We would love to welcome you!
International students and visiting scholars are vital members of the UConn Marine Sciences community and are cordially welcome. They contribute to the cultural diversity, academic excellence, and research innovation of the department. The department is committed to providing assistance and resources needed to make their application, transition and experience as smooth as possible. This webpage is designed to navigate foreign students and scholars through the resources available at the university.
Information about applying to the Graduate Program is available at
Applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty member whom you would like to be your advisor. Faculty profiles can be found at
For academic requirements for graduate degrees, which apply to all graduate students, you should check out the Student Handbook within the Marine Sciences’ website: https://marinesciences.uconn.edu/academic/graduate-student-handbook/.
Teaching Assistants are required to pass English Proficiency test; detailed information can be found in https://ita.uconn.edu/testing-english-proficiency-certification-effective-for-teaching-assistants-starting-in-fall-2014-or-after/. For English language support, check out the Language Support and Services at https://isss.uconn.edu/language-services/.
Various resources and services to foreign students regarding legal and regulation issues (e.g. social security number, driver license, health insurance, travel, etc.) are available through International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS): https://isss.uconn.edu/.
It is normal for international students and visiting scholars to feel cultural differences or “shock”, but resources are available to ease your adjustment to the new environment. Visit the ISSS website for information: https://isss.uconn.edu/u-s-culture-and-environment/. ISSS holds US Culture workshops (https://isss.uconn.edu/unpacking-usa/).
Join activities with fellow students to experience the dynamic campus life can help you transition more quickly; learn more about the campus life at Marine Sciences from https://marinesciences.uconn.edu/mscss/campus-life/.
To connect with fellow international students and scholars of similar cultural or linguistic backgrounds, you can identify and contact volunteering mentors in the International Scholar Mentor Program: https://isss.uconn.edu/meet-uconn-students/.