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It is recommended that applicants visit the National American University website at www.national.edu/online. Students may request additional information at that site or contact the admissions department at 1-800-209-0182 or via e-mail at info@national.edu.

Instructions for Applying for Admission

The regular admission procedure requires that students apply for admission online. The application can be found at www.national.edu/online.

International Admission

National American University encourages diversity within its student body and international students from many countries study through the Best of Both Worlds – IDP ™ program at international affiliate campuses and study online.

Admissions

International student applicants who wish to study in the National American University undergraduate program through an affiliate college or university outside the United States or who wish to pursue their undergraduate studies entirely online must satisfy the following criteria for admission:

  1. Complete and submit a Best of Both Worlds Program – IDP ™ Online Application for Admission. Go to https://services2.national.edu/intapp/Default.aspx.
  2. All applicants for admission must provide evidence of secondary and/or post-secondary education completion through one of the following requirements:
    1. Provide an official academic transcript or marks sheets from previous secondary education institutions attended. Diplomas or certificates of government examinations must show the subjects passed and grades/marks received. All records should be submitted in the original language, and credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Translations should be literal and not interpretive. A key to the marking system or grading scale should also be included if it is not indicated on the transcript. To view secondary education equivalencies for country-specific information, visit www.national.edu/sites/default/files/files/International%20High%20School%20Equivalencies.pdf.
    2. Provide an official transcript that indicates completion of a post-secondary program of at least two years in length with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0/4.0 or the equivalent from (i) an international higher education institution that is approved by the country’s national ministry of education or appropriate approval body (ii) an accredited U.S. higher education institution. Transcripts should show marks and credits earned for all post-secondary work. All records should be submitted in the native language, and credentials written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Translations should be literal and not interpretive. A key to the marking system or grading scale should also be included if it is not indicated on the transcript.
    3. Provide an original General Educational Development (GED) examination report demonstrating passing marks for the overall examination.
  3. All applicants for admission must affirm their completion of secondary-level education in the online admissions application. All applicants must subsequently provide evidence of secondary and/or post-secondary education through satisfaction of one of the following requirements:
    1. Provide an official academic transcript or marks sheet indicating graduation from a secondary-level education institution. Diplomas, transcripts, and/or certificates related to government examinations must show the subjects passed, and grades/marks received. All records should be submitted in the original language, and credentials in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Translations should be literal and not interpretive. A key to the marking system or grading scale should also be included if it is not indicated on the transcript.
    2. Provide an official transcript that indicates completion of a post-secondary program of at least two years in length with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0/4.0 or the equivalent from (i) an international higher education institution that is approved by the country’s national ministry of education or appropriate approval body or (ii) an accredited U.S. higher education institution. Transcripts should show marks and credits earned for all post-secondary work. All records should be submitted in the original language, and credentials in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Translations should be literal and not interpretive. A key to the marking system or grading scale should also be included if it is not indicated on the transcript.
    3. Provide an official General Educational Development (GED) examination report demonstrating passing marks for the overall examination. In exceptional cases, an applicant may provide an official examination report from another test identified by National American University that demonstrates passing marks for the overall examination.

    A student applicant that has been accepted by an NAU international affiliate but who has not satisfied this admissions requirement may enroll for up to six months as a provisionally accepted, degree-seeking student, until the point at which the student satisfies the admissions requirement through (a) (b) or (c) above.

  4. All applicants whose secondary-level education was conducted in a language other than English must demonstrate proficiency in English through satisfaction of one of the following requirements:
    1. Provide an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report indicating a minimum score of 520 for a paper-based exam, 190 for a computer-based exam, or 68 for an Internet-based exam. The TOEFL must have been taken within the past two calendar years. Official test scores must be sent from the testing agency to National American University. When ordering TOEFL test results, include the university’s school code of 6464.
    2. Provide an official International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report with an overall minimum score of 5. The IELTS must have been taken within the past two calendar years. Official test scores must be sent from the testing agency to National American University.
    3. Provide evidence of completion of two semesters (or equivalent) of college-level English (excluding ESL courses) with a grade of "C" or higher at (i) an international higher education institution that is approved by the country’s national ministry of education or appropriate approval body or (ii) an accredited U.S. college or university.
    4. Provide other evidence of English language proficiency as deemed appropriate by National American University.

A student applicant that has been accepted by an NAU international affiliate but who has not satisfied this admissions requirement may enroll for a period of time determined at the university’s sole discretion as a provisionally accepted, degree-seeking student, until the point at which the student satisfies the admissions requirement through (a) (b) (c) or (d) above.

In those circumstances where a student’s secondary-level education was conducted in English, NAU reserves the right to require additional proof of English language proficiency, including through tests of English language proficiency as enumerated above.

In the event that students accepted for study online or through a National American University international affiliate wish to enroll in campus-based courses in the United States, students will be required to satisfy additional requirements as follows:

  1. Complete the International Student Application for Admission.
  2. Complete and submit an International Financial Certification form, available from the National American University Office of Admissions, and attach an original bank statement.
  3. International students are required, as part of the application process, to show sufficient funding to cover tuition, fees, and living expenses through the duration of their studies. The amount and source of funds are also shown on the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) required for application for an F-1 visa.
  4. Students planning to bring a spouse and/or children to the United States are required to demonstrate the availability of additional funds to support those individuals.

Students requesting the Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa to enter the U.S. to attend National American University must fulfill all the aforementioned international admissions requirements. Upon acceptance by and approval from the university, Form I-20 will be issued to eligible students.

Additional documentation in support of an applicant’s candidacy may be requested as deemed necessary by National American University. The university reserves the right to reject documentation and to request verification of documents as necessary. Admissions documentation will be considered the property of the university and will not be returned to the applicant (some exceptions may apply). NAU reserves the right to reject any and all student applicants.