International Students

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International Students

First year IMFA students attend the UM homecoming football game .

First year IMFA students attend the UM homecoming football game .

The University of Miami Interactive Media program has a strong and vibrant international student community and we encourage international students to apply. The application process and portfolio requirements are the same for domestic and international students.


Academic records must be sent directly to the University of Miami School of Communication Graduate Studies Office. Required academic records include:

Transcripts: Yearly or semesterly records from each college or university attended. These must be original documents and scanned copies will not be accepted.
Diplomas and/or academic certificates for all degrees you have received, with the title and date conferred.

IMPORTANT: If the language of instruction at your institution was not English, then you must provide:

Original-language copies of all transcripts and diplomas/academic certificates.

A separate, word-for-word, English-language translation of all academic records you submit to us. The translation should either come directly from the school itself or a professional, certified translator. Dual-language transcripts are acceptable.

Please mail transcripts to:

Graduate Studies Office
University of Miami School of Communication
5100 Brunson Drive, Suite 4002
Attention: Kesha Wimbley
Coral Gables, FL 33146



When you complete your application, be sure the information you provide—your name, date of birth, city and country of birth, and country of citizenship—is exactly the same as the information on your passport. The University of Miami can issue your I-20 or DS-2019 Certificate only if the information on your passport matches your University of Miami application information. Once you complete the application please mail a copy of your passport to the address above.

English Language Proficiency Exams

A TOEFL score report is required from all international students and who did not receive a four-year undergraduate education from an institution where English is the official language of instruction. TOEFL scores must be sent to us directly from the Educational Testing Services (ETS). Our ETS Institution code is #5815 and our department code is #83. We require a minimum score of 100 for consideration.

The above requirement may be waived for non-native English speakers provided the applicant fulfills one of the following criteria:

  • An applicant has earned an undergraduate degree in a country where the official language is English (this does not include degrees from just English-speaking institutions or just a country where English is spoken).
  • An applicant has studied in the United States at an undergraduate level for at least one year or the equivalent of 30 consecutive credits.
  • An applicant has lived and worked in an English-speaking country for the past two or more years.


The MFA in Interactive Media is considered a STEM program.

International Student Financial Statement

Any international student who requires a student visa must submit, upon admission to the M.F.A. program, a bank verification statement or an official letter of sponsorship from their government or agency (in English). The bank verification must include the student’s name and relationship to the sponsor, if other than the student, and confirm that there are sufficient funds to cover the amount listed on the expense sheet provided to the international student upon admission. The expense sheet covers all estimated educational expenses including; tuition, books, housing, meals, personal expenses, fees and medical insurance for a minimum of one year’s study.
If the student wishes to include their family, the following is additionally required: 1) In the bank verification or letter of sponsorship list each family member’s name, date of birth, country of citizenship and relationship, and 2) financial support of approximately $8,113 for a spouse and $2,000 for each child per year.
No Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will be issued unless the above documentation is on file. The bank verification or sponsorship letter must be dated no more than 6 months prior to enrollment. International students are encouraged to apply early to allow sufficient time to process the I-20 form. The I-20 form will be sent to the student upon receipt of a deposit confirming the student’s intent to enroll in the program.

Should you have any questions regarding transcripts and tuition please contact the Office of International Admission. The Office of International Admission can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (305) 284-2271.