International Students

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As an international student, living in a different country with different people and learning a different language can be a very tough process to go through. NSU makes that process easy and enjoyable by being there for students, helping them become involved and providing a great experience that they will learn from and always remember.€

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Admission Process
Complete Application

Complete your application online at or mail a completed application form and $20 non-refundable application fee to NSU International Admissions.

Submit Test Score

International students may take an English language or academic proficiency test. Please choose one of the following tests and have the results sent directly to Northern State University by the testing center. TOEFL IBT (61-70 or above) / TOEFL PBT (525 or above) / IELTS (5.5 or above) / SAT (970 or above) School Code #6487 / ACT (18 or above) School Code #319


Submit Transcripts

Send high school transcripts/diploma and English translation to Mailed official transcripts are required once you're admitted to NSU. Post-secondary school transcripts from foreign universities must have a catalog match evaluation from ECE WES. U.S. university transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to Northern State University by U.S. postal mail.

Declare Finances and Obtain Visa

If admitted to Northern State University, you will complete a Declaration of Finances form to ensure that you have the finances necessary to support your program.  Once you receive your I-20 SEVIS document from NSU, apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information, please visit Study in the States

Complete Application

Complete the online application and upload a copy of your high school and/or university transcripts, translated to English, test scores, Declaration of Finances, and financial statements, and a copy of your passport. 

Get Conditional Admission

If you are applying for conditional admission, make sure you indicate this on the application. Completion of the Intensive English Program will satisfy all testing requirements for admission to an undergraduate degree program.

Submit Test Scores

If you have tested for TOEFL or IELTS, upload your score to determine placement and eligibility for the International Student Transition Scholarship ($1,500) during your first year at NSU. 

Get Your Visa

Once you receive your I-20 SEVIS document from NSU, apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information and assistance with your student visa, please visit Study in the States.

Contact Your University

Contact your home university coordinator and fill out all necessary home university application forms. Completed applications will be processed in the order they are received. Note that the application process is approximately 2-4 weeks long.

Complete NSU Forms

Complete the following NSU forms:

Exchange Student Application Form

Immunization form

Declaration of Finances Form and bank statement (showing proof of funds)

Online Housing Application and $75 room deposit.

Then, upload your English official transcript of university courses.


Send Application Packet

Send your completed application packet to:

Stacey Schmidt, International Student Advisor

Box 1082

Northern State University

1200 South Jay Street

Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA 57401-7198

Obtain Visa and Make Travel Arrangements

Your home university coordinator will receive your acceptance letter, finance guarantee statement and I-20 document.  Apply for a student visa at the U.S. Embassy in your country.  Pay all the fees associated with the visa process. Email your travel schedule so we can arrange to pick you up at the airport.

Admission Requirements

Transfer students with 24 or more credit hours are eligible for admission if they have a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, and are in good standing with the most recently attended college or university. High school performance will also be considered for applicants with fewer than 24 credit hours. Each applicant is considered on an individual basis.


If you are transferring from a South Dakota public university (BHSU, USD, SDSU, DSU or SDSM&T) and have attended within the past three semesters (including summer) there is no application fee and no need to send transcripts.

EducationUSA is a network of advising centers in 170 countries, where millions of international students each year find accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities.
The EducationUSA network is supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and they assist international students with researching options, finding financial aid, applying to schools, applying for a student visa, and preparing for departure to the United States.