International applicants

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

Helpful information for international applicants can be found can be found on the University of Michigan’s International Center website.

English proficiency

All international applicants must demonstrate English proficiency and submit their English proficiency score with their application.

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 for two years after the test date.

  • Official score reports must be received from the testing agency no later than the program application deadline January 15, 2019.

  • Scores must be sent directly to the University of Michigan, school code 1839.

  • Tests accepted are the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for graduate applicants.

  • Undergraduate applicants can find language test score information on the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.

Minimum score requirements

International Undergraduate Applicants: See the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website.

International Graduate Applicants:

  • TOEFL (preferred): 94 or higher (internet-based test).
  • IELTS: 7.0 or higher.


At the time of application, international students must hold a nursing license from a recognized jurisdiction. If admitted to the University of Michigan School of Nursing, students must obtain a U.S. nursing license by the time their program starts in September. To begin this process, the most important thing to do is obtain CGFNS Certification for the State of Michigan.

If you have not yet started that process,  do so as soon as possible. While you await your CGFNS Certification, we suggest you begin to study for the NCLEX-RN. Some self-study options are listed below:

Visa and documentation

International students will receive information and instructions regarding submitting mandatory documents to begin processing their F-1 or J-1 visas if offered admission. Required documents include a copy of the student’s passport, copy of current F-1 or J-1 visa, official transcripts and diploma, and proof of financial support.

The University of Michigan requires evidence of full financial support before they will issue F-1 or J-1 visas. Therefore, prospective international students should carefully investigate funding sources during the application process.

The University of Michigan School of Nursing will not begin processing I-20s or DS-2019s until all documents are submitted and approved. It can take up to six weeks after submitted documents have been approved for visas to be issued.

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

Financial documentation

Acceptable means of support to meet the estimated expenses

Personal funds: An official bank statement in your name that includes the requirements for documentation of funds

Family or other individuals: Each individual contributing financially to your education must complete the Affidavit of Financial Support for International Students and submit an official bank statement that includes the requirements for documentation of funds below.  Please reach out to the University of Michigan School of Nursing admissions team for the Affidavit of Financial Support if needed.

Government/Employer/Organization sponsor: A detailed letter from the sponsor stating the exact U.S. dollar amount being provided for tuition, living expenses, health insurance, and dependents (if applicable). This letter must be original and official letterhead, and include the date of sponsorship. The letter must be dated within one year of initial enrollment.

Scholarships or awards: Official letter or e-mail that details the type of funding (GSI/GSRA, Fellowship, etc), the specific amount and duration of the award. If the award does not cover the total estimated expenses, you must provide personal funds that cover the remaining balance.

Requirements for documentation of funds

  • The name of the financial institution
  • The account holder’s name
  • Type of account, clearly indicating the currency, and the account balance
  • Must be dated within one year of enrollment
  • All documents must be in English: Financial statements in the native language must be accompanied with an official English translation
  • All accounts must be easily accessible
  • Do not submit statements with the transaction history

Unacceptable documents

  • Statements verifying employment and salary
  • The maturity/expiry date for fixed/term deposit is after the start of the semester
  • Insurance premiums and policies
  • Non-liquid assets of property or personal assets (automobiles, land, buildings, jewelry, etc.)
  • Stocks, bonds, equities, retirement accounts
  • Income tax returns
  • Attestations stating that a sponsor can meet the expenses

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 and from the original institution to be sent directly to the School of Nursing. Once the School of Nursing receives official transcripts, the originals cannot be returned to the student. For additional information, 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 the Rackham funding page.