International Applicant Admissions Requirements

To apply to Naropa as an international applicant, applicants must submit all of the undergraduate admissions requirements, visiting student admissions requirements, or graduate admissions requirements. In addition to these general admission requirements, international applicants must also complete the following international applicant admissions requirements:

English Proficiency Testing

International applicants must document their English language proficiency by submitting scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) tests. Applicants must earn the following required scores:

  • TOEFL
    • Internet test (iBT): 80 or higher
    • Computer test (cBT): 213 or higher
    • Paper test (pBT): 550 or higher
  • IELTS
    • 6.5 or higher

Exceptions are granted for applicants from countries where English is one of the official national languages.

Non-U.S. Education Records

Undergraduate and graduate applicants must submit all required academic records from non-U.S. schools to a NACES-recognized agency for evaluation, regardless of country citizenship. Only after the transcript evaluations have been received and reviewed by the Office of Admissions will Naropa consider an offer of full acceptance, as well as issue the required documents to obtain your student visa. 

  • Undergraduate applicants are required to have all non-U.S. secondary and postsecondary education records evaluated. 
  • Graduate applicants are required to have all non-U.S. postsecondary education records evaluated to determine if your education meets the requirements of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Secondary school records are not required. 

    If your undergraduate degree outside of the U.S. was completed in three years or less, or if it does not equate to 120 semester credits, there is a strong possibility that your degree will not meet the U.S. undergraduate requirements of a bachelor’s degree (which is normally 4 years and 120 credits).  

    If you have concerns that your completed coursework may not meet the U.S. requirements for a bachelor’s degree, please connect with your admissions counselor to discuss options.

It is required that your records be sent directly from your school to the evaluating agency. It is the student’s responsibility to request and ensure the delivery of the records to the agency. Agencies may have different requirements for how documents are to be delivered, so please be sure to double-check the agency’s requirements. These requirements are usually listed on the agency’s website.

If your school will not mail your records to the agency, you will need to request that the university deliver them to you in an unopened and sealed official envelope. Do not open the envelope your school mails to; if you do, it will no longer be considered official. Insert the unopened official transcript into a new envelope and mail it to your chosen evaluation agency. 

If you have questions about this process, please contact the evaluation agency for assistance. Naropa cannot help with this part of the process.

Additional Notes and Requirements

  • Official non-U.S. transcripts from your prior schools should be sent to one of the approved evaluation agencies and not to Naropa University. 
  • You must request a “Course-by-Course” transcript evaluation.  
  • Please ensure to instruct the evaluating agency that the final transcript evaluation must be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions at Naropa University. It is not to be mailed to you.  
  • The visa application process cannot begin until all required documents have been submitted to Naropa, including transcript evaluations, proof of funding, etc. No exceptions can be made. 
  • Issuance of an international transcript evaluation does not guarantee full admission to Naropa University or a visa to enter the U.S.

Please attend to all above steps as soon as possible prior to the start of the term to which you have applied. Immigration-related processes can take as long as 6-10 weeks. 

Authorized International Transcript Evaluating Agencies:  

International Financial Aid Application 

To be considered for financial aid, visit the How To Apply for Aid: International Students web page.