Requirements & Application
As of March 18, 2020, the United States State Department has decided to suspend routine visa services in all countries with a level 2, 3 or 4 U.S. Department of State travel advisory in response to concerns with COVID-19. This may affect your nearest U.S. Embassy and/or consulate in its ability to provide visa services for your country. If you wish to check the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate's operating status, visit usembassy.gov for further information.
We understand that this presents a challenge for those of you wishing to apply for a visa in the near future. It's our hope that this suspension of services will be lifted and/or adjusted so that more future UND students may apply for their visas in order to begin their studies at UND. If you've already received your visa, this suspension of services should not affect you.
Join nearly 1,000 international students who choose to study at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.
Our active and diverse international community represents more than 85 countries.
International Admission Process
The admission process at UND is different for undergraduate and graduate students. If you're from Canada, you will follow the same admissions requirements and complete the same application form as students from the United States.
Undergraduate Admission Requirements
All forms are to be filled out in English and typewritten.
1. Complete Mandatory Immunizations and TB Screening
All required immunizations and TB screenings must be completed and submitted.
2. Send Official Records
Send certified copies of official records from each secondary or middle school, university and/or professional school attended to the Office of Admissions. These records should cover the entire secondary school, university and/or professional school period, not just the latest institution attended. Your application will not be considered until your secondary school records are in our office.
Official transcripts can be submitted electronically using any credentialing service (Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, EScript-Safe, ND eTranscript) or by physical mail.
Applicants from Chinese institutions may request and submit official transcripts directly through CHESICC. Request are processed by CHESICC and will be sent electronically to the Office of Admissions. Do not submit a paper copy of your transcript if you have requested transcripts through CHESICC.
3. Apply Online and Pay $35 Application Fee
Complete the Online Application for Undergraduate Admission for International Applicants. We recommend using Google Chrome when completing the application.
The $35 (U.S. funds) application fee must be paid before the application will be processed. This payment can be made online when completing the online application.
- Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, or Discover
- Wire payment in your home currency via our secure online payment option, Flywire.You will have the option to select a "Payment Type" of "UND Application Fee."
4. Complete Statement of Financial Responsibility
Complete one of the Certificate of Finances forms:
If you plan to enter the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you are required to certify that you will have adequate financial support for your program of study. Complete support for your entire time of study at UND must be provided. Form I-20 or DS-2019 cannot be issued until you have completed this form satisfactorily and returned it to the Office of Admissions at admissions@UND.edu. Information provided must be no more than 6 months old at the time of enrollment.
5. Provide Evidence of English Proficiency
Your application cannot be considered unless you can give evidence of a command of both written and spoken English, adequate for the successful pursuit of University courses conducted entirely in English. Any student, whose first language is not English, must take this test in order to be considered for admission.
The Institution Code for UND is 6878.
For undergraduate studies, the minimum test scores required are:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - 525 (paper based - PBT); - 195 (computer based - CBT); - 71 (Internet based- iBT). Test scores must be sent to UND Undergraduate Admissions.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System)-6.0
- PERS A (Pearson Test of English)-50
Or completion of ELS Language Centers' Intensive Level 112, to be sent directly from the College Entrance Exam Board.
Admitted by Deadlines
Students from all countries, other than Canada
Fall Semester (August - December) - June 15
Spring Semester (January - May) - November 15
Summer Session (May - August) - March 15
Students from Canada and international students transferring from another U.S. institution
Fall Semester (August - December) - July 15
Spring Semester (January - May) - December 15
Summer Session (May - August) - April 15
Applications must be completed with all documentation submitted and verified by the deadline in order to ensure full consideration for admission.
Graduate Admissions Requirements
In order to complete the application, you will be required to submit the following items before being considered for admission. All forms are to be filled out in English and typewritten.
1. Complete Your Grad School Application
- A completed Graduate School application is necessary
- Pay a $35 application fee, which is required of all applicants and will not be waived for any reason.
2. Submit Official Records and Documents
- Two complete sets of official transcripts (one with English translation) for all undergraduate and graduate work attempted.
- Official copy of your diploma or degree certificate (if you have already received your degree).
- Three letters of reference.
- Statement of purpose.
- Required English test scores (TOEFL scores older than two years are not valid and will not be accepted). All test scores must be sent directly by ETS.
3. Complete Statements of Financial Responsibility
- Certification of Finances form or letter of sponsorship (accompanied by a certified bank statement).
If you plan to enter the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 student visa, you are required to certify that you will have adequate financial support for your program of study at the University of North Dakota. Complete support for your entire time of study at UND must be provided. Form I-20 or DS-2019 cannot be issued until you have completed this form satisfactorily and returned it to the International Center. Information provided must be no more than six months old at the time of enrollment.
A photocopy of your passport is recommended, but not required at this time. Please send to the International Center.
4. Provide Evidence of English Proficiency
All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they'll be considered for approved admission status. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for approved admission status until the English Language Proficiency requirement has been met. The English Proficiency requirement will not by waived for any reason.
This requirement may be satisfied in any of the following ways:
- A bachelor's degree or higher from a recognized institution where English is the primary language of instruction in the United States and U.S. Territories, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), England, Ireland, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Scotland, Wales, Commonwealth Caribbean or New Zealand.
- An overall band score of at least 6.0 on the IELTS.
- A satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), which depends upon the type of TOEFL taken:
- Paper-based TOEFL (PBT), you must score at least 550
- Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), you must score at least 76 (Some programs below require additional and/or higher scores on the TOEFL to be considered for admission.)
- Or successfully completing the English Language Service (ELS) Language Center's Intensive Level 112.
To be considered for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship, a Speaking subtest score of 26/30 is required on the TOEFL.
Because we want all our students to excel from the very first day of their studies, all applicants (degree-seeking, certificate-seeking and non-degree seeking) must meet these requirements. We will not waive this requirement for any reason.
The Institution Code for UND is 6878.
Application / Admissions Deadlines
Fall (August - December) Admission - May 1
Spring (January - May) Admission - September 1
Summer (May - August) Admission - February 1
Please note that some of our programs have specific application deadlines. Please see deadlines listed on Program Finder.
Applications must be completed by the deadline in order to ensure full consideration for admission and financial assistance.
Please direct all international admissions documentation and inquiries to:
University of North Dakota
Office of Admissions
3501 University Ave Stop 8357
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8357
United States of America
Tel: (00 +1) 701.777.3000
Fax: (00 +1) 701.777.2721