Frequently Asked Questions

Am I an international student?

You are an international student if you intend to study under a nonimmigrant visa status.

When should I start my application?

We encourage international students to begin the admission process early, as it can take up to a year.

How do I apply?

You can start by filling out our online application, and then follow steps 1-3 of the international admissions process.

What is the timeline?

Fall 2017 Semester:

July 3: Student has all paperwork completed and deposit paid
August 1: Final remaining balance paid
August 14-18: Student arrives in Minnesota and stays with host family
August 23: International Student Orientation
August 25: General Student Orientation
August 30: Fall classes start

Spring 2018 Semester:

November 1: Student has all paperwork completed and deposit paid
December 4: Final remaining balance paid
January 3-8: Student arrives in Minnesota and stays with host family
January 12: New Student Orientation
January 15: Spring classes start

Can I come visit?

Yes! International students who are currently in the United States and interesting in applying to University of Northwestern – St. Paul can set up a time to visit our beautiful lakeside campus.

How much does it cost to attend Northwestern?

Estimated undergraduate expenses for the 2017-2018 academic year are $39,530.

For more details about expenses, you can visit our tuition and fees page.

Can I work while attending Northwestern?

International students may work an on-campus job at Northwestern. Students who have a student visa are generally not allowed to work off campus.

Note: We cannot guarantee employment at Northwestern to any international students.