Terp Young Scholars

How to Apply - International Students

How to Apply: International Students

Deadlines | F-1 Visa | Apply | Transcript | Health Form | Other Docs | English Proficiency | Financial Certification | Notification | Confirmation | U.S. Arrival

Deadlines

  • Application Opens: January 7
  • Early Admission Period: January 7 - February 17
  • Applicants who require an F-1 Visa: Application Deadline April 20
  • Applicants currently residing in the U.S. with a Visa permitting study: Application Deadline June 15
  • Applicants who are permanent residents: Closes June 15

Please Note: The Terp Scholars International Student Application for applicants requiring an F-1 visa has a 7-Step process.  Permanent residents or applicants residing in the U.S. with a Visa permitting study must complete Steps 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7.

Important Considerations

  • Eligibility-A Student Must:
    • Be at least 16 years of age by July 1, 2020;
    • Be attending high school; and
    • Have an unweighted academic average of 3.0 or better (on a U.S. scale).
  • F-1 Visa Requirements:
    • International applicants who do not reside in the U.S. with a Visa permitting study or are not Permanent Residents are required to obtain an F-1 visa.
    • Before applying for an F-1 visa, you must first obtain an I-20 from UMD. 
    • In order for UMD to issue the I-20, you must complete Steps 1 through 7. 
    • The University also provides a checklist to help. See Applying for a Student Visa (F-1).
  • Permanent residents or applicants residing in the U.S. with a Visa permitting study must complete Steps 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7.
  • A $75 application fee is required. The program does not waive the application fee.

Step 1: Submit Application

International Student Application

Step 2: Submit Transcript

Transcript

A transcript (report card) of applicant's secondary school academic record must include grades and cumulative GPA for all secondary schoolwork completed, including current coursework. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Applicants may submit transcripts directly to the application system. 

Step 3: Submit Health Form & Medical Insurance Information

Health Insurance Information Form

All students must have health insurance and required vaccinations to participate in Terp Scholars. As part of the Terp Young Scholars health insurance information form, all applicants are required to confirm that they have received the required age-appropriate immunizations and also provide copies of health insurance cards. Applicants do not need to submit medical records.

International applicants requiring an F-1 Visa must also submit evidence of the following:

  • Medical benefits of at least $50,000 for each accident or illness
  • Deductible is limited to $500 per accident or illness
  • Repatriation coverage of at least $7,500
  • Medical evacuation coverage of at least $10,000
  • Waiting period for pre-existing conditions must be reasonable

Immunization Requirement:

The following excerpt from the DHMH Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 10.06.04.03 applies to schools:

“A school, public or private, may not knowingly admit a student to or retain a student in a:

  • Preschool program or kindergarten through the 12th grade unless the student's parent or guardian has furnished evidence of age-appropriate immunity against: (a) Tetanus; (b) Diphtheria; (c) Poliomyelitis; (d) Measles (rubeola); (e) Mumps; (f) Rubella; (g) Hepatitis B; (h) Varicella; (i) Meningitis; and (j) Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis acquired through a Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.”

Step 4: Submit Copies of Other Documentation

International applicants requiring an F-1 visa must submit a copy of their passport, including picture and bio page (Name, DOB, County and Passport #). Passports cannot be expired and must be valid, at a minimum, for six months beyond the program start date.

International applicants currently residing in the U.S. with a visa permitting study must submit copies of their passport, US visa, I-94 card, and all pages of the I-20/DS-2019.

International applicants who are permanent residents must submit a copy of their permanent residency card.

Step 5: Evidence of English Proficiency

International applicants requiring an F-1 Visa must provide evidence of English Proficiency by submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores. 

This requirement is waived for permanent residents for those international applicants residing in the U.S. with a Visa permitting study.  This requirement is also waived for applicants whose first language is English or those attending an English-medium high school. Full list of countries waived from the TOEFL requirement.

Step 6: Financial Certification and Letter of Funding Support

International applicants who must obtain an F-1 student visa are required to provide evidence of liquid finances that demonstrate sufficient funds to cover program expenses, after submitting the online application.  This requirement is waived for permanent residents for those international applicants residing in the U.S. with a Visa permitting study.  Program expenses include tuition and fees, books and supplies, and all living expenses (room and board) necessary for participation.  Travel costs to the U.S. should not be included.

  • Submit a current official bank statement from a parent or guardian after completing the online application.  The official bank statement should clearly indicate the name(s) of the account holder(s) and the actual amount of money in the account(s).
  • If the name of the account holder is different from the name of the student applying for Terp Scholars, then a letter of funding support must be attached.
  • Submit a letter of Funding Support attached to Financial Certification.
    • Example: I, (name of account holder) am able, willing and do promise to provide my (relation to account holder) (name of student) with the minimum amount of the tuition and fees and living expenses during the period (name of student) is enrolled in the Terp Young Scholars program. Evidence of my financial responsibilities can be found in the financial certification attached. (Signature of account holder).

Notification

Admission decisions for complete applications received during the Early Admission Period (January 7- February 17) will receive admission decisions the week of March 2.

All applications received after the Early Admission Period are reviewed on a rolling basis. Accepted Terp Scholars are notified via email approximately 10 business days after their application is complete. An application is complete when Steps 1 through 6 have been received. Applications are reviewed and admission made on a first-come, first-served basis. Reminder notices regarding missing items are sent to the email provided on the application form. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are sent and received. Check your spam folder. To inquire about the status of your application, email tys@umd.edu.

Step 7: I-20 and Confirmation of Admission Process

International applicants requiring an F-1 Visa must submit Confirmation of Admission by the posted deadlines to obtain the I-20. The University sends this documentation via priority mail to the address provided on the application.

Permanent residents and for those international applicants residing in the U.S. with a Visa permitting study must submit Confirmation of Admission by the posted deadlines or the offer of admission will be rescinded. 

U.S. Arrival: International Students with F-1 Visa

The University is required to verify that students with F-1 Visas have the necessary documents to participate in Terp Scholars.  Within one day of arrival to campus, F-1 students must submit copies of the following to the Terp Young Scholars’ office: tys@umd.edu.

  • A copy of Your passport
  • A copy of Your I-94 stamped F-1 D/S – Duration of Status
  • A copy of Your Original Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)

Find Out More