The University of Akron welcomes international students interested in graduate student. We seek to make your educational experience pleasant and meaningful. Each year, nearly 1,000 international students and scholars from 90 countries pursue studies and research at The University of Akron.
International students may apply to begin their graduate studies for the fall, spring or summer sessions. Students should submit their applications at least six months in advance of the date they wish to begin studying. Graduate students applying for assistantships should submit applications nine months before the term begins for best consideration.
To apply, access the&spnb;online graduate application through the Graduate School Web site. A nonrefundable application fee of $60 must also be submitted. The fee for international reapplications is $40. Application fees will not be waived or deferred. Applications that do not accompany the application fee will not be processed. Application materials should be submitted directly to:
The University of Akron
Polsky Building, Room 469
Akron, OH 44325-2101 U.S.A.
The Graduate School processes applications for international students as they are received. We recommend that students apply at least six (6) months in advance of the intended date of enrollment. The Graduate School will process applications received after the six-month deadline. However, we cannot guarantee admission consideration for the intended date of enrollment.
Note: Each academic department has internal deadlines which need to be followed. Thus, we also recommend that students contact the academic department regarding such deadlines.
See also: The Graduate School Web site
Applicants should refer to departmental requirements to see if an entrance examination (GRE, MAT, GMAT, etc.) is required. If so, scores should be sent directly to the academic department.
GRE departmental and institutional codes may be accessed here.
Note: If the department code is not provided for the GRE, please use "0000."
International applicants, U.S. citizens and permanent residents whose native language is not English must submit evidence that they have a sufficient level of English to undertake graduate studies at The University of Akron.
After submitting acceptable academic credentials and proof of English proficiency, applicants who are fully admitted may enroll in graduate course work and be eligible for University of Akron-funded assistantships, fellowships or scholarships.
Prospective teaching assistants must also achieve a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE), or a passing score on the University of Akron Developed English Proficiency Test (the U-ADEPT), or a 23 or greater on the speaking component of the internet-based TOEFL. Seehttp://www.ets.org/tse/ for information about the TSE. Visithttp://www3.uakron.edu/eli/UADEPT/uadept.index.html for details about UADEPT.
Applicants to graduate programs can demonstrate their English proficiency in one of the following ways:
Applicants must submit an original official document from the undergraduate or graduate institution certifying that all of the administrative functions and instruction are conducted in English. The document must be signed by an officer of the institution and carry an official seal. The Associate Dean of the Graduate School at The University of Akron will review the submitted documentation and inform the applicant if he or she has satisfied the English requirement. The decision will be final.
For those wishing to pursue a teaching assistantship
Applicants whose native language is not English and who expect to become teaching assistants are also required to achieve a minimum score of 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE, Revised 1995), a minimum score of "Pass" on the U-ADEPT or a 23 or greater on the speaking component of the internet-based TOEFL.
This exam must be taken prior to functioning as a teaching assistant.
Those for whom English is the native language and who expect to become a teaching assistant must demonstrate proficiency in English through departmental certification.
Neither English proficiency testing nor departmental certification is required for research or administrative assistants.
Transfer credit from foreign institutions is awarded at the discretion of the academic department with the final approval from the Graduate School.
Transfer course work is accepted only from institutions that are recognized by the institution's governing academic body (i.e. Ministry of Education).
The student must have earned a minimum of a "B" (or its equivalent) to be eligible for transfer credit.
Original transcripts/diplomas or certified true copies from all universities, professional schools and/or colleges previously attended (or currently attending) must be submitted to The University of Akron's Graduate School. If the institution is not English-speaking, the transcripts must also accompany an exact certified English translation. Certified true copies must bear the original stamp and signature of the appropirate school official.
Official transcripts from all U.S. universities/colleges attended (or currently attending) must be submitted to The University of Akron's Graduate School. As in the case of international transcripts, certified copies will not be accepted.
Applicants must submit supporting documentation for all prior degrees awarded and/or expected to earn before attending The University of Akron. The same standards of authenticity as those used for transcripts apply.
In most instances, degrees awarded from U.S. institutions are reflected on the transcript. However, if your transcript reflects final grades, yet does not provide proof of the degree earned, please provide a copy of your diploma or a letter of completion from the registrar's office.