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What is an International Student?
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.

Graduate New Applicant — 5 Steps

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Just 5 Steps

If you wish to enroll in a graduate program offered at a National American University campus in the United States approved to host F-1 students, please complete the following steps and provide the requested information.

Step 2
Evidence of post-secondary education
  • Copies of all undergraduate transcript(s) which include(s) all courses pertinent to receiving the bachelor's degree in addition to the Official evaluated record from a NACES or AICE member, see below.
  • All records must be submitted to a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) member or AICE member approved credential evaluation service following the requirements listed by the evaluator. The original report should be sent directly to the NAU location where you intend to enroll before the start date.

SEND TO
National American University
Attention: Registrar
5301 Mount Rushmore Road
Rapid City, SD 57701

Step 3
English proficiency

Demonstrate proficiency in English through satisfaction of one of the following requirements.

  1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

    Below is a breakdown of accepted scores of each format:

    TEST SCORE
    TOEFL (Paper-based) 550
    TOEFL (Computer-based) 213
    TOEFL (Internet-based) 70
    IELTS 5 (Overall average)

    OR

  2. 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.
  3. OR

  4. Provide evidence of English language proficiency by completing the English assessment exam, Accuplacer ESL, with minimum scores in the following categories:
    1. Reading skills of 102 or higher
    2. Sentence meaning of 100 or higher
    3. Language usage of 95 or higher
    4. Writing sample of 5 or higher
  5. OR

  6. Evidence that English was the classroom language for the majority of the schoolwork for students from English-speaking countries.
Step 4
International financial certification

Complete the International Financial Certification Form and return it with a bank statement issued within the last 3 months.


Below are the estimated graduate student expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year.

  Resident at Home
with relatives
 
Non-Resident
Graduate Tuition* $17,964 $17,964
Books and Fees** $2,000 $2,000
Room & Board** $2,756 $7,882
Transportation** $350 $350
Personal Expenses** $1,352 $1,352
Total** $24,422 $29,548

*Amounts are based on 9 credit hours per term. Detailed information regarding tuition and fees at National American University is available on the website and through the admissions office.

**Estimated expenses may vary based on location.

Step 5
Copy of passport

Provide a copy of your passport and the passports of your spouse or children who will be eligible visa dependents. Each passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of application.

Transfer from another institution

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If you are an F-1 student and seeking to transfer from another U.S. institution to NAU, you will need to submit the following documents to the International office.

  1. Complete the requirements in the Graduate New Applicant section.
  2. Provide copies of the following documents:
    1. International student Transfer-In Information form completed by an international student advisor from the student's current institution.
    2. Copy of U.S. admission stamp in passport for applicant and for any eligible dependent spouse or children (F-2). The validity date must list "D/S" (Duration of Status).
    3. Copy or I-94 (If arrived by land) or print out of electronic I-94 record (if arrived by air) from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94 for applicant and for any eligible dependent spouse or children (F-2). The validity date must list "D/S" (Duration of Status).
    4. Copy of F-1 visa for applicant and for any eligible dependent spouse or children (F-2).
    5. Copy of I-20s from current and any previous schools for applicant and any eligible dependent (F-2).

Change of Status

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If you are requesting a change of status and you meet the admission requirements listed under the Graduate New Applicant section above. National American University will issue the Form I-20 for the term you request in your application. However, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has special rules about the expiration of your current status and when the F-1 program should start, which may impact the USCIS's decision.

It is your responsibility to ensure you meet USCIS's requirements. We advise that you seek the assistance of an experienced attorney. National American University is not responsible for a denial by USCIS. You can review the instructions for Form I-539 section on the USCIS website for more information: https://www.uscis.gov/i-539

  1. Complete the requirements in the Graduate New Applicant section.
  2. Provide copies of the following documents:
    1. Copy of U.S. admission stamp in passport for applicant and for any eligible dependent spouse or children (F-2). The validity date cannot be expired.
    2. Copy or I-94 (If arrived by land) or print out of electronic I-94 record (if arrived by air) from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94 for applicant and for any eligible dependent spouse or children (F-2). The validity date cannot be expired.
    3. Copy of visa for applicant and for any eligible dependent spouse or children.
    4. Completed Form I-539. Download form: https://www.uscis.gov/i-539

Concurrent enrollment

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If you have an F-1 visa and would like your SEVIS record to remain at another institution but would like to take some classes at National American University, you will need to provide the following to the International office (add hyperlink to the contact us under graduate admissions):

  1. Copy of current I-20
  2. Letter from the International student advisor/DSO at their current institution must be submitted to NAU's international office.

Degree programs

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National American University offers a wide range of programs. You can browse all programs offered below by selecting different programs, campuses and degree levels.

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*Program offerings vary by location. Contact NAU for more information.

Campus Locations

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The below campuses are approved to host F-1 students, you can choose from these locations and travel during terms to experience different state cultures.

Campus Address State
Colorado Springs 1915 Jamboree Drive  Suite 185, Colorado Springs, CO 80920 Colorado
Overland Park 10310 Mastin St., Overland Park, KS 66212 Kansas
Wichita 7309 E 21st Street Suite G40, Wichita, KS 67206 Kansas
Bloomington 7801 Metro Parkway, Suite 200  Bloomington, MN  55425 Minnesota
Brooklyn Center 6200 Shingle Creek Parkway Suite 130, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430 Minnesota
Roseville 1550 W. Highway 36, Roseville, MN 55113 Minnesota
Independence 3620 Arrowhead Avenue, Independence, MO 64057 Missouri
Albuquerque 4775 Indian School Road NE Suite 200, Albuquerque, NM  87110 New Mexico
Rapid City 5301 Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City, SD 57701 South Dakota
Sioux Falls 5801 S. Corporate Place, Sioux Falls, SD  57108 South Dakota
Austin North 13801 Burnet Road Suite 300, Austin, TX  78727 Texas

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