Do you offer conditional admission?
At this point we do not offer conditional admission. Some departments do not require you to provide TOEFL or IELTS results as part of the application process, but if you are offered admission you need to have achieved the necessary level of English proficiency (as measured by those tests) before we would be able to finalize your admission. If you are offered admission but have not yet met the English proficiency requirement, you may continue to take the tests and submit results as your attempt to get the necessary score. If you’re not able to obtain such with sufficient time to finalize your admission before a term, you can request an admission deferral from your department while you practice your English and re-take the test.
If you are offered admission before demonstrating your English proficiency, you are not automatically enrolled in a language program for such. We do have an excellent International English Center at CU, and they could help you study to achieve the necessary score. However they are their own program, with their own admission criteria, tuition, and schedule, and they issue their own I-20s (for English study). If you are interested in studying English at the IEC, you should contact them directly: http://www.colorado.edu/iec/.
Please note that we do not accept completion of an English language program as “proof of English proficiency.” Only scores from a TOEFL or IELTS test (when allowed by the department) will satisfy this requirement.
I am a first name user; my family name does not appear on my passport. OR I am a family name user; no ‘first’ name appears on my passport. How should I indicate this on the application?
In both cases, you should enter a period “.” for your first/given name, and the entirety of your name into the “family/last” name field. We follow the SEVIS Name Standards in doing so. If you registered for a test (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) under a different variation of your name, please provide us with your registration information by email to email@example.com.”
What is a transcript?
A transcript is a year-by-year academic record which should include ALL post-secondary academic work completed to date, including courses appearing as transfer credit on other transcripts, credits earned in study abroad programs, and courses taken for college credit while in high school.
What is the difference between an official and an unofficial transcript?
- Official transcripts are those that bear the facsimile signature of the registrar and seal of the issuing institution. Submission of official transcripts is only required if you are admitted.
- Unofficial transcripts include the same information as official transcripts, but are lacking the signature and seal of the institution. An unofficial transcript may be a transcript that was opened by the student; a copy or a scan of an official transcript; a downloaded copy or one that was not issued directly from the school; or a translation of the transcript by a student or a translation service.
Do I need to provide an unofficial transcript from every post-secondary institution I have attended?
We require one copy of the scanned unofficial transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution you attended to be uploaded in the application for admission. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed. Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Where can I find instructions on how to upload my transcripts?
Instructions can be accessed in the application on the Upload Documents page, as well as in the Instructions for Uploading Unofficial Transcripts to Your Application.
Do I need a translation of my transcript?
If documents are written in a language other than English, complete and official English translations must be uploaded together WITH the original language records. Each transcript (mark sheet) should contain a complete record of studies at the institution from which it is issued (i.e., the subjects taken and grades/marks earned in each subject), as well as any legend. We will not accept grade reports.
Please do NOT upload your institution syllabi with your transcript(s) or mark sheet(s).
For the following countries, only the English language transcript is required:
Bangladesh, British Commonwealth countries, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Jordan University of Science & Technology, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey (for any university if the student’s major is taught in English), United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
For all other countries, all records should be submitted in the native language with original stamps. All credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a literal certified English translation. Some examples are:
- China- Every page of each document must bear an original stamp or seal of the institution. Students must submit transcripts and diplomas in both the native language and English and must submit separate diplomas showing every degree awarded.
- India- Every page of each document must bear an original stamp or seal of the institution showing that it is attested by the registrar or appropriate school official. Students must submit individual mark sheets for each semester or year, and must submit separate diplomas showing every degree awarded.
- Spain and all Latin American countries- must submit transcripts and diplomas in both the native language and English and, as appropriate, must submit the official Titulo or Grado/Grau diploma for every degree awarded.
If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts before you will be allowed to enroll. Official transcripts are those that bear the facsimile signature of the registrar and seal of the issuing institution. The official transcript will be compared to the document you upload. Any alterations or omission of information on the unofficial transcripts submitted to the University of Colorado Boulder could be grounds for cancellation of your application and/or the withdrawal of the offer of admission.
Do I need to submit my diploma showing the award of my degree?
If you have completed a degree program and you have received a diploma, you must submit the diploma. Where English is not the native language, you must submit the diplomas in both English and the native language. If you submit only the English language diploma, it will result in processing delays. Submitting the separate diploma is especially important if you have completed your degree in China or India. The Provisional Degree Certificate from an Indian University is also acceptable in lieu of a final diploma.
What kind of translation should I get, and where can I get it?
You will need to get a literal, certified (or official) English translation. It should not be interpretive, nor should it try to convert the original grades into US-style grades. A certified (or official) translation will be different depending on what is considered an official translation in your country. In some countries, official translations are only issued by the school. In other countries, official government translators issue official translations. Some countries do not offer translations through a government network, and the student must find a private translation service to issue the translation. We also suggest that you to visit or consult EducationUSA: http://www.educationusa.info/students.php to see if this organization in your country offers translations, or can refer you to a service.
My school will only issue one official transcript. If I have it translated it will be opened and therefore not official. What do I do?
If you are admitted and decide to attend CU Boulder, you must present the original official transcript immediately upon your arrival to Boulder.
Will you accept a notary public translation?
We do not accept documents from a notary public as official, either the translation or a copy of the transcripts in the native language. They may be used for the unofficial copy.
What is the “Foreign Transcript Evaluation” item on my checklist? What do I need to do to complete it?
This checklist item prompts us to do an evaluation of your non-US academic work, after your transcripts have been received. It is entirely an internal item—you do not need to do anything to complete it. You do not need to ask a third party credential evaluator to review your transcripts—again, we conduct our own internal evaluation of your non-US work. Whether or not this item is completed, the department to which you’ve applied has access to all of your materials at all times, so this item does not slow down the department’s review of your application.
How do you evaluate my transcript? Should I convert my GPA for you?
We have trained and experienced professional staff in our office who evaluate your records, including converting your GPA as required. There’s no need to try to do this yourself.
Does my GPA qualify me to be considered for a TA or RA?
These offers are made by the departments based on their internal process and needs, and so we would have no way of knowing whether you would be awarded one. If you have questions about whether your academic history will qualify you for a RA or TA you should review the department’s website, where they will most often have information about what it takes to be considered for such.
What kind of transfer credits will you accept from my non US school?
You can view the form and requirements at http://www.colorado.edu/GraduateSchool/academics/_docs/transfercredit.pd... This process begins in the department to which you are admitted. Credit may not be transferred until you have completed, at the CU Boulder Graduate School, at least six credits of graduate level coursework as a degree-seeking student on the CU Boulder campus with a 3.0 GPA. Transferred credits do not reduce the residence requirement but may reduce the amount of work to be done in formal courses.
I need a formal admission letter but all I’ve received is an email. How can I get an admission letter?
Email is an official communication method of the university, so the email you received is indeed your formal admission offer. Another printed (on letterhead), formal admission offer will accompany your I-20. Please contact us at email@example.com if you need a different document.
Other schools are requiring me to have my credentials evaluated by a third party. If that third party sends you their evaluation and my transcripts, would that count as official or unofficial?
It count as unofficial, and we would be willing to use those documents for the application process. If you are admitted we will then ask you to provide the official transcripts, either by having them sent to us directly from your school, or by bringing them into our office in a school sealed envelope when you arrive.
Are international students required to take the GRE exams?
If the department to which you are applying requires applicants to provide a GRE score, then you will need to take the test and provide us with the official score. International applicants are not exempt from this requirement. You can find information about registering to take the GRE outside the US here: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/centers_dates/.
If the department does not offer me funding can I apply for financial aid?
Financial aid is defined in part as US government assistance for US citizens and permanent residents. If you are not one of these you would not qualify for such. You may try to secure an education loan in your home country, but you would be responsible for doing so, and for repaying it appropriately.
Do you have housing for international graduate students?
There is some housing available to graduate students, depending on their situation, but it is not guaranteed. It is very possible that you will need to seek out off campus housing on your own. You can find information about campus housing options for graduate students here: http://housing.colorado.edu/residences/graduate-family . If it becomes necessary to find off campus housing the university does have a web site that can help you with this endeavor: http://ocss.colorado.edu/ .
I received a letter from my department offering me admission, but I haven’t received any correspondence from the Office of Admissions. When should I get this?
While we do our best to process all admissions as soon as we receive them, there might be a delay between an email from the department offering you admission and a formal admission email from our office. We do need to check to make sure you satisfy the necessary immigration regulations, and our volume might be such that we cannot immediately process your admission. Please be patient with us, but if more than three weeks have passed from when you receive an admission offer from your department feel free to inquire about such by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Does CU Boulder accept graduate international applications and materials from third-party organizations or individuals?
CU Boulder does not accept applications or materials from third party organizations or individuals. Students must submit applications for Graduate School Programs directly to the Office of Admissions using the online application. Academic documents must be submitted via approved official sources. There are a few exceptions to this, which include (but may not be limited to) IIE, Fulbright, and certain branches of overseas governments.