How to Apply
All international students must have satisfactorily completed, at minimum, secondary school (the equivalent of the American Grade 12) in order to enter undergraduate studies at North Park University. Get all the details.
The items listed below will help guide you through your transition into North Park University. The list is laid out step-by-step; you can start at the top as soon as you receive your acceptance letter, and some items must be completed before others can be started. Don’t hesitate to talk to your recruiter if anything is confusing or you need more information about a step.
The first thing we recommend doing is meet your future classmates through an exclusive Facebook group for newly admitted students. This group is a great place for you to learn more about the North Park experience, ask questions about the steps outlined below, and make some new friends before you even get to campus. Be sure to share your excitement about coming to North Park and use the hashtag #NewNorthParkers to connect with other students!
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This is the most important thing you need to do after you’re admitted to North Park University. Your network account is automatically created after you’re accepted, but you must confirm its activation so you can pay your tuition and housing deposits, register for classes, and access other campus resources.
To activate your account, have your new student ID number handy and head over to our account management web page.
(Your student ID number is located on your acceptance letter and sent to you via email shortly after you are accepted to the University.)
After you have paid your tuition deposit, you are eligible to register for classes. Beginning in mid-April (for the fall semester) or early November (for the spring), registration information will be sent to all eligible students. Contact your recruiter for more information about registration.
We are excited to have you join the North Park community. We need to know if you plan to live on campus or if you are an eligible commuter student. Review the guidelines and then select and complete either the online housing deposit and application or the commuter application. You can submit the housing deposit as early as you wish, but the application may not be available until later in the spring (for Fall admission) and you will not receive a housing assignment until after you register for classes. Learn more.
If you have received your I-20 or DS-2019 and it is marked initial attendance (I-20) or begin new program (DS-2019), you can begin the visa process. If you have not yet received an I-20 or DS-2019, please contact the international recruiter.
Step 1: Pay you the SEVIS Fee (Form I-901) by clicking HERE
- Your SEVIS ID will be printed on your I-20 or DS-2019 and begins with “N”
- Print a copy of your online receipt to have with you during your interview and for when you travel to the United States
Step 2: Apply for an F or J visa by clicking HERE
- Schedule your interview by visiting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for your country of residence. You can view wait times by clicking HERE
Prepare and bring to your visa interview the following:
- Passport valid for at least 6 months after your intended period of stay
- Form I-20 or DS-2019 signed in blue ink
- Acceptance letter
- DS-160 & I-901 receipts
- Proof of funding (updated bank statements)
- Be prepared to discuss WHY you are choosing to come to North Park
- Proof that you will return to your home country following the degree program
- Remain calm and answer honestly and openly
J-1 Visa Holders: The U.S. Department of State requires all J-1 visa holders to have adequate health insurance during their stay in the United States. Due to this requirement, North Park will automatically bill and enroll all J-1 visa holders in the North Park sponsored health insurance policy. You will have an opportunity to apply for a waiver if you have proof of insurance that meets the minimum standards set by the U.S. Department of State which are:
Type of Coverage Federal Minimum Required Insurance Coverage
Medical Benefits $100,000
Repatriation of Remains $25,000
Medical Evacuation $50,000
Deductible per accident or illness $500
F-1 Visa Holders: It is strongly encouraged that you purchase the health insurance policy offered by North Park, however, you are also able to request a waiver if you have proof of adequate health insurance that meets the minimums listed above.
North Park mails your first fall semester bill around July 1, and sends spring semester bills in early December. Students must pay their bills in full, or have an approved payment plan in place with Student Administrative Services, by the published deadline.
You cannot register for your second semester of classes until your first semester bill is settled (either paid in full or current in an approved payment plan). You can view and make payments on your bill online through Web Advisor (use your North Park network account to log in).
Immunization and Medical Information: After you have paid your tuition deposit, you’ll receive a healthcare form that you must complete and return to the University. This is due each year by July 15 (for the fall semester) or December 15 (for the spring). If you are participating on one our intercollegiate athletic teams, please complete the pre-participation packet.
North Park University is committed to creating a safe and nurturing community for all students. Take a moment to explore the may resources we make available to our students, from a nighttime shuttle service to a safety app for your smartphone. Both of these initiatives—and more—are part of our Safe Community initiatives.
Prior to each fall semester, we also provide two online programs with important information to keep you safe and healthy at North Park University. More information about these programs, AlcoholEdu for College and Haven—Understanding Sexual Assault, will be sent in the spring and summer. In the meantime, you can learn a little more.
All members of North Park’s community have rights and responsibilities. Make sure you know what is expected of you as a student—you’ll be held accountable to the standards laid out in the Student Handbook and University Catalog. Learn more.
Contact your recruiter for more information.
International Arrival Day for all new international students will be 9 January 2018. You will be able to check-in to the university and move into your dormitory. Please plan to arrive into Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) no later than 16.00 on 9 January . North Park will pick you up from the airport, so please submit your flight information by clicking HERE.
If you are an athlete participating in a fall sport, please contact your coach for specific arrival dates and times.
If you arrive in Chicago prior to 9 January, you will be responsible for arranging your own accommodations until 9 January and getting yourself to campus for check-in.
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.
Employment as a Student
International and exchange students may be able to work on campus while attending North Park, or may qualify for off-campus employment under specific circumstances. Read more about these options, including Curricular Practical Training (CPT) policies and procedures.
Scandinavian & Norwegian 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.
Contact International Admissions
Contact our undergraduate international recruiter, Michael Drake, with questions about the application, our English proficiency requirements, or what life will be like in Chicago and at North Park. He will help you find the answers you need so you can get off to a great start at the University.