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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 to provide the following documents:

  1. Complete and submit the SSP Application online.

    Include 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) ? If cell phones and computers were outlawed, what do you believe would happen to society?

    A $75 non-refundable application fee is required when you submit your application online.

    Online Application »

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  2. Send Official High School Transcripts

    Send official transcriptt from high school(s) attended to the SSP office.

  3. Letter of Recommendation/Teacher Evaluation

    One Teacher Recommendation Form is required to be completed by a current/recent high school teacher, preferably from a teacher that is closely related to the academic area to which you are applying. Send original form to the SSP office. Teachers are welcome to email the form directly to the SSP office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Download Teacher Recommendation Form »

  4. Guidance Counselor Recommendation

    Submit one Guidance Counselor Recommendation Form completed by high school counselor. Send original form to the SSP office. Guidance counselors are welcome to email the form directly to the SSP office at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    Download Guidance Counselor Form »

  5. Passport Information

    Send a copy of the ID page of your passport to the SSP office.

  6. Student Visa

    Send a copy of your student visa if you are already studying in the U.S.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 $7,000 in his/her account, or a recent bank statement showing a balance of $7,000.

    Download Sample Bank Letter »

  9. Send Supporting Documents by Mail

    Send supporting documents by mail to the Summer Scholars Program office.

    The mailing address is:
    University of Miami
    Summer Scholars Program
    P.O. Box 248005
    Coral Gables, FL 33145

    If being send by FedEx, DHL, UPS or Courier:
    University of Miami
    Summer Scholars Program
    111 Allen Hall
    5050 Brunson Drive
    Coral Gables, FL 33146

  10. 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

Priority application deadline: April 1

International Student application deadline: April 15

General application deadline: May 1

Applications received after the May 1 deadline will be reviewed based on program availability. Contact us to inquire about open programs at 305.284.5078.