Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, American employees of the U.S. Government, and their family members residing within an overseas contracted site may enroll in undergraduate classes through University of Maryland University College Europe, in accordance with the terms of the Department of Defense contract which states that the university: "shall only enroll those academically qualified individuals who have a valid Identification Privilege Card issued by the military services." ID card validation is required after completing the online application.
Questions about eligibility should be addressed to the director, Student Affairs, UMUC Europe, in Heidelberg.
Orientation and Getting Started
UMUC field representative and academic advisors stand ready in military communities to provide face-to-face assistance with registration, financial aid, advising appointments, and more. Contact information for field representatives is available at www.umuc.edu/locations.
Before the beginning of each session, UMUC holds special online and on-site orientations for new and prospective students. At face-to-face open house events and the free online seminar UMUC 411, prospective students have the opportunity to learn about UMUC programs, student services, academic and career options, and meet faculty members and fellow students. Students participating in these events may have their application fee waived.
Most applicants who have a high school diploma from a regionally accredited or state approved high school in the United States-or the equivalent-can be admitted and registered for undergraduate classes. Neither test scores nor high school transcripts are required of students educated in the United States.
Active duty Army students must complete the Common Application online in the GoArmyEd portal.* All other students can complete the online application for admission.
Students who plan to earn a certificate or degree at UMUC must ensure that official transcripts and documents relating to their educational background (including military documents) are on file with UMUC Europe in Heidelberg by the end of their first term (fall: August-December; spring: January-May; summer: June-July) of attendance with the university.
All home-schooled students must submit documentation prior to their first enrollment from an approved home-school program in accordance with the University System of Maryland requirements for admission of home-schooled students.
Procedures for Admission
To apply for admission, students must complete an undergraduate admission application and pay the nonrefundable fee. Applicants who intentionally provide false information on their application are subject to disciplinary action as detailed on UMUC policy 151.00 Code of Student Conduct. Before attempting to register for class, students must have been officially admitted to the university. Applications for admissions may be submitted online through MyUMUC (my.umuc.edu). Military ID card validation by the local UMUC Europe field representative or the Admissions Office is required after completing the online application.
Upon being admitted to UMUC, students are assigned to regular, provisional, or consortium status. Admission of foreign-educated applicants is governed by requirements listed in the Foreign-Educated Students section which follows under the Special Admissions section of this page.
A qualified applicant who wants to audit or receive credit for courses (whether he or she intends to earn a degree or not) is admitted as a regular student. For financial aid purposes, a regular student must be seeking a degree or certificate at UMUC. Admission as a regular student is granted to applicants who submit a completed signed application; pay the non-refundable admission fee ($30); and certify that they fulfill one of following academic requirements:
- Have graduated from a regionally accredited or state-approved high school in the United States
- Have passed a high school equivalency exam
The most commonly accepted high school equivalency exam is the General Education Development (GED) examination; a total score of 225 and no individual test score below 40 (for tests completed before January 2002) or a total score of 2250 and no individual test score below 410 (for tests completed after January 2002) is required for passing.
To be granted regular admission status, students should have maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all college-level work attempted at other approved colleges and universities, including other University System of Maryland institutions. However, an academic probation or dismissal that occurred at least two years before the date when the student applies for admission has no bearing on the student's admission status.
Students requesting provisional admission should first contact the director, Student Affairs in Heidelberg, who will explain, in detail, what needs to happen and how they can move from provisional to regular status. Two categories of students may be admitted in provisional status:
- Applicants otherwise eligible for admission who, during the last two years, earned a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) at another college or university and/or were academically dismissed from another college or university (regardless of their cumulative grade point average)
- Foreign-educated students, otherwise eligible for admission, who have not completed at least 24 credits of transferable college coursework
All provisional students may enroll for a maximum of 7 credits per term (fall: August-December; spring: January‑May; summer: June-July). During their first term of enrollment at UMUC, provisional students in the first category must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities they have attended. The student's status is automatically changed to regular after the student has successfully completed 7 credits of graded coursework with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and all admission requirements have been fulfilled. If the student's term grade point average at UMUC is less than 2.0, the student is placed on probation. If, while on probation, the student's term grade point average is 2.0 or better, she or he returns to provisional status. If, while on probation, the
student's term and cumulative grade point averages are less than 2.0, he or she is dismissed and must follow the standard procedures that apply to all dismissed students.
Foreign-educated students must submit official transcripts verifying completion of the equivalent of a U.S. secondary education and documentation of English proficiency. They are eligible for regular admission status once UMUC has determined that they have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education and all admission requirements have been fulfilled.
Colleges and universities serving the military in Europe work together as a consortium. Students seeking a certificate or degree with a consortium institution can enroll in a limited number of courses with other consortium institutions without paying an additional application fee. These courses must be (a) needed by the student to complete certificate or degree requirements and (b) unavailable from the institution at which the student is seeking to earn the certificate or degree. Note: UMUC Europe extends consortium status to Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) students and to students with a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Student Agreement from a SOC college or university.
SOC students must submit a copy of their SOC Student Agreement to the UMUC Europe field representative when applying in order to have their application fee waived as non-degree seeking students.
However, Army SOC students must follow the instructions in the GoArmyEd portal.*
A consortium student who requests an official evaluation from UMUC thereby indicates interest in earning a certificate or degree with UMUC and will be required to pay the UMUC application fee. The student's category will then be changed from consortium to regular.
Undergraduate students who have not attended UMUC for two years or more must submit a new application before they will be allowed to register. However, they need not pay another application fee. Students may reapply by selecting "Apply Online" at my.umuc.edu.
High School Students - Concurrent Secondary Enrollment
With the written recommendation of a high school guidance counselor, an academically gifted high school senior may enroll in a maximum of one three-credit, freshman-level course per term (fall,spring,summer) while finishing work toward a high school diploma. Such a student is required to demonstrate a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 (B+) in high school academic subjects. The director of Student Affairs may give permission for a high school student to enroll after the university has received both the high school transcripts and written permission from the appropriate officials at the high school and has talked with the student. The student may continue to register as a "concurrent secondary" student until graduation from high school. For purposes of categorization, the student is treated as having provisional status. Once approved, concurrent high school students will be asked to complete a paper-based Application for Admissions and pay the non-refundable $30 admission fee at their local education center. For additional information, students should contact the Admissions Office.
Transfer to and from UMUC Stateside or UMUC Asia
Transfers betweeen UMUC campuses (Asia, Stateside and Europe) are simple and free! It is important for students to notify UMUC when they relocate to a new duty station so residency and tuition may be accurately determined. Students who previously attended classes with UMUC Stateside or UMUC Asia within the previous two years must submit a divisional transfer through MyUMUC (my.umuc.edu). To do so, please access the MyUMUC student portal:
Student Center > drop down menu (in Academics box) > Divisional Transfer
Please complete the required information (only the boxes that are starred are required, all others may or may not apply to you and will not hinder submission of your request). Should you have questions concerning the form or transfer itself, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office.
Admission of College Graduates
A student who received a bachelor's degree from an approved U.S. institution is automatically admissible to UMUC as a regular (undergraduate) student upon submission of the admission application and fee. A former graduate student in the University System of Maryland whose time limit in a program has expired may also be admitted as a regular (undergraduate) student. Students who have been admitted to UMUC as graduate students may take undergraduate courses only when satisfying approved prerequisites or as part of an approved articulation agreement. Students may be admitted as either undergraduate or graduate, but may not be admitted in both categories at the same time.
Prior to being considered for admission to the university, prospective students educated outside of the United States will need to provide documentation of both English proficiency and the equivalency of a U.S. secondary education during their first semester (term) of enrollment. Prospective students who were educated outside of the United States will need to complete the following steps:
- If English is not the student's native language, the student may not be admitted until college-level proficiency in written English is demonstrated in one of the following ways:
- A score of at least 550 on a written version, 213 on a computer-based version, or 79 on the Internet-based version of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The TOEFL school code for UMUC is 5804. Information about the exam and administration of it is found at: www.toefl.com.
- A score of at least 6.5 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS), including the academic writing and reading modules.
- A minimum score of Grade Pre-1 on the EIKEN Test in practical English proficiency.
- A grade of C or higher in an English composition course from an approved U.S. college or university.
- Graduation from a U.S. high school or approved university.
2. If the applicant has earned fewer than 24 credits at an approved U.S. college or university, completion of the equivalent of a U.S. secondary education must be verified by:
- An evaluation from an approved international credit evaluation agency..
- Official transcripts showing successful completion of the U.S. GED exam with a total score of at least 225 and no individual test score below 40 (for tests completed before January 2002) or a total score of at least 2250 and no individual test score below 410 (for tests completed in or after January 2002).
All documentation should be sent to:
Undergraduate Student Affairs
Attn: Transcripts Office
University of Maryland University College
3501 University Boulevard East
Adelphi, MD 20783-8080 USA
Applicants who were educated in one of the following countries meet the English Language Requirement:
|Antigua and Barbuda||Mauritius|
|Bermuda||Papua New Guinea|
|British Virgin Islands||Puerto Rico|
|Canada (except Quebec)||Sierra Leone|
|Falkland Islands||St. Catalina|
|Fiji||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|Ghana||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Hong Kong||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Ireland||Turks and Caicos Islands|
|Kenya||United Kingdom (Scotland, England, Wales)|
In addition to providing proof of English proficiency, the applicant must meet the Admission Requirements noted previously. Students will be denied admission to UMUC Europe in the absence of at least one of the above requirements. Students should contact the director of Student Affairs in Heidelberg if they have questions about their eligibility. GoArmyEd students must provide the same documentation, but should send it to the Office of Evaluations in Heidelberg before registering.*
UMUC Europe conducts five sessions each academic year, which begins in August and ends in July. Face-to-face (on-site) classes are generally eight weeks long. Session dates the current academic year may be found on our online calendar. There may be variations in session dates to accommodate military exercises or deployments. Undergraduate online classes are 8 weeks long. On-site classes are usually held on or near military installations and registration is held at education centers or online at MyUMUC (my.umuc.edu). Army students must register for all classes through the GoArmyEd portal.*
More information about enrolling with UMUC Europe can be found at /undergrad/services/enroll.html.
Last updated: 9 May 2013