International Undergraduate Admission

What do I need to submit in order to apply?

  1. Apply using the Common Application.
  2. An essay (instructions appear in the application).
  3. Submit transcripts from all secondary schools and/or colleges and universities attended. All transcripts from secondary schools outside the United States must be officially translated into English. All transcripts from colleges and universities outside the United States must be evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. We accept evaluations from members of NACES and recommend WES.
  4. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.
  5. International students whose first language is not English are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. For the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, the minimum requirements is a score of 500 (paper-based total), 173 (computer-based total) or 61 (internet-based total). For the international English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, the minimum requirement is a score of 5.5 on the Academic test. Students submitting results from the TOEFL or IELTS are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. If an international applicant’s high school coursework was taught in English, he or she may submit SAT or ACT scores in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS.

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:

  • August 1: Fall Admission
  • December 1: Spring Admission
  • April 1: Summer Admission

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 students with a TOEFL score below 100 (iBT), an IELTS score below 7, and for students transferring from a language school. Students needing additional English assistance will be advised to enroll in supplemental English language courses.

The English assessment will be from 3-5 pm. Correspondence will be sent prior to the orientation date.
Those students who are not able to attend the International Orientation must make special arrangements with Remi Harada  at 650-508-4176 or