international students

Pursue a Higher Degree at UM-Flint

The University of Michigan-Flint welcomes applications from prospective international students who have earned a bachelor’s degree.

Programs which are completed in person, on campus, are open to students seeking an F-1 visa. Programs that are completed 100% online are not eligible for a student visa. Stand-alone graduate certificates also are not eligible for a student visa.

Additional information can also be found on the Center for Global Engagement

Requirements of all international applicants

In addition to materials required of all students, international students must provide additional documentation at the time of application:

  • For any degree completed at a non-US institution, transcripts must be submitted for an internal credential review. Read the following for instructions on how to submit your transcripts for review.
  • Certificate of graduation or diploma indicating conferral of the bachelor’s degree and the date it was conferred. (If you attended a college or university that includes degree information on the transcript or marksheet, a certificate or diploma is not necessary.)
  • If English is not your native language, and you are not from an exempt country, you must demonstrate English proficiency.
  • International Students must be able to submit an affidavit and proof of financial support indicating the ability to financially educational expenses for one year. Learn more about the costs for attendance at

Requirements for applicants seeking an F-1 visa

Requirements for international applicants pursuing an online graduate degree in their home country

Students pursuing online degrees should note that some countries may not formally recognize foreign online degrees, which can have implications for students who later seek to enroll in other educational programs, or for those who seek employment with their home country’s government or other employers requiring specific credentials. Additionally, some countries may or may not require foreign higher education institutions to comply with distance education regulations. UM-Flint does not represent or guarantee that its online degree programs are recognized in or meet requirements to comply with distance education regulations in the student’s country of residence if it is outside the United States. It is therefore the student’s responsibility to understand current circumstances or special requirements surrounding whether this online degree will be recognized in the student’s country of residence, how the collection of student data may be used in said country, and whether the student will be subject to additional withholding taxes in addition to the price of tuition.

Refer to this page for additional information.

IMPORTANT: Applicants who are currently in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status or have a nonimmigrant visa status will need to apply using the International (Non-U.S. Citizen) New Graduate application. Select “Non-Citizen – Other or No Visa” for your citizenship status. List your citizenship and specify “Other Visa Type” or indicate your visa type for questions relating to visa status.

Global Graduate Merit Scholarship

The Global Graduate Merit Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship available to international graduate students who meet the selection criteria listed below. It is a competitive scholarship awarded to students admitted for the fall semester who have achieved a high level of academic success. The Office of Graduate Programs will automatically consider entering international graduate-level students seeking an “F” visa; no additional application is required. Recipients must view themselves as cultural ambassadors and are encouraged to participate periodically in  UM-Flint activities where they engage in cultural sharing or community service activities. 


  • Scholarship applicants must be newly admitted international “F” visa-seeking students  at UM-Flint
  • To be considered, applicants must be admitted by June 1 for the following fall semester
  • Minimum recalculated incoming GPA of 3.25 (4.0 scale) 
  • Students must be degree-seeking UM-Flint 
  • Total scholarship value is $10,000 
  • Scholarship can be awarded up to two years (fall and winter terms only), or until  graduation requirements are met, whichever occurs first 
  • Renewable with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 UM-Flint
  • Students must maintain full-time status (at least eight credits)* during the fall and  winter semesters of the award year(s)  
  • The total number of scholarships awarded will be dependent upon the funds available
  • Scholarships will be applied directly to the student’s tuition account 
  • International Students are expected to maintain lawful immigration status according to  the guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • If you withdraw or leave UM-Flint for any reason, your scholarship will automatically  terminate
  • If you plan to leave for a study abroad program or for health reasons, you may  write an appeal to have your scholarship postponed for up to one term 


  • Students, who are on an agency or government scholarship, where full tuition and fees  are covered, are not eligible for this award 
  • Non-immigrants eligible for need-based financial aid are not eligible for this award

*Students who meet the following admission conditions must still enroll in at least eight credits as well:  

  1. Enrolled in a Rackham Program (MPA, Liberal Studies, Arts Administration)  
  2. Receive a Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) 

The University of Michigan-Flint reserves the right to reduce and will restrict the awarding of university-funded scholarships and grants if a recipient is in receipt of scholarships and/or grants that cover tuition and fees (in full or part) regardless of the means by which the student is awarded.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions offers answers to common questions asked by international students.