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Undergraduate Admissions

International Transfer Students

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Admission Standards

Admission decisions are made on the basis of information indicating your capabilities and achievements as a student and the likelihood of your success as a North Park student.

Demonstrated Academic Success

Transfer students must show a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for previous university credit earned.

English Proficiency

International students applying to North Park University must demonstrate their ability to pursue studies the English language by meeting North Park’s English language proficiency requirement. North Park accepts current TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge test scores, and also offers some exceptions for students who have studied previously in English or are from specific countries. Learn more.

Please have your test scores sent directly to North Park University by the testing agency using our school TOEFL code: 1556.

Academic Recommendation

A satisfactory recommendation from a current or previous teacher is required. If it is not possible to obtain such a recommendation, we will accept a recommendation from another person, such as an employer, a minister or pastor, or a coach. The recommender cannot be a relative or family member. You may submit several recommendations to strengthen your application.

Demonstrated Interest in North Park University

The essay, which is part of the application, provides an indication of your interest in North Park and the way in which North Park can help you meet your dreams and goals.

Financial Resources

In order to study at North Park University, international students must demonstrate they have sufficient financial resources to pay for expenses related to attendance, including tuition, room, board, books, personal expenses, and insurance. This proof is required in order to apply for a visa for studying in the United States.

In order to demonstrate your financial resources and obtain the required I-20 form from North Park, during the application process (below) you will submit:

  • A completed International Student Financial Resources Form (must download, print, and submit)
  • Official copies of bank statements showing available funds
  • Copies of letters from sponsors or other organizations who guarantee to provide scholarships of other funds

North Park may offer you an International Student Grant (scholarship), which may be included as a part of the plan to finance your education. International Student Grant awards are made following an admission decision. You may also be eligible for additional North Park scholarships; learn more.

Application for Admission Process

  1. Complete the online application, including:
    • The required essay
    • Academic and optional personal reference; instructions for this are included at the end of the online application
  2. Submit official school transcripts
      • Either in English or accompanied by an English translation
      • North Park reserves the right to require transcripts to be evaluated by a third party professional evaluator
      • North Park recommends One Earth Evaluations. They are very fast and North Park has a strong working relationship with the company.
      • For most students, a “General” Evaluation is sufficient.
      • If you think you are eligible for university credit for courses taken as a high school student or if you are transferring to North Park from an institution outside the US, a “Course by Course” evaluation may be to your advantage. Ask your North Park International Admission Counselor for advice.
  3. Provide proof of English proficiency
    • Submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or Cambridge test score; click here for instructions and information about exceptions
    • A writing sample, in addition to the required essay, is welcome and may be requested in some instances.
  4. Submit a copy of your passport and of a current U.S. visa (if you have one)
  5. Submit financial resources information; see details above


Important: Official academic transcripts and test results must be sent directly North Park. Submit your other required documents by uploading them to your online application or by emailing them to We strongly recommend submitting PDF versions of these documents.

Following Admission

  1. If you’re accepted for admission, you will receive:
    • A letter of acceptance
    • Notification of a financial aid award or grant, if awarded
    • The International Student handbook, which you should read and understand
    • An I-20 form from North Park University to be used in scheduling a visa appointment
  2. To accept the offer of admission, you must:
  3. You will need to either transfer a current F-1 visa to North Park or apply for a U.S. visa.
    (If you hold a different visa, contact our international recruiter, Michael Drake, at and explain your situation and the visa you hold. He will provide further guidance and instructions as needed.)

    • If you hold a current F-1 visa, you will need to complete a Transfer Visa Request Form and submit it to the international office at your current school. Download and print a copy of the form.
    • If you need to apply for a U.S. visa:
      • You take the first step to apply for a visa by paying the I-901 SEVIS fee online. Instructions will be included in yoru admission packet.
      • You’ll need to schedule a visa interview at your local American Embassy, allowing at least one week between payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee and the scheduling of your interview.
      • During your interview, you will need to present proof of payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee. You will also need to present other documents during your interview. See the International Student Handbook for details.
  4. Register for classes
    • Registration is open starting in mid-April for the fall semester (August) and in October for students enrolling in the spring semester (January).
    • We will send instructions about registering for classes after you have paid your tuition deposit and completed the housing forms.
  5. North Park meets all new international students at O’Hare or Midway airports if we know your arrival schedule. When you confirm arrangements to travel to the United States, complete and submit an International Arrival Form so we know when to expect you and can arrange to meet you at the airport.

After 125 years, we’ve learned how to streamline the process of helping qualified applicants seek admission to North Park and find affordable ways to attend. If you don’t see what you’re looking for on our website, please contact us directly.

If you have questions or need assistance with your application, please contact the Admissions office.

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