Our students come from throughout the United States and countries all around the world. In the past several years, we have had international students come to study at SMTD from the following places:
Preparing to Apply
The process of applying to school in the United States can take up to one year, so it is important to start your research and planning early. To apply for admission, gather your documents, complete required testing (such as ACT/SAT, TOEFL, or GRE), have your test scores reported, and submit your full application by the application deadline. Auditions and interviews typically take place during January and February, and admissions decisions are sent to recipients by late March.
All supplementary application documents (transcripts, letters of recommendation) must be in the original language and be certified, as appropriate, by an American embassy or consular official, an American notary public, a school administrator, or a national government official. An officially certified English translation must be attached to documents not issued originally in English.
If you plan to audition/interview live in Ann Arbor, do not schedule your travel arrangements until you have received an official confirmation of your audition date from the SMTD Office of Admissions.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
All international applicants whose native language is not English must submit a current score (no more than two years old) from one of the following examinations of English proficiency:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The score must be submitted with the application and admission materials. The minimum qualifying scores are:
- IELTS: 6 for masters degree applicants, and 7 for doctoral applicants
- TOEFL (iBT): 88 for undergraduate and masters degree applicants, 100 for doctoral applicants
- TOEFL (cBT): 230 for undergraduate and masters degree applicants, 250 for doctoral applicants
- TOEFL (pBT): 570 for undergraduate and masters degree applicants, 600 for doctoral applicants
- MELAB: 80 for undergraduate applicants, 82 for masters degree applicants, and 84 for doctoral applicants
The doctoral minimums are higher than those required by the Rackham Graduate School, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance has a stricter requirement than Rackham’s for a waiver of this requirement.
Take your test as soon as possible and have results reported directly by the testing agency to the University of Michigan (the code for U-M is 1839). An invitation to audition or offer of admission will be not be made until you have submitted English proficiency scores.
International Masters, Specialist, and Doctoral applicants may qualify for an IELTS, TOEFL, or MELAB waiver if they meet one of the following criteria:
- Native English speaker
- Earned a bachelor’s degree from an institution where the exclusive language of instruction is English, in a country where the official language is English (for example, the US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom); an official transcript must be provided by December 1
- A current SMTD undergraduate student applying for a masters degree
International students are eligible for a School of Music, Theatre & Dance merit-based scholarships if the application is submitted by December 1 and the audition is completed on or before March 1. These scholarships are merit-based and can range in amount from $2,000 to full tuition. We strongly encourage scholarship candidates to audition/interview live in Ann Arbor whenever possible.
The University of Michigan Office of Financial Aid is only able to assist U.S citizens and permanent residents.
I can’t take the TOEFL before the application deadline. Should I still send in my application?
Yes, however, we will not be able to invite you to an interview/audition until we have received an official TOEFL, iELTS, or MELAB score report. Please submit your application by the deadline and be sure to tell us the date you plan to take the exam on your application.
How do I get a travel visa in order to audition live in the US?
Once we have received your complete application, we will send you an email message letting you know whether you have been approved to audition. Please take this to the American consulate or embassy in your home country to request a travel visa. Unfortunately, we cannot provide financial assistance to cover the expense of obtaining a travel visa. Please note that it is important to submit your application early to allow plenty of time to obtain the visa.
Do I need to submit a Financial Resources Statement (FRS)?
The Financial Resources Statement is only required of international students who are accepted to the School of Music, Theatre & Dance and plan to enroll. Our office will contact you approximately three months prior to your planned arrival date to request the FRS and will provide you with any assistance necessary. International Students who are currently attending another institution in the United States must also complete a Transfer-In Form if they plan to enroll at the University of Michigan.
Where can I find more resources and support for international students at the University of Michigan?
The International Center is an important resource for any international student, faculty or staff person at the University of Michigan. Please contact them directly for more information.