International Students

Northwest Christian University welcomes applications from students of other countries. Applicants who are not resident aliens or citizens of the United States are considered for admission as international students.


NCU loves international students! Below you will find information on everything you need to know before you arrive in the US. If you have any questions about your immigration documents or preparing for your arrival, our Admission Counselors are here to help. Recent International Students have joined us from Brazil, Denmark, China, Mexico, Romania, El Salvador, South Korea, and Canada.

International Application Process

  1. Submit a Free Online Application
  2. Submit Official Transcripts
  3. Demonstrate English Proficiency
  4. Submit a letter of Recommendation
  5. Provide documentation of financial support
  6. Interview with an Admissions Committee as applicable

 

TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION PROCESS

Official transcripts for all secondary or high schools, colleges and universities must be evaluated by an approved international credentialing service. Please submit official transcripts to the World Education Services (WES). This evaluation will take approximately two to four weeks so please plan accordingly. Documents sent directly to the university without evaluation are considered unofficial and will not be acceptable for an admissions decision.

English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit official exam results demonstrating English proficiency. We accept the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS with minimum passing scores as follows:

Computer-based TOEFL: 173
Paper-based TOEFL: 550
Internet-based TOEFL: 80
ACT Composite: 19
SAT Composite: 900
IELTS: 6.0

Students wishing to use the American English Institute or English as a Second Language program completion to demonstrate English proficiency will need to provide NCU with official transcripts from the program.

International Student Scholarship

An undergraduate International Student Scholarship of $12,000 is awarded to international students who provide a recommendation letter from a leader in their church or community. This scholarship is in place of academic scholarships. International Students do not qualify for the domestic student academic & leadership scholarship model.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT DOCUMENTATION

According to the U.S. government, all applicants must demonstrate they have sufficient funds to pay tuition costs and living expenses while at NCU. As a part of the application process, international applicants must submit current and reliable documentation of their ability to pay the full cost of education and living expenses for the entire degree program. You must send a bank statement or certificate of balance prepared within the last six months or a scholarship letter with your application as proof of our financial resources. Financial documentation & admission to the university is required to receive an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility).

Admitted Students: Next Steps

First time students: Your Next Steps

  • Submit copy of your valid passport
  • Submit financial documentation- proof of financial support. This includes official bank statements, sponsorship letters and financial certification form
  • Confirm mailing address with NCU Office of Admissions for I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) mailing
  • Pay your SEVIS Fee- You will need to do this prior to having your Visa Interview Appointment
  • Apply for F-1 Visa & set up an appointment at your closes US Embassy
  • Submit NCU Enrollment Forms
  • Submit Tuition Deposit – $200 tuition deposit & $100 housing fee

Transfer students from current US Institutions: Your Next Steps

  • Submit copy of your valid passport
  • Submit copy of your current I-20 & Visa
  • Submit financial documentation- proof of financial support. This includes official bank statements, sponsorship letters and financial certification form
  • Confirm mailing address with NCU Office of Admissions for I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) mailing
  • When you have completed the last courses at your current institution, request the transfer of your SEVIS record for NCU to gain access and issue you a new I-20
  • Let NCU know if you will be traveling out of the US prior to starting school to request a travel signature
  • Submit NCU Enrollment Forms
  • Submit Tuition Deposit – $200 tuition deposit & $100 housing fee

WHERE TO SUBMIT APPLICATION MATERIALS

Office of Admissions
Northwest Christian University
828 East 11th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
United State

Payment Information

International Students are required to submit a tuition deposit to secure their spot prior to class registration through NCU’s Admitted Student Page. International students will also be required to make a payment prior to entering the country towards their first semester tuition. This should be done via wire transfer or payment through a US bank account. Contact the Business office by emailing Darcy Nolte for the wire transfer instructions to make your first payment.

Getting Started Information

Read through our International Student Welcome Guide for more information about NCU, Eugene, and traveling to the United States.

Preparing for Departure

  • Travel with your passport, visa and I-20  in your carry-on luggage. You will be inspected at the port of entry before you claim your checked baggage.
  • Keep the things that are important to you such as prescription eye glasses, a bilingual dictionary, and medication etc. in your carry-on luggage.
  • To avoid unnecessary delays, make sure your ticket is confirmed at least one month before the day you are required to arrive.
  • Government-sponsored students and those sponsored by private organizations should work together with their sponsors every step of the way.
  • Arrive at the airport about three hours before the intended flight & make sure your schedule allows sufficient time for connecting flights.
  • Carry sufficient money for unexpected expenses or events, such as missing your flight. You may also want to carry an extra change of clothing in your carry-on luggage in case of unexpected delays.
  • Bring snacks, you will want them for any delays in flights and once you arrive to the US as your body adjusts to the time change.
  • Learn about US Healthcare
  • Learn about the transition into life at NCU in Eugene, Oregon.

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