International students may take an English language or academic proficiency test. Please choose one of the following tests and have the results sent directly to Northern State University by the testing center. TOEFL IBT (61-70 or above) / TOEFL PBT (525 or above) / IELTS (5.5 or above) / SAT (970 or above) School Code #6487 / ACT (18 or above) School Code #319
Send high school transcripts/diploma and English translation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailed official transcripts are required once you're admitted to NSU. Post-secondary school transcripts from foreign universities must have a catalog match evaluation from ECE WES. U.S. university transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Northern State University by U.S. postal mail.
If admitted to Northern State University, you will complete a Declaration of Finances form to ensure that you have the finances necessary to support your program. 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, please visit Study in the States.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Send your completed application packet to:
Stacey Schmidt, International Student Advisor
Northern State University
1200 South Jay Street
Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA 57401-7198
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.
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.
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.