Please complete the application appropriate to you status as an incoming first-year or transfer student. You should indicate your citizenship according to the passport with which you plan to enter the United States.
Who is an international student? An international student is anyone who brings an international perspective to campus. Every year UNW welcomes students from around the world. In fact, about fifty percent of our students come from abroad. The International Students Resources web portal provides links and information to support services and offers a view of what you can expect as an international student at UNW.
If you decide to apply, we encourage you to review the following information that is unique to international students. The Guide for Applying contains important information on the application process in general. Please also review the information for first-year applicants or transfer applicants, depending upon your situation.

Admission Criteria

UNW first-year students will have completed 12 years of primary and secondary schooling. You should plan to sit for national examinations, such as the GCE A-levels, German Abitur, French Baccalauréat, and submit the predicted scores for those examinations as part of your credentials for admission to UNW.
Students who have completed 13 years of schooling and who have completed their external national examinations for college-level work with exceptional results may be eligible for some advanced standing or transfer credit at UNW once they become sophomores. International certifications most commonly earned by our students are the International Baccalaureate diploma or A-levels; other national “13th-year” certification programs, however, may be considered on a case-by-case basis. It should be noted that neither course credit nor enrollment credit is granted for AS or O-level exams.
A student who wishes to apply for advanced standing in order to graduate in fewer than eight semesters must present his or her official credentials for review by the appropriate academic dean and departments. Whether or not a student formally receives transfer credit for the results of his or her national examinations, the student may use approved results to satisfy prerequisites for more advanced courses at UNW. Formal review is not offered until a student has been admitted and has matriculated.

Proficiency in English

Since English is the language of instruction at UNW, you must demonstrate that you:

  • Understand rapid American English as spoken in the classroom
  • Express thoughts quickly and clearly in both spoken and written English
  • Read the language with ease

English language proficiency must be achieved before you are admitted. UNW does not offer courses in English as a Second Language for its undergraduates and does not accept on a provisional basis students who are deficient in English. We highly recommend that international applicants or students whose first language is not English should take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and arrange for UNW to receive the official results. A TOEFL score of 600 or above on the written exam or 100 or above on the internet-based exam, or an 8.0 on the IELTS, is expected in most cases. If your score on the SAT Critical Reading test is above a 650, it is not necessary to take the TOEFL or IELTS.

The Application Process
All applicants to UNW complete the Common Application as described in the Guide for Applying. Although the forms are geared toward the U.S. secondary school system, they may be used to convey the specifics of any nation’s educational system.
Documents or information that will be part of your application file should be written in English or be accompanied by official translations along with original documents in the original language.
Although an English proficiency examination is not required for admission, we highly recommend that all students whose first language is not English submit the results of the TOEFL or the IELTS.
UNW does not endorse or work with agents or third parties, with the exception of schools, governments, EducationUSA, and community based organizations. Brown expects that students will demonstrate integrity in completing their application and that all work presented for admission to the College will be their own. Students who have violated this policy may have their application denied or their admission revoked.
Financial Aid
Financial aid for foreign citizens is limited. If you wish to be considered for financial aid at any time during your four years at UNW, you must apply at the time of admission. Please refer to the financial aid deadlines and instructions for Prospective Students.

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The educational mission of University of Northwest is to prepare students, personally and professionally, for future leadership roles in an international setting. In its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, UNW provides students with the competencies they need for professional careers as well as for further academic study. The educational process puts particular emphasis on developing international and cross-cultural competencies through foreign language training, intercampus transfer, or other international academic opportunities, and intense interaction among people with diverse backgrounds.

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