International Graduate Admission

What do I need to submit in order to apply?

  1. Submit a completed Graduate Application for Admission.
  2. Submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. International university transcripts must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. We require a course-by-course evaluation. We accept evaluations from members of NACES and recommend World Education Services, Inc.
  3. Letters of recommendation are required, either academic or professional. The number depends on the program for which you are applying. (See catalog for details)
  4. Submit any program-specific requirements. (See catalog for details)
  5. International students whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of English language proficiency.
    Type of test Graduate Exam Score Minimum
    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) 80 (Internet Based)
    550 (Paper Based)
    213 (Computer Based)
    60 (Revised Paper Test)
    IELTS (International English Language Testing System) 6
    ITEP (International test of English Proficiency) 4.5
    PTE (Pearson Test of English) 53
    Cambridge English Scale 168 (MA Education 185)
    GTEC CBT 1175

An international student who attends an NDNU-approved English as a Second Language School is eligible to opt out of the TOEFL requirement if he/she meets the minimum requirement of the TOEFL waiver agreement.

What is the deadline for applying to NDNU as an international student?

NDNU accepts applications for admission year round, but for international students the following dates are advisable:

If you have a current and Valid F-1 visa If you currently do NOT hold an F-1 visa
Fall Admission August 1 July 1
Spring Admission December 1 November 1
Summer Admission April 1 March 1


Note: Some graduate programs require an earlier application submission. For more information, please call 650-508-3600 or email

If I am admitted to NDNU, what do I do next?

If you are admitted to NDNU, you’ll need to do the following before we can process your I-20:

  1. Submit the International Decision Form to your admissions counselor and pay your required $600 International Enrollment Deposit (refundable only if your visa application is rejected). Instructions will be sent to you with your acceptance letter. If you prefer, you can pay your enrollment deposit online.
  2. Submit your International Certificate of Finances, along with required bank statements/financial documentation.
  3. If you are transferring your I-20 from another institution, you will also be required to fill out the NDNU I-20 Transfer Form and submit this to the DSO/International Services Office at your current institution.

Once you have completed these steps, the International Students Office will contact you regarding the creation of your NDNU I-20.

How soon will I get my I-20? What if I need to apply for a new student visa?

The International Students Office will create your I-20 after all required documents have been reviewed. Occasionally, we will ask you to submit additional documentation (extra bank statements, etc.), if your original documents were insufficient in any way.

Following submission of required documents, and review by the International Student Advisor, the International Students Office can usually create and send your I-20 within about two weeks. Please submit your documents as early as possible to ensure ample time to create your I-20 prior to the start of your program. This is particularly important if you are currently residing in your home country and need to apply for a new student visa before you travel to the United States.

For more information about applying for an F-1 visa, please contact the U.S. Embassy/Consular Office in your home country. Procedures and processing times can vary, so we encourage you to make an appointment as early as possible. You can find more information by visiting

For more pre-arrival information, please see our Arrival information page.

Is there an International Student Orientation for new students?

Yes—NDNU requires that all international students attend an International Orientation prior to the start of the first semester. This orientation is separate from the orientations conducted by the Campus Programs Office or individual departments.

The International Orientation also includes an English Assessment, which is required for all international students. Students needing additional English assistance will be advised to enroll in supplemental English language courses.

Those students who are not able to attend the International Orientation must make special arrangements with the International Students Office at 650-508-4176 or