International Student Requirements

An international student 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 Requirements

English Language/TOEFL

In addition to the general admission requirements, international applicants must document English language proficiency by submitting satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):

iBT scores: 80 or better for undergraduates and 100 or better for graduate students
computer-based scores: 213 or better for undergraduates and 250 or better for graduate students
paper-based scores: 550 better for undergraduates and 600 or better for graduate students

Exceptions are granted for native English speakers.

Financial Documentation

International students who are accepted academically to Naropa and need a Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa must submit documentation in English of financial resources for the first academic year (nine months) to the Admissions Office. Documentation must show the ability to pay both tuition and living expenses as estimated by Naropa University. This can be in the form of:

  1. a personal bank statement in the student's name
  2. personal sponsorship documentation including a letter of support accompanied by the sponsor's bank statement
  3. government or private foundation sponsorship documentation including a letter from the sponsor confirming support and stating the amount of aid

For residential students the required amount support for the 2009–10 school year is $32,500 and for 2010–11 will be $35,500. Please complete the Source of Funds Statement for International Students. For low-residency program students who plan to apply for student visas, documentation is required.


Students planning to bring dependents must document an additional amount of funding: $7,000 for a spouse and $4,000 for each child. In addition, the Admissions Office will need the following information on each dependent:

First and last name, birth date, country of birth and country of citizenship.


Because of the time required to process international student applications and visa paperwork, we strongly recommend that applications are submitted in full by January 15 for Summer and Fall semesters and October 15 for Spring semester.

Applicants Located Outside the US

Non-U.S. Educational Records

Applicants (including U.S. citizens and permanent residents educated outside the U.S.) must have all non-U.S. records of secondary and post-secondary education – including grades earned for individual subjects – evaluated by a professional evaluation service (such as Joseph Silny or AACRAO) and forwarded to Naropa Admissions Office for evaluation with other application materials. In these cases, transcripts are not required to be sent directly to Naropa from the non-USA school or college.