Foreign Credential Admissions

We Welcome Foreign Credential Students

We're the online school of choice for people around the world who want an education from an accredited U.S. institution. You can earn a degree getting the same quality education available to U.S. students without ever leaving your home country. For more information, contact an NCU admissions advisor at 1-888-896-5114 or email at

Visas Being that Northcentral is an online university, we are not authorized to grant student visas for study in the United States.

Does NCU recognize foreign degrees, credits for transfer and transcripts? Yes, Northcentral University welcomes students from around the world and currently has a vibrant population of students represented from more than 50 countries, including students from China, Cyprus, Kenya, Thailand and Canada. Please read the Credential Evaluation section below to learn how to get started.

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 applicants education meets admission requirements, and if any transfer credits will be awarded. Be sure to accommodate a credential evaluation in your enrollment timeline. Northcentral University will accept credential evaluations through any evaluation agency accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). In addition, credential evaluations from 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 Northcentral University as a copy recipient on the application so that Northcentral will be electronically notified when the evaluation is complete. Please note that the Northcentral Registrar’s office cannot assist you in facilitating your credential evaluation through AACRAO.

English Proficiency

As you will be working with English-speaking faculty, you must be able to communicate effectively in written English. If English is not your native language, you will need to demonstrate English proficiency.

TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson scores will be required prior to admission. Northcentral University accepts internet-based (iBT) and paper-based (pBT) TOEFL test results and requires a minimum score of 79 for iBT and 550 for pBT. Testing information can be found on the TOEFL website. Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Northcentral Registrar. When you order test results or take a test for the first time, be sure to include the Northcentral School Code: 4572.

International English Language Testing System – ACADEMIC VERSION ONLY (IELTS) - Northcentral University requires a score of 6.5 on the academic version of IELTS. Go to for complete information. Test results must be sent directly to the Northcentral University registrar from IELTS.

We require a passing score of 53 for the academic version of the Pearson Test of English (PTE). Test results must be sent directly to the Northcentral Registrar from Pearson. Visit the Pearson Web site at

If prospective students have completed a minimum of 15 academic semester credit hours within two years of applying to NCU with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, they maybe be exempt from demonstrating English proficiency.

Support Services

We want you to feel challenged in your degree program, but at the same time, know that the help and support you need—including academic, technical and financial services—are never more than a phone call or email away.  For example, our Help Desk/IT Support team is available 24/7 to ensure that we can accommodate students in different time zones around the world.

Student Resources

Take advantage of valuable online resources as a Northcentral student, including an online research library, Writing Center, time management training, online tutoring services, and more! Visit our New Students page for more information.