International Students

International students

    The UNH Graduate School welcomes your interest in our many outstanding master’s and doctoral degree programs. The international community at UNH is a close-knit and significant, vibrant part of campus life. Many international alumni of the University are making meaningful contributions in science, technology and social science. We look forward to helping you reach all of your academic goals.

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    International Applicants


    UNH welcomes and encourages applications from prospective international students. The University thrives in large part due to its outstanding international graduate student population.

    The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

    Please note that an approval of your preapplication indicates clearance to proceed with the full application to your program of study; it is not a guarantee of admission.

    If you have any questions on the preapplication process, please contact us at the UNH Graduate School.

    Full Application

    International applications most commonly apply for the Fall semester but if you're interested in applying for the spring or summer, check with your potential academic department to see if that's an option. To give yourself plenty of time to apply and submit all required documents, be sure to review your program deadlines for submitting. No decision can be made about your application until it is complete and has been received by the Graduate School.

    International applicants must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or its equivalent as a precondition for applying to any of our graduate programs. In some cases, you may also need a master’s degree or its equivalent. For complete details on requirements, view our programs of study page.

    International Students

    Admitted Students

    If you're admitted to the Graduate School, the Office of International Students and Scholars will provide you with the information and forms necessary to obtain your student visa. Do not send financial documents, statements or passport copies with your application materials.

    New Students

    New international students should visit the UNH Global website for International Students for information on new student orientations and other information of interest to international students. Please plan on arriving prior to the start of the semester in time to participate in International Student Orientation and, if on an assistantship or fellowship, in time to participate in the mandatory Graduate Assistant Orientation.

    New international students who are not able to arrive for either of these orientations due to issues with immigration, may arrive late with the prior approval of the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Graduate School. Under no circumstances may a new student arrive later than the last day to register for that term, usually the third Friday of classes.

    All Students

    All international students are responsible for following all Graduate School registration policies and requirements. In addition, all international students on F-1 and J-1 visas are required to register full-time each semester of the academic year until the completion of their programs. There are no registration requirements during the summer. Please see below for policies related to "special" registrations.

    • GRAD 800: Permissible only for Master’s students who have completed all requirements for the degree and will be engaged in full-time OPT (immigration regulations do not require enrollment in a full course of study in this case) and both employment and residence will be off-campus.
    • GRAD 900: Appropriate for Master’s students who have completed coursework, will be engaged in full-time OPT and will be employed on campus or living in UNH residential facilities.
    • Doctoral Research (GRAD 999): Required of all doctoral students at candidacy.
    • Fee Waivers: Students enrolled in Doctoral Research (GRAD 999) who have left the immediate geographic area while completing their doctoral research may petition for a waiver of the mandatory fees.


    Masters’ students in their final term who are not on assistantships may register for less than 9 credits, but no less than 5 credits with approval of the Office of International Students and Scholars, prior to the first day of classes of the student's final term. Students must file their Intent to Graduate with the Graduate School prior to or concurrent with their request to register for a reduced course load.

    Visas and Eligibility for Financial Assistance

    Students who have been offered an assistantship, but do not have an eligible visa status to allow them to begin their assistantship duties at the beginning of the semester, have until the last day to register without having their degree and assistantship status discontinued for that semester. The start date for the assistantship would then be the date allowed by the visa status and the student's stipend would be pro-rated. The appropriate tuition waiver associated with the assistantship would be valid and not prorated.

    Students who have not resolved their visa status by the last day to register without having their degree status discontinued are not eligible to hold an assistantship. Such students may be eligible for a non-status appointment during the semester in question once their visa status is resolved. In such cases, the stipend would be prorated. Programs could award scholarships to cover the tuition cost to such students. Under no circumstances should students who do not have a visa that make them eligible to work begin any assistantship-related duties.