International Student Applicants

International applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for admission (a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent or a master’s degree or its equivalent). Applicants must provide additional credentials to satisfy U.S. immigration regulations.

International students must provide the following:

  • Completed International Student Application for Admission.
  • Application fee through bank draft, money order or credit card made payable in U.S. funds for $50.
  • Official, original transcripts from any colleges or universities attended. These documents must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the College of Graduate Studies. Certified translations are required for any documentation not originally in English.
  • Students must submit all non-U.S. academic records to Education Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). A submission form is available at the ECE Web site at www.ece.org. The original, completed ECE evaluation must be sent to the College of Graduate Studies.
  • Proof of an adequate level of English language proficiency must be provided. Generally, proof of English proficiency is a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 213 (computer-based test). Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency.
  • Documentation that they have the ability to finance their education at Northern Michigan University. This is accomplished by completing the Certification of Finances form and providing the original copy of either the bank official’s signature on that section or a separate letter from the bank official or a bank account statement.
  • Submit official scores in a standardized test (GRE, GMAT, MAT) if required for admission to the selected degree programs.
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons knowledgeable about the academic abilities of the student.

Applications from international students whose qualifications meet the minimum standards of the College of Graduate Studies and who have met all the requirements for admission listed above will be referred to the academic department in which they wish to study for further review. Once a student is admitted, NMU will issue an I-20AB form to the student.

All F1 non-Canadian students must purchase the university approved health insurance policy as a condition of registration and must continue this coverage at all times in order to maintain enrollment. The annual cost of the insurance program is added to the fee statement and is payable during registration.

Once an international student is registered and has arrived at Northern Michigan University, he or she must contact the International Affairs Office at 906-227-2510 and speak to the international student adviser. All new international students are required to participate in a special ongoing orientation program during their first semester of enrollment (fall and winter semesters only).