INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 2017-11-17T12:04:31+00:00

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Freshman international students must have completed a recognized secondary program comparable to U.S. high school graduation, and have academic records comparable to those required to meet the freshman admission criteria. Admission decisions for freshman international students must be made in accordance with recommendations in nationally recognized publications. Students should have at least completed a program of study that would recommend them for admission to a university in their country.

Transfer international students must have completed a recognized secondary program and meet transfer admission criteria. Must complete a college level mathematics course designated to fulfill core requirements, and cannot require developmental English.

Graduate international students must have earned the equivalency of a Bachelor’s Degree or higher. Official evaluations of Bachelor’s degree and all graduate level work is required. Evaluations must include an overall cumulative grade point average. Graduate international applicants who are interested in Nursing, Education, or Psychology must first ascertain if they qualify for the programs. Please contact the Graduate School at 318-357-5851 to inquire regarding licenses you may have or need prior to enrolling in a graduate program.

DEADLINES TO APPLY

  • July 1st, if you are applying for the Fall Semester (to start in August). Failure to submit all requirements by July 1st will delay admission until next semester.
  • November 1st, if you are applying for the Spring Semester (to start in January). Failure to submit all requirements by November 1st will delay admission until next semester.

Because of the time required to obtain a student visa after admission is granted, applying early, before the deadline, is highly recommended.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS- DEGREE-SEEKING

    • Complete the Application for Admission Form
    • Submit Proof of English Proficiency. International students for whom English is a second language are required to demonstrate college level English skills by submitting proof of English Proficiency. This is not required for students whose native language is English, or from applicants who are transferring from another college or university from within the United States.We accept the following minimum scores:
      • TOEFL: Paper-based 500; computer-based 173; internet-based 61.
      • IELTS: 5.5
      • Completed Level 9 with The Language Company (TLC)
    • Submit Official Transcripts. Submit Evaluation of Foreign Credentials from an approved US Evaluation Agency (See list of approved evaluators), and/or official transcript from ALL US University/College(s).
      • If you are applying as a freshman student, request a ‘document-by-document with GPA- cumulative final grade point average’ evaluation.
      • If you are applying as a transfer student, you must request ‘course-by-course evaluation’.
    • Submit ACT or SAT scores. Submit official scores submitted directly from ACT or SAT. ACT (act.org), SAT (www.collegeboard.com). School Codes for Northwestern State University, ACT: 1600, SAT: 6942.Minimum scores accepted for admission are as follow:
      • ACT: 18 English, 19 Math.
      • SAT: 450 Verbal, 460 Math.
    • Complete and Submit the following forms:
      • Financial Certification Form
      • Immunization Form & Health Form. Or request for exemption.
      • Educational Background Survey Form
    • Submit Copy of Passport
    • Submit your complete admission packet to the International Student Resource Center
  • Submit copy of VISA upon arrival at the university

GRADUATE STUDENTS DEGREE-SEEKING

Students applying for a graduate program must submit:

    • Request an application packet to the International Student Resource Center at international@nsula.edu. There will be a $30 non-refundable application fee
    • Complete the Application for Admission Form
    • Submit official GRE scores
    • Submit 2 letters of recommendation
    • Submit official college transcripts evaluation by an approved evaluator agency
    • Submit Proof of English Proficiency
    • Submit Financial Certification Form
    • Submit Immunization Form & Health Form. Or request for exemption.
    • Submit Educational Background Survey Form
    • Submit Copy of passport
    • Submit your complete admission packet to the International Student Resource Center office
  • Submit Copy of VISA upon arrival at the university

SEVIS transfer: If you are transferring from another university or college within the US, please request that your SEVIS record be transferred to Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, LA after you have been fully admitted.

UNDERGRADUATE INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE STUDENTS (1 SEMESTER – 1 YEAR EXCHANGE)

    • Complete the Application for Admission Form
    • Complete Immunization Records Form or Request for Exemption Form
    • Complete Financial Certification Form
    • Complete Health Record Form
    • Complete Educational Background Survey Form
    • Submit Copy of Passport
    • Submit your complete admission packet to the International Student Resource Center office.
  • Submit copy of VISA upon arrival at the university

NO I-20 WILL BE ISSUED UNTIL THE ABOVE INFORMATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED, EVALUATED AND THE APPLICANT HAS BEEN FULLY ADMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY.

ON-LINE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

On-line only International students seeking admission for a 100% online program, must:

    • Request an application packet to the International Student Resource Center at international@nsula.edu. There will be a $30 non-refundable application fee.
    • Complete the Application for Admission Form
    • Submit Proof of English proficiency
    • Submit Evaluation of Foreign Credentials from an approved US Evaluation Agency. Grade point Average (GPA) should be included.
    • Submit Official ACT or SAT scores from ACT/SAT for undergraduates
  • Submit Official GRE scores from ETS for graduate students

ON-LINE ONLY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ISSUED AN I-20, AND DO NOT NEED A VISA TO ENROLL IN A 100% ONLINE PROGRAM.