Dec 02, 2023  
NCU Catalog - July 2021 (Amended) 
NCU Catalog - July 2021 (Amended) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Basis for Admission Requirements

All prospective students with internationally awarded degrees must provide the following documentation to meet official basis for admission to the University:

  • English proficiency
  • An official credential evaluation that meets the following requirements:
    • Evaluation completed by an approved credential evaluation agency
    • Submitted to NCU in a sealed envelope from the agency or via secure email delivery to
    • Degree level
    • Program of study or major and U.S. equivalency statement
    • Degree conferral date
    • With information that matches that of the prospective student (e.g., birthdate, name, passport, etc.)

Note: Name change documentation is required if a prospective student’s name differs from the name that is listed on official documentation from approved credential evaluation agency.

International Provisional Basis for Admission

The University will provisionally accept internationally awarded degrees as the basis for admission provided an unofficial degree equivalency evaluation from a NCU-approved credential evaluation agency is provided.

During the enrollment process, NCU will work with an applicant to determine which approved credential evaluation may be recommended for their personal situation. A list of University approved credential evaluation agencies can be found on

All official transcript evaluations completed by approved credential evaluation agencies are due 180 days after the start of the student’s first course. An official credential evaluation is defined as being received:

  • In a sealed envelope from the agency or via secure email delivery to
  • Degree level, major and U.S equivalency statement
  • With a conferred date
  • With information that matches that of the Applicant

International Provisional Basis for Admission Deadlines

Students granted provisional basis for admissions using an internationally awarded degree must provide official documentation within 180 days of their first date of attendance in an NCU course.

The University will administratively dismiss students who do not provide the required official documentation prior to the 181st day of enrollment.

Students who have been administratively dismissed for failure to provide official documentation within the allotted timeframe will not be allowed to return to the University until all official documentation has been provided.

English Proficiency

English is the language of instruction at NCU, and NCU students work with English-speaking faculty. The programs rely heavily on writing; therefore, students must be able to communicate effectively in written English. Applicants who do not hold a conferred degree from a secondary or post-secondary school where English was the primary language of instruction are required to demonstrate English proficiency. The NCU catalog describes current testing procedures and current requirements for writing competency. NCU does not provide language services. 

Credential Evaluation

Applicants submitting diplomas, degrees, and course transcripts from non-U.S. institutions should have their academic credentials evaluated. The evaluation will determine if an applicant’s education meets admission requirements, and if any transfer credits will be awarded. Be sure to accommodate a credential evaluation in your enrollment timeline.

NCU will accept credential evaluations through any evaluation agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). In addition, credential evaluations by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) are accepted.

Official documents must be sent directly to the evaluation agency; it is important to list NCU as a copy recipient on the application so that NCU will be electronically notified when the evaluation is complete. Please note that the NCU Registrar’s office cannot assist you in facilitating your credential evaluation through AACRAO.

I-20 Documents and F-1 Status

Northcentral University is not a Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified school, and thus is not authorized to issue form I-20, nor will full-time attendance at NCU by a non-citizen satisfy F-1 student status. NCU does not require international students to study in the United States. A citizen of a foreign country attending NCU does not need a student VISA. If the student visits the United States, NCU invites students to meet with their Academic and Finance Advisor and School Dean, but travel is not required for a NCU degree.

Enrollment Verification

NCU does not charge students who require enrollment verification. The information provided in the verification letter will include the program and dates of enrollment. To request an Enrollment Verification letter please contact the Office of the Registrar.