Requirements & Application
Join nearly 1,000 international students who chose 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.
- A completed Graduate School application.
- A $35 application fee, which is required of all applicants and will not be waived for any reason.
- 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.
- 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.
To demonstrate that you possess this advanced proficiency in English, you must have any one of the following:
- A Bachelor's degree or higher from a recognized institution in the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Jamaica, Australia, New Zealand or English-speaking Canada,
- An overall band score of 6.0 on the IELTS.
- A satisfactory score on the 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 complete the ELSLanguage Centers 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