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International Students

UEWM is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. The University of East-West Medicine welcomes foreign–student applications and is very fortunate to have many students from around the world joining our Master's degree Program. We are committed to expanding our international student-body population and to providing full support to all students in order to ensure a smooth and rewarding academic journey for all. UEWM accepts foreign students and is approved under the Department of Homeland Security to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

UEWM is authorized to issue a Certificate of Eligibility, Form I-20 for F-1 (Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine) and M-1 (Diploma of Asian Bodywork Therapist) student status. Foreign students must submit the following to verify that they have adequate resources to pay for their living expenses (tuition, food, lodging, books, travel, and incidentals) for the length of the program: 1) a signed Financial Certification Form from UEWM, 2) a Certificate of Account Balance from their (or, if applicable, their parents' or their spouse's) bank account, showing a minimum of $15,000 on deposit in U.S.-d ollar equivalents, or a notarized I-134 form (Affidavit of Support issued by the U.S. Immigration Office). Upon the receipt of their acceptance letter and other required legal documents, a student I-20 visa can be issued.

Foreign students must submit their official transcript(s). Non-English transcripts must be accompanied by an official translation, and all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an educational evaluation agency in the U.S. to determine their U.S.-equivalency. Transcripts should be evaluated course-by-course.

Students may submit their official foreign transcripts to one of these evaluation services:

Educational Records Evaluation Service, Inc



A2Z Evaluations, LLC


216 F Street, #29 Davis, CA 95616 USA

Please contact the Admissions Office for more information on the evaluation of foreign transcripts.

Foreign applicants must also submit the following to the Admissions Office:

  • A completed Application Form with two passport-size photos.
  • A one-time $100, non-refundable application fee.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • The UEWM Financial Certification form.
  • A Certificate of Account Balance, or a notarized I-134 form.
  • A Statement of Purpose.
  • An official transcript from every college attended, accompanied by an evaluation.
  • Other legal documents.

International students whose native language is not English must demonstrate their English proficiency by providing an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International students may prove Englishlanguage competency by completing at least two years of baccalaureate-level education, comprising 60 semester units (90 quarter units), at an institution of higher learning accredited by the U.S. Secretary of Education. International students who have earned a degree from an institute where the language of instruction is English, (e.g. Canada, United Kingdom, and India) are exempt from submitting a TOEFL score.

For applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 61 on the internet-based test is required in order to be admitted to any English-language program. For Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine Program students who are proficient in Chinese and Mandarin or Korean and would like to enroll in the Chinese-language program or Korean-language program, they may enroll in the language program only if Chinese or Korean is their first language respectively. All nonnative speakers of English must take the TOEFL exam with a TOEFL score of 45 on the Internet based test before beginning entry-level clinic internship. For more details on the TOEFL exam visit

Upon arrival at UEWM, international students must provide the Designated School Official (DSO) with a copy of the I-20 form, I-94, visa, and passport. The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service requires that all international students maintain a full-time program of study (at UEWM, at least 12 units), attend classes regularly, and maintain satisfactory progress towards completion of the degree or diploma objective.

Questions regarding visa status, accommodations, etc., should be directed to the Admissions Office.

Note: All admission documents become the property of the institution and will not be returned to the student. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor his/ her own progress toward graduation and to take all appropriate required courses each trimester.

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