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I am an international applicant. What should I know about sending my transcripts and diplomas?

I am an international applicant. What should I know about sending my transcripts and diplomas?

  • Any records you send from your educational institution(s) must show all the courses you have taken and the grades/marks you have received. International applicants must send transcripts and diplomas in one combined PDF (English/native languages together).
  • The grading scale of your institution and your rank should be included. If there are descriptions of the coursework (content, etc.), they should be included.
  • Degrees can be verified only through official copies of diplomas, or by a notation of conferral on your academic record(s).
  • To be deemed ‘official’, academic records must be either original or verified copies that bear the institutional seal and official signature of your institution. It is a copy of this that you must upload to the application.
  • If your institution does not issue records in English, official English translations must be provided/uploaded, and the original language records must be submitted/uploaded, as well. Only translations issued by the institution or a professional translating service will be accepted. Translations must be literal.
  • If the authenticity of your academic documents is in question or they are indiscernible, you may be required to obtain an evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service. In this case, you would be contacted by the Graduate School.

Contact Information

The Graduate School, University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-3644
gradschool@umd.edu