Located in one of the most ethnically diverse zip codes in the United States, North Park University in Chicago encourages all our students to explore the world that is at our doorstep. Students come from across the United States and more than 40 countries around the world, enriching classroom discussion and community life with many perspectives on faith, culture, and learning. International students benefit from the University’s close-knit community that helps to develop deep friendships, as well as easy access to the rest of the city using Chicago’s public transit system. Our campus is also easily accessible from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, national bus and train systems, and by car.
International students are welcome to pursue an undergraduate degree or to come as part of a one-semester or year-long exchange program. Our International Office assists students in adjusting to life in the United States and in maintaining their F-1 or J-1 visa status. (However, the University cannot guarantee that students will obtain a visa to study in the U.S.)
All international students must have satisfactorily completed, at minimum, the equivalent of the American Grade 12 in order to enter undergraduate studies at North Park University. If you have completed university-level work abroad or at American colleges, you may also earn transfer credit toward a North Park bachelor's degree. Get all the details.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
International students applying to North Park University must meet our English proficiency requirement. We accept current TOEFL and IELTS test scores, and also offers some exceptions for students who have studied previously in English or are from specific countries. Learn more.
Scandinavian Transfer Students
Undergraduate students coming from Scandinavian countries with transfer credit should review these specific details on transcript evaluation, scholarships, and academic policies. We have information for Scandinavian students, as well as additional details for Norwegian transfer students.
SVF College Line
With more than 300 alumni in the United States and Europe, North Park’s exchange program with Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (SVF) in Jönköping, Sweden, is one of the oldest college exchange opportunities between the two countries. This opportunity for Swedish students to study in the U.S. also makes it easy to complete a North Park undergraduate degree quickly and affordably. Learn more.
How to Apply
North Park University’s convenient online application makes it easy for you to start and finish an application as an international student, whether you plan to be here for one semester, one year, or to complete your bachelor’s degree with us. Learn how to apply.