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International Student Admission Process

Applying to NC State as an international Online and Distance Education student is the same as applying to be an on-campus international student. Depending on where you will be living when you are taking courses, your visa status may be considered. At NC State, we welcome students from around the world. You are considered an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (also known as Resident Aliens, Permanent Residents, and Green Card holders). If you plan to take NC State online courses from your home country, you do not have to follow the university’s immigration criteria. However, if you are an international student living in the U.S. and would like to take NC State Online and Distance programs you must comply with the university’s visa criteria

Mandatory Clearance Form 

All prospective students in a non-immigrant status must complete the Distance Education Clearance Form for International Applicants. This form should be completed and returned to the Online and Distance Education office with the appropriate documentation via fax, email (as a PDF or JPG attachment), regular mail, or in person before each semester. U.S. Permanent Residents, please send a copy of your Permanent Residence (PR) card (front and back).

All international applicants whose native language is not English should be advised that a TOEFL IBT Score of 85 or above is recommended for successful completion of an NC State online and distance education course or program.

Note: Applicants who are citizens from countries in which English is the official or commonly spoken language do not need to prove English proficiency. Countries include: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom in which English is the official or commonly spoken language do not need to prove English proficiency.

To be admitted to NC State’s Online and Distance Education graduate programs, you must meet the entrance and application criteria of The Graduate School and the program to which you are applying. Learn more about graduate admissions criteria for online and distance education programs.

To be admitted to NC State’s Online and Distance Education undergraduate programs for a bachelor’s degree, you must have completed an associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) or earned more than 60 credit hours of college-level courses including coursework relevant to the program in which you are interested. Typically, the NC State Office of Undergraduate Admissions considers the following accomplishments and qualifications:

Students interested in pursuing undergraduate certificate programs or non-degree programs, should follow the admission criteria for non-degree students.

Frequently Asked Questions 

When to Apply

Important Undergraduate Admissions Dates and Deadlines for International Students

Undergraduates: Spring Semester 2017 – starts early January

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Undergraduates: Fall Semester 2017 – starts mid-August

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