International Students

Students for whom English is not the native language are required to take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System).*



Required Score

APP (Undergraduate)


80 - with a minimum of 20 on each section

APP (Undergraduate) Duolingo A score of 95 or higher on the Duolingo examination.

APP (Undergraduate)





85 - with a minimum of 22 on writing and speaking and no score lower than 20




* Admission to the Education Department requires an interview via Skype or telephone.

International students are required to submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended in the United States. International students applying to NNU may be requested to have their high school and/or college transcripts evaluated by a transcript evaluation service. If you are requested to have your transcripts evaluated we will accept an evaluation by any international transcript evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). More information can be found at

If a student has completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution within the United States, or has completed at least 30 credits in such an institution, the TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived. 


F-1 post-secondary students have a number of requirements they must abide by to remain compliant:

F-1 /J-1 undergraduate students at a college or university must take at least 12 credit hours per term. 
F-1 /J-1 students in postgraduate programs at a college, university, conservatory or seminary must take a full course of study as certified by the institution.
An online, or distance learning, course for the purpose of international student regulations means a course that is primarily offered through technology and does not require the student's physical attendance for classes, examinations or other purposes integral to completion of the class.
Only one online or distance learning class can count toward a full course of study for an F-1/J-1 student during each term or semester.

Undergraduate Example 1: 12 credits is a full course of study. Nine (9) credits should be face to face. Three (3) credits could be distance or online per session (semester).  

Undergraduate Example 2: If a student is taking up to 18 credits, 15 could be face to face and three distance or online. A petition for an extra online course is needed for all students taking more than one online course per semester. An international student could take a second online course as long as they have at least nine credits face to face. 

Graduate Programs Example: Six (6) credits are typical for a full course of study. Three (3) or more should be face to face. Three (3) could be distance or online per session.