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Special Information for International Applicants

Our International Student Body

Tips

English Language Proficiency

Scholarships

Visas

Other Resources for International Students

Our International Student Body

Our students come from throughout the United States and countries all around the world. During the 2014-15 school year, approximately 7.8% of our student body are international students. These 85 individuals represent the following countries and territories:

 

  • Argentina
  • Austrailia
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Phillippines
  • Russian Fed.
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Venezuela

 

 

Tips

The process of applying to graduate 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 (TOEFL, GRE, and/or GMAT if applicable), have your test scores reported, and submit your full application by the application deadline. Auditions and interviews typically take place during the winter, and admissions decisions are sent to recipients in late March or early April, if not earlier.

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. We cannot guarantee you an audition time without this confirmation.

English Language Proficiency

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:

  1. the International English Language Testing System (IELTS),
  2. the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or
  3. the Michigan English Language Battery (MELAB). 

The score must be submitted with the application and admission materials. The minimum qualifying scores, required to schedule an audition at the SMTD, are:

  1. IELTS: 6 for master's degree applicants, and 7 for doctoral applicants
  2. TOEFL (iBT): 88 for master's degree applicants, and 100 for doctoral applicants)
  3. MELAB: 82 for master's degree applicants, and 84 for doctoral applicants

These 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.


table of suggested miminum proficiency scores

Master's, Specialist, and Doctoral applicants qualify for an IELTS, TOEFL, and MELAB waiver if they meet ONE of the following criteria:

  1. native English speaker
  2. an earned bachelor's degree from institutions where the exclusive language of instruction is English, in a country where the official language is English (e.g., USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom); an official transcript must be provided by December 1
  3. a current U-M SMTD undergraduate student applying for a master's degree

Take your test as soon as possible and have results reported directly by the testing agency to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance (the code for the University of Michigan is 1839). An invitation to audition or offer of admission will be not be made until you have submitted English proficiency scores.



TOEFL
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
E-mail: toefl@ets.org

MELAB
Cambridge Michigan Language (CaMLA)
535 West William St., Suite 310
Ann Arbor, Michigan
48103-4978 USA
Tel: 1.866.696.3522
FAX: 1.734.763.3522
email: info@cambridgemichigan.org

 

Scholarships

International students are eligible for a School of Music, Theatre & Dance scholarship 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. 

 

Visas

If you are not a U.S. citizen and will need an F-1 visa, the U-M is required by U.S. government regulations to obtain documentation that proves you have adequate financial resources to pay your expenses for the duration of your program. Typically, the period of study for a Master’s or Specialist degree is two years. 

The SMTD will prepare the immigration documents separately from the offer of admission. If you are admitted, you will be required to submit a Financial Resource Statement and a Financial Affidavit. It will be sent or emailed to you if you decide to accept an offer of admission. You will need to submit certified documents of financial support in English. All of the required documents are listed on the Financial Resource Statement. It will be prepared using the U.S. Government SEVIS system. This will take place in the summer before the first semester begins.

If you are currently attending another institution in the United States and plan to enroll at the University of Michigan, you must also complete an International Student Transfer-in Form.

 

Other Resources for International Students

The International Center

U.S. State Department

  

 

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