International Students

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Congrats! You're in.

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Welcome to the Wildcat family! You’ve officially earned your place at New Hampshire’s flagship research university. What’s next? Let this page guide you through some of the big decisions and opportunities ahead.

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Here's What's Next 


  • Set up your UNH email using MyUNH and sign up for UNH Alerts.
  • You will receive an email from the Office of International Students and Scholars on how to officially request your visa documentation (Certificate of Eligibility I-20 or OS-2019). You will be asked to provide the following:
    • Copy of admission decision letter
    • Copy of passport biographic page
    • Foreign address information
    • Copy of supporting financial documents
  • Apply for your visa as early as possible. As an international student coming to the United States to study, you will be required to obtain a visa prior to traveling abroad. Please note that Canadian students are not required to obtain a visa, but are required to present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or os-2019) and declare themselves as a student at the US port-of-entry.
  • The Office of International Students and Scholars will send you important tips and information about getting your visa, orientation, health insurance, getting to campus, what to do once you arrive, and much more. 
  • Submit your final transcripts. Submit your official high school diploma or general equivalency diploma to the Undergraduate Admissions Office by July 1:
    UNH Undergraduate Admissions
    Smith Hall
    3 Garrison Ave.
    Durham, New Hampshire, 03824
    United States of America

  • Complete the required medical and immunization forms. Check your email for more details.
  • Pay your tuition bill(unless you have set up a monthly payment plan).
  • Get ready for international student orientation, a mandatory program designed for all new international students (undergraduate, exchange, graduate, and transfer) to learn about immigration rights and responsibilities, cultural adjustment and academic expectations. Note: Attendance at the First Year Student Orientation in June (for undergraduates only) is optional. If you choose to attend the First Year Student Orientation in June, you will still be required to attend the International Student Orientation in August.
  • Contact your academic advisor to register for classes.

Requests for deferrals may be submitted to UNH using this form. Should you have any questions, please contact Admissions at admissions@unh.edu or (603) 862-1360.

  • With few exceptions, UNH will not approve deferral requests for students to complete college coursework elsewhere or for a post-graduate year.
  • If you know you will be deferring your admission, you do not need to send in an enrollment deposit now; however, if there is a chance your plans may change, an enrollment deposit must be received by May 1 to guarantee fall semester entry.
  • If a deferral is approved, a form to reinstate admission for the future semester will be sent with the approval letter. Please follow the instructions provided on that form.
  • Students who defer for a year must remember to complete the FAFSA by March 1 of the year they will be enrolling to be considered for need-based financial aid.
  • Students who defer for only one semester will have their financial aid package modified accordingly.

Withdrawals may be submitted to UNH using the this form. Should you have any questions, please contact Admissions at admissions@unh.edu or (603) 862-1360.

  • Enrollment deposit refunds requests received May 2 - May 31 -- $200
  • Requests received June 1 - August 15 -- $100
  • No portion of the enrollment deposit is refundable after August 15
  • Housing deposit refund requests received May 2 to May 31 -- $100
  • Requests received June 1 - July 1 -- $50
  • No portion of the housing deposit is refundable after July 1 
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