Prepare for Life at UND
After you have been accepted to the University of North Dakota, you must start preparing for life at UND. Below are common concerns our international students have. If you have additional questions, please contact us.
You should apply for a visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country using the Letter of Admissions and an I-20 from UND. If you have been accepted by several U.S. colleges or universities, do not apply for your F-1 student visa until you decide which institution you want to attend. Please only use the UND I-20 form to apply for a visa and enter the U.S. if you are planning to attend UND.
Living on campus is a convenient option for international students. UND offers a variety of residence halls or apartment living arrangements. Visit the Housing Office website for more information and to apply for housing.
ELS Language Centers provides intensive English language instruction at the University of North Dakota and can provide you with the English skills necessary for academic success. The ELS Intensive English Programs are structured to accelerate your learning with maximum time in the classroom.
You are encouraged to enroll in ELS if you haven't acquired the minimum TOEFL score to be admitted to UND or if you need assistance in improving your language skills. ELS programs are offered on a monthly basis. See the ELS calendar for details.
International students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week during the semester and up to 40 hours per week during winter/spring break and summer. Find out more about on-campus jobs.
F-1/J-1 visa students are only eligible for on-campus jobs that are non-work study. Work Study jobs are a part of the federal financial aid program.
All international students are required to pay for mandatory student health insurance upon arrival to the university. The student is automatically billed for this health insurance. The health insurance premium for the 2014-2015 is $2,180 for one academic year.
The State of North Dakota policy requires documentation of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). Documentation of immunity means:
- Evidence of two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine no less than one month apart from a licensed physician or authorized representative of a state or local health department.
- Proof of a positive serologic test for measles, mumps, and rubella.
All newly admitted students ages 21 and younger must also provide documentation of a meningitis vaccination given after the 16th birthday.
Students are also required to complete the TB (Tuberculosis) Screening Form.
Documentation must be provided by August 1st for Fall semester or January 1st for Spring semester, or May 1st for Summer semester.
Visit UND Student Immunization Requirements for more information and the Mandatory Immunization and TB screening Forms/Instructions.