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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 recommendation
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Personal essays

International Applicants are required to send 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 - student visa is required for non-U.S. citizens

International Applicants - Application Process - Step by Step

1. Create your account online

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

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. Select your Academic Specialty on your application

Select your first program preference and second program preference from the drop-down list on the application. If your program is not listed, select "other" and write your program in the box. Some new programs that are not included in the drop-down list are: Explorations in Architecture and Global Business.

4. Include two essays with your online application

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) choose from the following prompts: 1. What do you believe would happen to society if cell phones and computers were outlawed? or 2. You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech.

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. Before submitting your nonrefundable application fee, please review program tuition and fees.

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. Send Transcript(s) to the Summer Scholars Program office

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:

9. Passport Information

Send a copy of the ID page of your passport to

10. Student Visa

If you are already studying in the U.S., email a copy of your student visa and I-20 to

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

12. Bank Sponsorship Letter

If you require an F-1 student visa (non-U.S. citizens), 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 $8,500 in his/her account, or a recent bank statement showing a balance of $8,500. Send your financial letter of support to

Download Sample Bank Letter

13. Contact Us

If you have questions about the application process, please call us at (305) 284-4000, or email us at


Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed when ALL required documents have been 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) 284-4000 or via email at

Early Action application deadline

December 1

Priority application deadline

February 1

Scholarship application deadline

March 1 - Please note, both the SSP Application and the separate Scholarship Application must be submitted by deadline.

Post application deadline

Applications reviewed on rolling basis based on space available.

We will continue to accept applications after the final deadline until programs have reached capacity. For questions contact us at (305) 284-4000 or email us at