An international applicant is anyone who will need to obtain a U.S. visa based on attendance at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy to maintain legal status.
All international applicants must be proficient in English.
All applicants are required to attend an accredited college or university in the U.S. for at least one semester (12 credits). The School recommends that international applicants become familiar with the rules and regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Additionally, the School recommends that international applicants start the admissions process at least one year before the application deadline.
There is very little financial aid available for international students, and most of it comes in the form of loans, so collateral is necessary. In addition, although the employment outlook for pharmacists is favorable through 2020, the demand for pharmacists may vary by geographical location. Consequently, the School of Pharmacy cannot guarantee that international graduates will find employment after graduation in the U.S.
International applicants must meet all prerequisites and complete the same application procedures that applicants who are U.S. citizens. In addition, they must:
- Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service and submitted to PharmCAS. In addition, official copies of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended outside of the U.S. must be sent directly to University of Maryland's Student Affairs Office.
- Submit a statement of financial security that asserts that you will be able to cover average yearly expenses (found under "School of Pharmacy - PharmD") for the PharmD program.
- TOEFL is not required. However, the School of Pharmacy recommends international applicants submit their results to PharmCAS if they have previously taken the exam.
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