Frequently Asked Questions
The following are frequently asked questions about International Graduate Student admission.
- What is the policy on international students who have earned a 3-year bachelor's degree?
An applicant who holds a degree that is not the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree may be granted conditional admission to a degree program on the recommendation of the program director of the graduate program concerned and the concurrence of the Dean of Graduate Programs. Such an admission decision will be based on a careful evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications, acceptable evidence of the institution’s competence in the student’s principal areas of preparation, and other relevant factors. If granted conditional admission, the student will be required to complete a number of additional hours of graduate or upper-level undergraduate qualifying course work.
- Who is considered an international graduate student?
An international graduate student is a student who wants to come to UM-Flint for graduate study and a) will need a student (F-1) visa to enter the United States OR b) is currently living in the United States on a visa (any type except B-1 or B-2).
Students who are from another country but are considered Permanent Residents of the U.S. [by having a permanent resident or resident alien (“green”) card] and students who are refugees or seeking asylum are not classified as international students.
- For how many courses must an international graduate student register?
Students on an F-1 visa must attend full time in the first semester/term of the program. From then on, they must attend full time in fall and winter.
The minimum number of credit hours for international graduate students on an F-1 visa is 6 hours per semester, with the exception of programs offered through the Rackham School of Graduate Studies (currently the MLS, MPA, and Arts Administration programs). International students on an F-1 visa in a Rackham program must be enrolled for a minimum of 8 credit hours. Some programs require students to take more than the minimum number of hours. Before an international student applies, they should check with their intended program of study to determine if they will be able to attend full time during their first term.
International students on other types of visas do not have to meet the full-time requirement for students on an F-1 visa.
- Can an international student begin in any semester?
It depends on the program. Some programs only admit students for certain terms. Other programs do not offer enough courses in certain terms (e.g., spring and/or summer) for an international student to attend full time (which is required). It is up to the student to check with their intended program of study to determine when they can begin.
- What is the application deadline for international students?
International students on an F-1 visa must apply at least four months in advance of the first day of classes in the term for which they seek admission, which may be earlier than the deadline posted by the program. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term. International students should apply by the earlier deadline (program deadline or the international deadline). Please visit our application deadlines page for further information.
- What application materials are required of international students?
Visit our international admission requirements page for details.