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Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, American employees of the U.S. government, and their family members may enroll in undergraduate classes through University of Maryland University College Asia if they meet admission requirements. Depending on U.S. military policy, local citizens may take UMUC courses in some countries. Individuals on tourist visas are not eligible to enroll with UMUC Asia.
The Bowie State Undergraduate program is currently available only to students residing on Okinawa.
Questions about eligibility should be addressed to the Director, Student Services, UMUC Asia, in Yokota.
Orientation and Getting Started
UMUC Enrollment Specialists and Academic Advisors stand ready in military communities to provide face-to-face assistance with admission, registration, advising appointments, and more. Contact information for Enrollment Specialists is available at www.asia.umuc.edu/sites/.
The admission procedures of UMUC were designed to meet the needs of adult, part-time students. 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 register for undergraduate classes. All students who have not completed at least 24 credits of transferable college coursework must submit high school transcripts (or equivalent) by the end of the second term of study at UMUC. Test scores are not required. Admission of foreign-educated applicants is governed by requirements given on page 11. Students must be officially admitted to the University before they can register for classes. UMUC policy 210.00 on Undergraduate Admission is available online.
Active-duty Army students must complete the Common Application online in the GoArmyEd Portal. Upon submission of the common application, the standard UMUC Asia $50 application fee will be incurred.
Procedures for Admission
To apply for admission, students must complete an undergraduate admission application and pay the $50 nonrefundable fee. Applicants who intentionally provide false information on their application are subject to disciplinary action, as detailed in UMUC policy 151.00 Code of Student Conduct (available online). Before attempting to register for classes, students must have been officially admitted to the university. Applications for admission may be submitted online through MyUMUC. Military ID card validation by the local UMUC Asia Enrollment Specialist 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.
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 Asia. Admission as a regular student is granted to applicants who submit a completed, signed application and certify that they fulfill one of the 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 is the General Education Development (GED) examination; total score of at least 600 and a minimum score of 150 on each section (for exams after January 2014), 2250 and a minimum score of 410 on each section (for exams between January 2002 and January 2014), or a total score of 225 and minimum score of 40 on each section (for exams prior to January 2002).
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 regionally accredited 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.
Two categories of students may be admitted in provisional status:
- Applicants who, during the last two years, earned a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) at another institution and/or were academically dismissed from another institution (regardless of their cumulative grade point average).
- Foreign-educated students who meet the English proficiency requirement, but have not completed at least 24 credits of transferable college coursework from a U.S. college or university, as detailed in the section Noncitizens and Foreign-Educated Students.
All provisional students may enroll for a maximum of 7 credits during a fall, spring, or summer term.
Provisional students in the first category must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities they have attended during their first session of enrollment at UMUC. If the student's session grade point average at UMUC is less than 2.0, the student is placed on probation. If, while on probation, the student's session grade point average is 2.0 or better, she or he returns to provisional status. If, while on probation, the student's session and cumulative grade point averages are less than 2.0, he or she is dismissed and must follow the standard reinstatement procedures that apply to all dismissed students. 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.
Students in the second category, i.e., those educated abroad, must first meet the English proficiency requirement before admission and enrollment occurs. Also, applicants must submit an official international credit evaluation verifying completion of the equivalent of a U.S. secondary education. Students are eligible for regular admission status once UMUC has verified all of the qualifications above.
Colleges and universities serving the military in Asia 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 Asia 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 Asia Enrollment Specialist when applying in order to have their application fee waived as visiting students.
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.