International applicants

Below are the additional requirements for international applicants. In addition, international applicants should follow the application instructions specific to the chosen degree program. 

Helpful information for international applicants can be found on U-M's international applicant page and through the International Center.

English proficiency

All international applicants demonstrate English proficiency and submit your score from an English proficiency exam with your application packet. 

Applicants are exempt from taking an English proficiency examination if one of the following criteria is met:

  • You are a native speaker of English.

  • You completed all four years of your undergraduate education at an institution in the United States and earned a degree from that institution.

  • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree in one of the following countries: Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom.

  • You completed all of your undergraduate education and earned an undergraduate degree at an institution where all classes are taught exclusively in English.

  • You completed all of your graduate education, a minimum of two years, and earned a graduate degree in one of the following countries: Australia, English-speaking Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom. Graduate education includes Master's, Ph.D., and professional degrees. Degrees that are exclusively research-based are excluded. 

  • You are a current U-M student. 

Being a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident does not automatically exempt an applicant from taking an English proficiency exam. If the applicant's first language is not English, the applicant must meet the exception above or submit English proficiency exam results.  

English language test information

  • Language test scores are valid two years from the test date.

  • Official score reports must be received from the testing agency no later than the program application deadline.

  • Scores must be sent to U-M school code 1839.

  • Tests accepted are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for graduate students, and TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB for undergraduate students. 

Minimum score requirements are:

  • TOEFL (preferred): 560 or higher (paper-based) or 84 or higher (internet-based test).
  • IELTS: 6.5 or higher.

Visa and documentation

The University of Michigan requires evidence of full financial support before they will issue the documentation necessary for admitted students to apply for an international travel visa. Therefore, prospective international students should carefully investigate financial aid opportunities during the application process.

International students who are admitted to the program will receive information about I-20's, F-1 or J-1 visas, and submitting financial documentation in their email offer of admission.

For more information on obtaining a visa and other details specific to international students, visit the International Center.

International BSN applicants

Entrance exams:

  • All undergraduate freshman applicants must take either the SAT (U-M code: 1839) or the ACT (U-M code: 2062).

  • Official test scores must be sent to the University directly from the testing agency itself and received by U-M before the application deadline.

  • International students are encouraged to take the SAT because the writing component of the ACT may be unavailable outside of the United States. For more details, see international student exams information provided by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International MSN and DNP applicants


All international applicants must submit an official foreign transcript evaluation directly to NursingCAS at the following address:

P.O. Box 9201
Watertown, MA 02471

Transcript evaluation

All foreign institutions attended require course-by-course transcript evaluation by World Education Services, Inc or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. If an applicant receives an offer of admission, we then require official transcripts from the original institution to be sent to the School of Nursing. For additional information, please refer to the NursingCAS FAQs section titled Foreign Transcripts/Coursework.

International Ph.D. applicants

Transcripts and evaluations

All prospective international applicants need to review the requirements for academic credentials from non-U.S. institutions and submit the required documents listed to Rackham Graduate School as instructed.


Scholarships administered by the U-M Rackham Graduate School are available to international Ph.D. students. Learn about these merit-based opportunities by visiting Rackham.