International Students

Start your journey here.
At Northern, you have access to an affordable American education in a welcoming, supportive environment.

Read about Northern in your language!

Chinese                                           

Admission Process
1
Complete Application

Complete your application at apply.sdbor.edu and follow the instructions on how to pay the $20 non-refundable application fee.

Or, submit a completed application form and a receipt for the $20 non-refundable application fee to international@northern.edu.

2
Submit Test Score

Take one of the following academic or English proficiency tests and ask the testing center to send your results to Northern State University.

TOEFL IBT (61-70 or above) School Code #6487  

IELTS (5.5 or above) 

SAT (970 or above) School Code #6487 

ACT (18 or above) School Code #3169

3
Submit Transcripts

Send high school transcript/marks sheet to international@northern.edu. If necessary, include a copy that has been professionally translated to English.

Mailed official transcripts are required upon admission.

Transcripts from foreign universities must have a catalog match evaluation from ECE or WES

U.S. college transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Northern by mail or through Parchment

4
Visa Compliance

If admitted to Northern, you will complete a Declaration of Finances

Proving your financial ability to support your program is a requirement to obtain an I-20 Form of Eligibility for the F1 Student Visa. 

Once you receive your Acceptance Pack, you may apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. 

For more information, please visit Study in the States

1
Complete Application

Complete the online application and upload a copy of your high school and/or university transcripts, translated to English, test scores, Declaration of Finances, and financial statements, and a copy of your passport. 

2
Get Conditional Admission

If you are applying for conditional admission, make sure you indicate this on the application. Completion of the Intensive English Program will satisfy all testing requirements for admission to an undergraduate degree program.

3
Submit Test Scores

If you have tested for TOEFL or IELTS, upload your score to determine placement and eligibility for the International Student Transition Scholarship ($1,500) during your first year at NSU. 

4
Get Your Visa

Once you receive your I-20 SEVIS document from NSU, apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information and assistance with your student visa, please visit Study in the States.

1
Contact Your University

Contact your home university coordinator and fill out all necessary home university application forms. Completed applications will be processed in the order they are received. Note that the application process is approximately 2-4 weeks long.

2
Complete NSU Forms

Complete the following NSU forms:

Exchange Student Application Form

Immunization form

Declaration of Finances Form and bank statement (showing proof of funds)

Online Housing Application and $75 room deposit.

Then, upload your English official transcript of university courses.

 

3
Send Application Packet

Send your completed application packet to:

Stacey Schmidt, International Student Advisor

Box 1082

Northern State University

1200 South Jay Street

Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA 57401-7198

4
Obtain Visa and Make Travel Arrangements

Your home university coordinator will receive your acceptance letter, finance guarantee statement and I-20 document.  Apply for a student visa at the U.S. Embassy in your country.  Pay all the fees associated with the visa process. Email your travel schedule so we can arrange to pick you up at the airport.

1
Admission Requirements

Transfer students with 24 or more credit hours are eligible for admission if they have a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, and are in good standing with the most recently attended college or university. High school performance will also be considered for applicants with fewer than 24 credit hours. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis.

2
Transferring

If you are transferring from a South Dakota public university (BHSU, USD, SDSU, DSU or SDSM&T) and have attended within the past three semesters (including summer) there is no application fee and no need to send transcripts.

EducationUSA
EducationUSA is a network of advising centers in 170 countries, where millions of international students each year find accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities.
 
The EducationUSA network is supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and they assist international students with researching options, finding financial aid, applying to schools, applying for a student visa, and preparing for departure to the United States.