a rigorous college preparatory program that includes at minimum three or four years of coursework. Refer to our First-Year Admission Requirements for additional details. Transfer applicants should refer to the Transfer Admission Requirements for additional details.

Academic success at the University of Miami is strongly dependent upon the ability to communicate in English. To ensure that international students are prepared for the rigorous curriculum they will experience at the University of Miami, non-native English speakers are required to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Duolingo English Test (DET). TOEFL, IELTS, and DET exams are valid for two years from the date of the exam. If a student's exam scores are more than two years old, the student will need to take a new exam to be considered for admission. Non-native English speakers may have this requirement waived if they can demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways: Obtain a score of 650 or higher on the redesigned SAT evidence-based reading and writing section (administered beginning in 2016); Obtain a score of 27 or higher on the ACT English section; Obtain a grade of A or B in an Advanced Placement (AP) or Higher level (HL) International Baccalaureate (IB) English course; Graduate from or attend at least three years at a high school in the United States; Successfully complete Level 5 of the University’s Intensive English Program (IEP); IB English A1 Standard level (SL) or HL examination with a predicted score of 4 or higher; IB English B HL examination with a predicted score of 5 or higher; Grade of C or better on the IGCSE/GCE “O” or “A” Level in English language; Graduate from or attend a high school outside the United States, including the final three years, in which the medium of instruction is English; or, earn 30 or more postsecondary credits (including 6 credits in English Composition with a grade of B or higher) at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States.

For non-native English speakers submitting the TOEFL, IELTS, or DET, competitive applicants generally score above the following: 550 on the paper-based TOEFL; 80 on the online TOEFL; 6.5 on the IELTS; or, 125 on the DET.


Non-native English speakers who submit the TOEFL, IELTS, and/or DET, and do not have competitive scores may be granted admission to the University of Miami to the future entry term stated on their admission letter. The student's admission is contingent on taking the University's Intensive English Program placement exam, enrolling full-time in the Intensive English Program and completing Level 5 with a grade of 70 percent or higher or passing the paper-based TOEFL offered at the University with a score of 550 or higher. Failure to complete these requirements by the future entry term stated on the student's admission letter will result in revocation of the student's admission offer.