International Applicant Admissions Requirements

Naropa warmly welcomes international students—we value multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion. We believe that the more diverse we are, the stronger and more interesting we become. Naropa usually has about seventy international students at any given time, and our students represent more than thirty countries around the world. We're certain that you'll learn so much from your fellow students, and that they in turn will learn much from you. 

Please note: An international applicant is someone who is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents should apply as domestic applicants.

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

Applicants (including U.S. citizens and permanent residents educated outside of the U.S.) must have all non-U.S. records of secondary and/or post-secondary education evaluated by a professional international education evaluation service. In this case, all non-U.S transcripts should be sent to one of the below evaluation service providers, not to Naropa University. Once the evaluation is completed, the applicant should request that the report be sent directly to: Naropa University, Office of Admissions (2130 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302).

Naropa works with the four following credential evaluation services.  Evaluations will not be accepted by other services.

  1. AACRAO International Education Services (ies.aacrao.org, 202-296-3359)
  2. Global Academic Evaluators (www.aevaluators.com, 720-298-9564
  3. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (www.jsilny.com, 305-273-1616)
  4. World Education Services (www.wes.org, 212-966-6311)

All undergraduate and graduate applicants must submit a complete course-by-course evaluation.

Please note: international applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree at an accredited U.S. institution do not need to provide an evaluated transcript.

Financial Aid Application for International Applicants

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

Deadlines

Because of the time required to process international student applications and visa paperwork, we strongly recommend that applications be submitted in full by January 15 for summer and fall semesters, and by October 15 for the spring semester.

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