Admission Requirements for International Students

If you are a prospective student who maintains permanent residence outside the U.S., you must also meet a series of international admissions requirements and submit additional materials before you can apply to our ABSN program offered in Syracuse or Albany, New York, or Transfer BSN Pathway offered exclusively in Albany. Upon completion of the online portion of your application, an ABSN admissions representative can help you gather and complete the following documents:

  • Official school transcripts of all secondary and post-secondary academic work, along with an explanation of the grading system (in English)
  • Tests of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language. Utica University requires one of the following:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 written, 213 computer-based, 79-80 internet-based;
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0; or
    • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 100
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official exam results for school finishing or leaving examinations
  • Copy of passport

Additionally, Utica University cannot issue you the immigration documents necessary to obtain your visa until we receive the following additional completed documents:

  • International Student Data Sheet
  • International Student Certification of Finances form
  • A signed letter from a bank official stating enough funds (at least $64,736) exist to cover the total cost of attendance

Although not required, for faster processing we suggest submitting these documents with your completed application.

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Credit Evaluations

All new applicants must also provide a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign credentials from World Education Services. Foreign credentials refer to transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States. When ordering your foreign credential evaluation, please ensure your GPA is calculated and included.

Please note: Utica University will not evaluate international transfer credits before accepting your application.

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Incoming International Student Visa Requirements

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires students who are non-permanent U.S. residents to obtain a visa, a process that involves several steps. Upon admission, you must complete each step before enrolling in the ABSN program or the Transfer BSN program pathway. The Office of International Education will process your Certificate of Eligibility for an F-1 visa, Form I-20, and send it to you by courier along with information about how to obtain a visa.

Please note: Students should not enter the United States as a “tourist” during their time in the ABSN program or Transfer BSN program pathway. B-1/B-2 (WB/WT) tourist status does not authorize study.

When to Apply

Utica ABSN offers three start dates per year and has a rolling admissions system, which means we don’t have an application deadline. However, to guarantee your spot in the program for your desired start date, we encourage all students to apply as soon as possible, as space is limited.

Financial Aid

Financial aid opportunities are limited for non-U.S. citizens, but private loans are available to students with either a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident as a co-signer.

Tuition Costs

For an in-depth breakdown of costs of attendance for Utica University as an international student, please visit our Accelerated Nursing Program Tuition and Fees page. In addition to our standard ABSN program and Transfer BSN program pathway tuition and fees, international students also receive a separate bill for mandatory international health insurance with a wide range of coverage.

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