International Students

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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. International applicants must provide the following:

Documents Required

The following educational documents are required for admission into a graduate program in the School of Communication:

a) Official original diplomas and certificates in the original language, and

b) Official original transcripts in the original language (names of courses, grades, and hours of instruction) for every year of study.

Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by professional, certified English translations.  Translations supplement, but do not replace, the official documents.

Where to Submit Documents

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

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

Upon admission to the M.F.A. program, any international student who requires a student visa must submit 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
  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. Download a sample bank letter

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.