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International Applicants

Thank you for your interest in Northeastern Illinois University. We accept admission applications from applicants who plan to apply for, or are currently in the United States on a non-immigrant student visa (F). The deadlines to apply for undergraduate or graduate (i.e. postgraduate) admission are different than those for domestic students. Please note the deadlines below.

Admission Application Deadlines for International Applicants

  • Fall admission: June 15*
  • Spring admission: October 1*
  • Summer admission: March 1*

*These deadlines do not apply to the graduate Counseling and Social Work programs. Please locate these program-specific deadlines in the “Graduate” section of the Admission Requirements web page.

As an international applicant, you are required to fulfill all of the admission requirements and submit all the required documents that domestic applicants do.

Admission Requirements

Additionally, you must demonstrate that you meet eligibility requirements for:

  • Non-immigrant student visa status
  • English language proficiency

International applicants who are admitted to Northeastern will receive notification of their admission by email, as well as by mailed admission packet. The mailed packet will contain the original Form I-20. After you receive email notification of your admission to Northeastern, you may check on the status of your Form I-20 by emailing the Office of International Programs at international-programs@neiu.edu.

Once you receive the Form I-20 by mail, you may schedule your appointment with a U.S. Consular Office in your country. You will need to bring to the appointment your letter of admission from Northeastern Illinois University, notarized Financial Statement, notarized bank letter(s), and original Form I-20 to obtain a non-immigrant student visa.

Upon your arrival in the United States, you must bring your notarized Financial Statement, notarized bank letter(s), and a printout of your I-94 Arrival Record to the Office of International Programs.

Eligibility for Non-immigrant Student Visa Status 

To be eligible for non-immigrant student visa status, you must demonstrate that you will have sufficient funds for the first year of school and living expenses. To demonstrate this, you must submit the following documents:

  • Financial Statement: Complete either the Undergraduate or Graduate Financial Statement, and have the document notarized. Scan and upload your Financial Statement into the online application portal. Alternatively, you can email the Undergraduate Financial Statement to admrec@neiu.edu, or email the Graduate Financial Statement to graduateadmissions@neiu.edu. If you are admitted to Northeastern, you will need to bring the original notarized Financial Statement to your appointment with the U.S. Consular Office in your country to obtain a non-immigrant student visa. Upon your arrival in the US, you will need to submit the original notarized Financial Statement to the Office of International Programs.

Undergraduate Financial Statement

Graduate Financial Statement 

  • Official bank letter(s): A notarized letter from the financial institution of each sponsor identified on the Financial Statement must be submitted to Northeastern. Scan and upload the notarized letter(s) into the online application portal. Alternatively, you can email the letter(s) to either admrec@neiu.edu (for Undergraduate Admissions) or graduateadmissions@neiu.edu (for Graduate Admissions). If you are admitted to Northeastern, you will need to bring the original notarized letter(s) to your appointment with the U.S. Consular Office in your country to obtain a non-immigrant student visa. Upon your arrival in the US, you will need to submit the original notarized bank letter(s) to the Office of International Programs.
  • Visa(s) (for applicants currently in the United States): If you are currently in the US, you must scan and email your valid Form I-94 and Form I-20 to either admrec@neiu.edu (for Undergraduate Admissions) or graduateadmissions@neiu.edu (for Graduate Admissions).

English Language Proficiency

As an international applicant, you must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving a minimum score on either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Northeastern Illinois University’s School for the Advancement of English Language and Learning (SAELL) provides training for international students to meet the English language proficiency requirement.

Minimum Scores for Undergraduate Admission:

TOEFL**

  • Paper-based TOEFL: 500
  • Computer-based TOEFL: 173
  • Internet-based TOEFL: 61

IELTS**

  • Composite score of 6.0

**You are exempt from this requirement if you have completed more than 24 credit hours of college-level, non-ESL courses, or if you have earned a degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

MINIMUM SCORES FOR GRADUATE ADMISSION:

TOEFL***

  • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
  • Computer-based TOEFL: 213
  • Internet-based TOEFL: 79

IELTS***

  • Composite score of 6.5

*** Admission into the Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 95 or IELTS score of 7.0.

International applicants who are interested in applying for undergraduate or graduate admission, but who do not meet the English language proficiency minimum scores may be considered for conditional admission in conjunction with the School for the Advancement of English Language and Learning (SAELL).

Contact

For questions about undergraduate admission, contact:

Admissions Office
(773) 442-4050
admrec@neiu.edu

For questions about admission into post-graduate programs, contact:

Graduate Admissions
(773) 442-6001
graduateadmissions@neiu.edu

For questions about eligibility requirements for non-immigrant student visa status and English language proficiency, or about the School for the Advancement of English Language and Learning, contact:

Office of International Programs
(773) 442-4796
international-programs@neiu.edu