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International Students

National American University encourages diversity within its student body, and international students from many countries study at NAU campuses in the United States or online. An international student is a student who is not a citizen of, nor a permanent resident of, nor a refugee in, the United States of America or Canada and has demonstrated English proficiency or English is the native language.

Admission Requirements

International student applicants who wish to study at NAU in an undergraduate program:

  1. Complete and submit an International Student Application for Admission (See;
  2. Provide evidence of secondary and/or post-secondary education completion through one of the following requirements:
    1. An official credential evaluation of the academic transcript or marks sheets from the country where secondary education was completed. The documents presented should be those which would allow the student access to post-secondary education in the home country. Diplomas or certificates of government examinations must show the subjects passed, and grades or marks received. All records must be submitted to a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member approved credential evaluation service following the requirements listed by the service. The original report should be sent directly to the NAU location where the student intends to enroll. Copies of all documents evaluated by the service must accompany the original report when it is forwarded to the registrar’s office; or
    2. 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. Any international official transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES recognized evaluation service. The original course-by-course evaluation report and copies of the transcript evaluated should be sent directly to the National American University location where the student intends to enroll; or
    3. An original General Educational Development (GED) examination report demonstrating passing marks for the overall examination.
  3. 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, 190 for a computer-based, 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.); or
    2. An official Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) score report indicating a minimum score of 750 (not applicable to students enrolled in the nursing program); or
    3. 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.); or
    4. Provide evidence of completion of two semesters (or equivalent) of college-level English (excluding ESL courses) with a grade of "C" or higher at an accredited college or university whose language of instruction is English; or
    5. Provide evidence of English language proficiency by completing the English assessment exam, Accuplacer ESL, with minimum scores in the following categories:
      • Reading skills of 102 or higher
      • Sentence meaning of 100 or higher
      • Language usage of 95 or higher
      • Writing sample of 5 or higher
      • Please note these tests may only be taken at a campus location

Students Requesting the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20)

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

Complete and submit the International Financial Certification form and attach an original bank statement. International students are required, as part of the application process, to show evidence of sufficient funding during their studies. The amount and source of funds are also shown on the Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) needed to apply for an F-1 student visa. In addition, students planning to bring a spouse and/or children are required to show additional funds for those individuals.

Transfer students and students requesting Change of Status from a different visa type will be additionally required to submit official transcripts from previously attended colleges and universities as well as information concerning proof of current status with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the issuance of Form I-20.

Additional documentation in support of an applicant’s candidacy may be requested as deemed necessary by NAU. 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.

Financial Aid

Government-sponsored or subsidized programs are generally not available to international students. International students should consult their country’s consul or ambassador for educational benefits sponsored by their home country, or obtain a private sponsor.

New International Students

New international students may participate in new student orientation during the first week of the quarter. Students will receive information about academic issues, as well as an orientation to the campus and the local area.