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Applications for summer 2016 will open on October 1.

The Summer Scholars Program provides international students with the opportunity to study in the United States and experience college life on an American campus. While participation in the Summer Scholars Program does not guarantee admission to a college or university, the successful completion of a precollege program demonstrates the student's potential to study in English at the university level.


  • Completed sophomore or junior year of high school
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Guidance Counselor Form
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Personal essays

International Applicants are required to mail the following additional documents to the SSP office:

  • Official TOEFL or IELTS score - If your native language is not English
  • Copy of the ID page of your passport
  • Copy of your student visa - If you are already studying in the U.S.
  • Bank Sponsorship Letter - If you require a student visa

International Applicants - Application process step by step

International students are required to complete the following steps and provide the following documents:

  1. Create your account online

    Create a new account or log in using your email address.

    Online Application »

  2. Apply online -- select Summer Scholars Online Application

    Get started on your application. Save your application progress and return any time to continue where you left off.

  3. Include two essays with your online application

  4. Upload two essays with your online application, answering the following questions:

    Essay 1 (minimum 300 words) Why are you interested in participating in the Summer Scholar Programs, and how will participation help you achieve your future goals?

    Essay 2 (minimum 300 words) What do you believe would happen to society if cell phones and computers were outlawed?

  5. Submit your Teacher and Guidance Counselor recommendation requests online

    Enter the information for your Teacher and Guidance Counselor recommenders. Once the recommendation request has been submitted, they will receive an email with a link to fill out the recommendation form.

    Please note, the Teacher Recommendation should be completed by a current or recent high school teacher, preferably from a teacher that is closely related to the academic specialty your are applying to.

  6. Submit your application and pay application fee

    A $75 nonrefundable application fee is required when you submit your application online.

  7. Set up your CaneLink account

    After you submit your application online, you will be sent an email with your Cane ID and a temporary password to log into CaneLink, the University of Miami student information system. Access your CaneLink account to monitor your application status and track the receipt of important application documents, including transcripts and letters of recommendation.

  8. Transcript(s)

    Send your official high school transcript(s) and most recent report card by mail to the Summer Scholars Program office.

    The mailing address is:
    University of Miami
    Summer Scholars Program
    111 Allen Hall
    5050 Brunson Drive
    Coral Gables, FL 33146

    High school registrars can send transcripts by email to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please include the student's name in the email subject line.

  9. Passport Information

    Send a copy of the ID page of your passport to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  10. Student Visa

    If you are already studying in the U.S., email a copy of your student visa and I-20 to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  11. Official Test Scores

    All students whose native language is not English are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International students demonstrate a proficiency in English by submitting the TOEFL exam, with an Official TOEFL score report of 213 for the computer-based test, 550 for the paper test, or 80 for the internet-based test (including the speaking sub-score); or by submitting the IELTS score report with a minimum score of 6.5. UM does not accept the Institutional Testing Program (ITP) TOEFL score report. For information on scores visit the TOEFL or Other English Proficiency Requirements page.

    Email your scores to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  12. Bank Sponsorship Letter

    If you require an F-1 student visa, you will need to submit a bank letter on official letterhead stating that the person responsible for your living and personal expenses while studying at the University of Miami has a minimum of $8,000 in his/her account, or a recent bank statement showing a balance of $8,000. Send your financial letter of support to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Download Sample Bank Letter »

  13. Contact Us

    If you have questions about the application process or for information on visa requirements for international students, please contact the Summer Scholars Program office at 1 (305) 284- 5078, or email us at

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed as soon as ALL required documents are received at the SSP office. Submit your application documents as soon as possible for early consideration. An admission decision will be sent via email. Please allow 7-10 business days for an admission decision. If you have questions, contact us at (305) 284-5078 or via email at

Early Action application deadline: December 1

Priority application deadline: March 1

Scholarship application deadline: March 1

Final application deadline: April 25

Applications received after the final deadline will be reviewed based on program availability. Contact us to inquire about open programs at (305) 284-5078.