Questions about the University of Bridgeport
- Where is the University of Bridgeport (UB) located?
- What academic undergraduate and graduate programs (majors) does UB offer?
- Is UB accredited?
- How many international students attend UB?
- How safe is the UB campus?
- Can I arrange to have a tour of the campus?
Questions about the Admissions Process
- When should I apply to UB and what is the application deadline?
- How much is the application fee and can it be waived?
- Can you tell me if I am I eligible for admission at UB before I submit my application materials?
- My grades/marks are not on the American scale, is there a conversion method?
- What standardized exams do I need to take? (TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT)
- What is UB's TOEFL code?
- What is UB's English Language Proficiency Requirement? What if I am unable to meet the requirement?
- What are the admission requirements for international students? Are there any additional admission requirements for the program I am applying to?
- What are the financial documents that I need to submit with my application?
- After I apply, when will I receive the admission decision and my I-20 Form?
- How do I prepare for the visa interview?
Financial Questions for Accepted Students
- Do you offer me academic scholarships or financial aid? Do you offer any full scholarships?
- Will I be able to get a job upon arriving to UB?
- When am I required to pay my tuition fees? Can I prepay my tuition? Can I pay in installments?
- What is a tuition deposit and a housing deposit? How can I pay my deposits? Is it necessary to pay them before arriving to UB?
- How much money do I need to have available when I arrive to UB?
Academic Questions for Accepted Students
- I am a transfer student; will I receive credit for coursework previously taken at the university level?
- I was granted admission in the past, but was unable to attend UB. How do I defer my admission?
- Can I register for my classes before I arrive at UB?
- Can I change my academic major once I arrive at UB?
Arriving On Campus
- What airport is closest to UB? Will there be someone from UB to pick me up at the airport?
- How do I get to UB by automobile, bus or train?
- Does UB offer on-campus housing? Does UB offer off-campus housing?
- Are there temporary accommodations available if I arrive to UB early?
- Are there on-campus health facilities? What if I did not complete my health forms?
- What should I bring along when I arrive at UB?
Questions about The University of Bridgeport
- Where is the University of Bridgeport (UB) located? The UB is located on a spectacular 50-acre seashore campus in the State of Connecticut, approximately 1 hour north of New York City by car or by train. Our proximity to major cities such as New York , Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC make UB an attractive destination for students seeking to study abroad.
- What academic undergraduate and graduate programs (majors) does UB offer? UB has over 120 programs of study and concentrations. The university course catalog contains descriptions of all University of Bridgeport policies, degree programs, and courses.
- Is UB accredited? The University of Bridgeport is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the Board of Governors of the Connecticut Department of Higher Education, as well as a number of national and professional accreditations.
- How many international students attend UB? Currently, there are approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Bridgeport. International students are from 80 countries and comprise approximately 2o% of our total student population. With such a diverse population you can be sure to find someone at UB from your home country.
- How safe is the UB campus? At the University of Bridgeport, we take the safety of our students very seriously. In fact, the University has received the prestigious Jeanne Clery Campus Safety Award for adopting technology and other initiatives to safeguard our students 24 hours a day. The University offers a combination of security services that include a Securitas Security Service USA managed public safety force, escort services, and twenty-four-hour monitored access to all residence halls. Also, each full-time student at the University is provided a small personal alarm device (PAD) that allows one to signal for help instantly from anywhere on campus in an emergency. Small and easily carried, a student summons help with the touch of a button. The signal sends information about who the student is and where that student is located to a central computer in the Campus Security Office. Get additional information about security at the University of Bridgeport.
- Can I arrange to have a tour of the campus? If you are currently in the United States, you certainly can! We welcome all prospective students in the United States to contact our Office of International Admissions to schedule a tour. We have student tour guides that are generally available Monday-Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-576-4552 to make tour arrangements. If given enough notice, we may also be able to arrange for you to meet with faculty members as well.
Questions about the Admissions Process
- When should I apply to UB? What is the application deadline? You may submit your application for admission up to twelve months in advance of the semester in which you wish to begin your studies at UB. To meet our application deadline, we strongly recommend that you apply as early as possible, as we receive a high volume of applications throughout the year. Applications received after the deadline will automatically be deferred to the next semester.
- Spring deadline: December 1
Fall deadline: August 1
- The university does NOT admit new international students to the Summer Semester.
$50.00 – All bachelor’s and master’s programs of study
$75.00 – All doctoral programs of study
The application fee is mandatory, non-refundable, and cannot be waived.
If you apply by using a paper application, you must submit a NON-REFUNDABLE Application Fee of $50.00 by bank check or money order drawn on a U.S. Bank and made payable to the University of Bridgeport. DO NOT SEND CASH.
If you apply online, you may pay using a valid credit card as a part of the online application.
TOEFL and IELTS
- Undergraduate applicants
- Required scores for direct admission: TOEFL 61 (IBT), IELTS 6.0. A TOEFL or IELTS score must be presented to be considered for an academic scholarship.
- Graduate applicants
- Required scores for direct admission: TOEFL 80 (IBT), IELTS 6.5. See question 7 for more details.
- For more information regarding ways to meet the English language proficiency requirement, click here.
- While the SAT is not a requirement for admission to an undergraduate admission, a score of 400 in the Critical Reading Section of the SAT can be presented as proof of English language proficiency.
- GRE requirements for graduate applicants vary by program of study. For specific details, please contact the Office of International Admissions at email@example.com.
- Doctoral candidates pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership are required to take either the GRE or the MAT (Miller Analogies Test).
Applicants to the MBA must provide a minimum GMAT score of 400 to be considered for admission. Waivers may be granted based upon work experience and/or undergraduate academic performance.
Students who do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score, or whose score is below the minimum for direct admission, may still apply to most programs of study. If you are not able to demonstrate English language competency prior to registration, you will be given the University English Language Assessment Battery (ELAB) test after arriving on campus. If you receive a satisfactory score you will be permitted to enter your academic program fulltime. If not, you will be required to attend the University's English Language Institute (ELI) until proficiency is reached. View more information about UB’s ELI.
Are there any additional admissions requirements for the program I am applying to?
Associate’s or Bachelor’s of Science in Dental Hygiene.
If secondary or post-secondary (college/university) academic studies were done outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation of all academic work will be required. Please contact an accredited academic evaluating service, such as World Educational Services (WES). For more information please visit www.wes.org.Master in Business Administration (MBA)
- A minimum GMAT score of 400 is required for admission. Waivers may be granted based upon work experience and/or undergraduate academic performance.
- Indian applicants with 3-year bachelor’s degrees earned in Division or Class I and II at universities accredited by the NAAC with a grade of A will be evaluated as equivalent to the U.S. bachelor’s degree, and are eligible to apply.
MS Computer Science, MS Computer Engineering, MS Electrical Engineering, MS Mechanical Engineering, MS Biomedical Technology, and MS Technology Management
- GRE is required. A score of 300 is recommended. Individual waivers are subject to approval.
MS in Education and Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)
- If post-secondary (college/university) academic studies were done outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluation of all academic work will be required. Please contact an accredited academic evaluating service such as World Educational Services (WES). For more information please visit www.wes.org.
- The doctoral program in Educational Leadership (EdD) requires TOEFL of 80 (IBT) or IELTS 6.5, and the GRE or MAT (Miller Analogies Test). For more information on GRE, you may visit www.ets.org. For information on the MAT, please visit www.tpcweb.com.
- PRAXIS I required. Please visit www.ets.org/praxis/prxreg.html for more information.
Master of Science in Human Nutrition (M.S.)
- Students applying for the MS in Human Nutrition program must successfully complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of "B" or better: Basic Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, and Introduction to Biochemistry. Students who have NOT completed Anatomy and Physiology and/or Biochemistry will not be admitted into the Human Nutrition program.
- Students should complete the above-mentioned prerequisites online through the University of Bridgeport or at a recognized university/college in their home country.
- A 250-500 word personal statement specifically discussing why you would like to join the Human nutrition Program at the University of Bridgeport is required. Applications submitted without a personal statement will NOT be reviewed.
You should bring the following items with you for your visa interview:
- Your academic records and your acceptance letter from UB.
- Your I-20 Form and proof (receipt) that you’ve paid the SEVIS Fee.
- Official financial documentation (a current bank statement from your bank account and/or your sponsor’s bank account).
- Proof that you have strong ties to your home country and that you will not remain in the U.S. after the completion of your academic studies.
Once you obtain your visa, you are required to submit a $200.00 tuition deposit to a place for you at UB. For payment information, please see question 4 below.
Financial Questions for Accepted Students
- Will you offer me any scholarships or financial aid? Do you offer any full scholarships?
Academic scholarships, ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 per year are available to first year applicants and transfer students seeking an associate or a bachelor degree. All applicants will automatically be considered for a scholarship after submitting the completed application form and all required admissions materials. No additional application form is required. Scholarships are awarded based upon previous academic performance and English proficiency. All awards are renewable yearly based on satisfactory academic achievement and good standing at the University.
The University of Bridgeport does not offer full scholarships. Academic scholarships are applied to the cost of tuition only. Students who receive scholarships are required to pay all costs not covered by their scholarships at the time of registration for classes.
Academic scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 are available for graduate students applying to Master’s degree programs in the School of Business, School of Engineering and the College of Public and International Affairs. The Scholarships are available only for the first two full semesters of academic studies.
All applicants will automatically be considered for a scholarship at the time the admissions decision is made. No application additional form is needed. Students who wish to be considered for a scholarship must submit a TOEFL / IELTS score and a GRE or GMAT score. All graduate students with a scholarship are required to register for 9 credit hours per semester.
- Will I be able to get a job upon arriving to UB? It is unlikely a new international student will obtain an on-campus job during the first semester of academic studies. Jobs are competitive and an interview is required. Chances improve after the first semester. We cannot guarantee any student a job prior to his/her arrival to campus. An on-campus job can help with the student's personal expenses (pocket money), but these funds are not sufficient to finance tuition costs. Students should not come to UB without a plan as to how they will pay the full cost of their education. Students may work on campus up to 15 hours a week.
- When am I required to pay my tuition fees? Can I prepay my tuition? Can I pay in installments? You are required to pay your tuition fees, room and board, and health insurance during Orientation Week when you register for classes and before classes begin. International undergraduate students who receive partial scholarships must pay the remaining costs not covered by the scholarship. For information related to payments, email Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are outside the United States, you may also pay your tuition fees may in advance at www.peertransfer.com.
- What is a tuition deposit and a housing deposit? How can I pay my deposits? Is it necessary to pay them before arriving to UB? A $200.00 tuition deposit is required of all accepted students. The tuition deposit should be paid after receiving your student visa. The deposit is an indication of your commitment to attend the University of Bridgeport and will secure your place at the University in the semester for which you were accepted.
The $200.00 housing deposit is required to reserve your room in one of the University residence halls. The deposits are applied toward your university account. Do not pay either deposit until AFTER you have received your student visa from the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country. All deposits are NON-REFUNDABLE. There are two ways to submit deposit payment(s):
1. Issue a check or money order to:
University of Bridgeport
2. For payments outside of the U.S., go to: www.peertransfer.com Mail to: University of Bridgeport Follow the instructions on the website. International Admissions 126 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604 USA
Please include your full name and University ID number when making deposit payments.
- How much money do I need to have available when I arrive to UB? Click here for a complete list of the costs you should expect to pay. New students should be prepared to pay half the total yearly costs each semester. Graduate students with required prerequisite courses should expect additional tuition costs, depending on the student's major. The exact amount of money an international student will have to pay cannot be determined in advance. Our Bursar will determine the exact dollar amounts after the student arrives to campus and is registered for classes. We do not recommend you carry a lot of cash with you to the United States. It is convenient to carry traveler checks or bank checks and deposit them in the local bank upon your arrival. Both graduate and undergraduate students need to pay ALL of their first semester costs (tuition fees, room/board and health insurance) at the time they register for classes. Fees can be paid in U.S. dollars, bank check, credit card, money draft, money order.
If your spouse and/or child will accompany you, health insurance is required for them if they are a J-2 visa holder, and highly recommended if they an F-2 visa holder. More information may be obtained from UB’s Health Services Center. Please visit this link for a complete list of costs that you can expect to incur when coming to UB with your dependents. Keepin mind that costs may increase from one year to the next. Your I-20 or DS-2019 only reflects the approximate costs for the coming academic year, but does not indicate the costs for subsequent years. Please be aware of this when planning your budget. If you are from a country that requires you to obtain an exchange permit from the bank, please be sure that you explain this to your bank officials.
Academic Questions for Accepted Students
- I am a transfer student. Will I receive credit for coursework previously taken at the university level? Transfer credits or waivers may be granted for academic coursework previously completed at a college or university level. Transfer applicants, applicants who have attended any post-secondary institution (college/university), must submit official course descriptions or syllabi, with exact course names and numbers, for all post-secondary academic work attempted so that it may be evaluated for possible transfer of credit. Student-generated course descriptions are not acceptable. The University of Bridgeport CANNOT guarantee the transfer of credit until the department head of your chosen major has reviewed your credentials. Your previous coursework must meet our specific standards set forth in the most recent University of Bridgeport Course Catalog. It is possible that not all your previous university/college coursework will be transferable to your UB program of study. Please bring your official course descriptions or syllabi with you to be reviewed by your academic advisor during class registration.
- I was granted admission in the past, but was unable to attend UB. How do I defer my admission? If you were previously granted admission, but were not issued an I-20 form and were unable to attend UB, you can defer your admission to the next semester by sending a deferral request to email@example.com. You MUST include your first and last name, your UB student ID number and your academic major when making a request to defer your admission. If you were previously granted admission, were issued an I-20 form and were unable to attend UB, you MUST submit the following:
- Your ORIGINAL I-20 form that was issued to you by the University of Bridgeport.
- A CLEAR typed letter stating that you would like us to defer your admission to a specific semester and issue you a new I-20. You MUST include your complete name, e-mail address and the mailing address you want the new I-20 to be sent to. If you want the new I-20 to be sent to the same address you have already provided us with, you still need to mention that address in your letter.
- A new signed and dated Financial Statement for International Students (FSIS)
- A NEW ORIGINAL Bank Statement, not more than 6 months old, from your sponsor(s) indicating that the required funds are available. The bank statement must be written in English on official bank letterhead containing bank contact information, the account number, and the amount of money available in U.S. or foreign currency. It must be signed and dated by a bank official no more than six months prior to date of the start of classes for the semester you are accepted to. The sponsor(s) name must also be mentioned on the Bank Statement.
Verify that the bank statement you originally submitted is current. It must be dated no more than 6 months prior to the date of the start of classes for the semester you are accepted to. Bank statements older than 6 months will not be accepted.
Once you have met these requirements, we will defer your admission to the next available semester and issue you a new acceptance letter and I-20 form. Your admission will NOT be deferred until we receive all of the above documents. The application deadlines also apply to students who want to defer their admission. The Office of International Admission reserves the right to ask for additional academic or financial documentation when students defer their admission. Students who request to defer their admission more than twice may be asked to pay a processing fee of $50.
- Can I register for my courses before I arrive at UB? No. The University of Bridgeport has a thorough, well-organized New Student Orientation Program for all new students at the beginning of each semester. During the New Student Orientation you will meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic and career goals and together choose your courses and classes.
- Can I change my academic major once I arrive at UB? No. You will not be able to change your major until you have completed at least the first semester of studies in the major you were initially accepted into. Once you have completed your first semester, the academic advisor of the major you wish to transfer to will evaluate your grades and determine your eligibility. Please note that there are additional academic requirements for certain majors, and you may be asked to provide additional documentation. Changing majors may result in increased coursework and add time to your degree program, and/or increase the tuition fees you are required to pay. Please note that you can change majors ONLY if you meet the specific requirements of the major you wish to change to. We strongly recommend that all students research the program requirements of their major before they request a change.
Arriving on Campus
- What airport is closest to UB? Will there be someone from UB to pick me up at the airport? We advise international students to choose John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York as their arrival airport, as this is the most convenient airport for international arrivals. We are happy to provide you with the following information in order to facilitate your arrival to the University of Bridgeport campus. When you arrive at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy (JFK), or Newark Airport, go to the Ground Transportation Center and request either a Go Shuttle or Connecticut Limousine Service. The cost is approximately $70. We DO NOT recommend taking a taxi from any New York or New Jersey Airport. It can be very expensive.
Limited free pick service from JFK airport to the UB campus is available during Orientation Week prior the start of classes. Full details will be provided to accepted students prior to the beginning of classes.
- How do I get to UB by automobile, bus or train?
Traveling South on I-95: Take Exit 27. At the traffic light at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn left. Take a left at the next stoplight under the I-95 overpass. (Make sure not to get back on the I-95 North entrance ramp.) At the next light, turn right onto Broad St. Continue on Broad St. until you come to Gregory St. Turn right onto Gregory St. Proceed down Gregory St. for one block. Turn left on Myrtle Ave. You may park in the parking lot on the right side. The Student Center is the red brick building on the left.
Traveling North on I-95: Take Exit 27. At the bottom of the ramp, continue straight to the third traffic light. (Make sure to bear to the right of the I-95 North entrance ramp.) At the third traffic light, turn right onto Broad St. Continue on Broad St. until you come to Gregory St. Turn right onto Gregory St. Proceed down Gregory St. for one block. Turn left on Myrtle Ave. You may park in the parking lot on the right side. The Student Center is the red brick building on the left.
BY BUS OR TRAIN
Amtrak train service, Metro North trains make regular stops at the Bridgeport railroad station. From there you can take a quick five-minute taxi ride to campus. For additional driving directions, please visit: Directions to the University of Bridgeport
- Does UB offer on-campus housing? Does UB offer off-campus housing? UB offers on-campus housing, that is convenient, safe and affordable for international students. While there are many off-campus options available, the University of Bridgeport is not responsible for providing off-campus accommodations. Undergraduate students may choose to live off campus only if they are at least 21 years of age. Living off campus does not affect the amount your bank statement is required to indicate in order to be issued the I-20 form. You still need to show the full amount required for on campus room & board at UB. Please visit Residential Life for more information about housing options.
- Are there temporary accommodations available if I arrive to UB early? Limited temporary accommodations may be available. Priority will be given to students who have submitted their housing contracts and deposits in advance and for those who plan to live on-campus permanently. To stay on-campus in the dorms you should send in a non-refundable room deposit of $200 along with your $200 tuition deposit.
- Are there on campus health facilities? What if I did not complete my health forms? The University provides high-quality health care through its own Health Services Center, which is open Monday through Friday during the academic year from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The University of Bridgeport Student Health Services offers high quality, student health care for the treatment of acute illnesses and injuries. Serious medical problems are referred to the local hospital emergency room. A medical director, nurse practitioners, and nurses staff the center.
Health Services’ emphasis is geared towards wellness. We offer health education, preventive health screenings, health promotion programs and immunizations. Students’ individual needs are attended to in a confidential and caring manner. All information and records pertaining to any aspect of a student’s health are strictly confidential.
All full-time international students are required to purchase a health insurance policy, available through the university’s Bursar Office, at an approximate cost of $1,355 per year. Overseas Health Insurance or insurance from a previous academic institution is NOT acceptable. It is a State of Connecticut requirement that students show proof of vaccinations. It is VERY IMPORTANT that have your health forms completed before you arrive to UB. You will be unable to register for classes without submitting your health forms to the Health Center. If there are certain required vaccinations you were unable to receive before arriving on campus, you may get request them at UB’s health center for a fee. The cost may vary depending on the vaccination you require. A physical examination may also be completed at UB's Health Center for a fee.
- What should I bring along when I arrive at UB? It can be very exciting to think about being in a new country. Please know that there will be people available when you arrive to help explain some of the things around you that you may not be familiar with. Basically, what you decide to bring is your personal preference, but based on experience, we have compiled a list of things of the things that international students most commonly forget to bring with them. Please remember, that anything you may need can probably be purchased nearby. There is public transportation, and UB provides a free Shuttle Bus that takes students to shopping centers to make needed purchases. We encourage students to bring items that make them feel the most comfortable being away from home. We look forward to your arrival! What to Bring?