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International Graduate Student Application Instructions

    To apply to NMU as an international graduate student, follow these six steps: 

    1. Submit your application for admission
    2. Pay your $50 application fee
    3. Mail your official transcripts
    4. Prepare your credential evaluation
    5. Submit your supporting documentation
      1. SpanTran - use this NMU evaluation application
      2. ECE – select the “course by course report”
      3. WES – select the “course by course report with ICAP”
      4. Other NACES-approved evaluator 
    6. Supply your English proficiency and other test scores
    NMU's Jamrich Hall

    "My experience here at Northern has been really great. The course (MS in Exercise Science) has so far been a good experience, especially because of the dedicated teachers. The staff over here has been very, very helpful and guiding us whenever possible. And the people of Marquette were very kind to us. We learned so much about a whole different culture and traditions."

    Mayur S. Goli

    Home Country: India

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Students who are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and who will require a visa to study in the United States.

    Students with dual U.S. citizenship should apply as a U.S. citizen, even if living outside the United States. Students with refugee or asylum status should provide proper documentation of status and follow domestic application instructions

    NMU accepts applications all year round whenever they are sent. However, we recommend the following deadlines. Please be aware that it can take a long time for some parts of the application to be completed. Make sure that you have time to send all of your application documents, receive your immigration documents (I-20) in the mail, apply for your visa, and prepare your travel arrangements.

      Fall Semester Winter Semester Summer Semester*
    Suggested Deadline April 15 Sept. 1 Jan. 15
    Final Deadline June 1 Oct. 1 March 17

    *Students may only start undergraduate level studies during the fall or winter semesters

    For students who have trouble submitting academic documents due to the COVID-19 situation: 

    Secondary School Documents (U.S. and Canadian High School Transcripts): NMU will accept unofficial secondary school academic documents in order to make an admission decision if students cannot obtain officials at this time. Students must provide official copies before they will receive their immigration documentation (I20). 

    Secondary and Post-Secondary School Documents (Transcripts NOT from U.S. or Canadian High Schools): Students should submit secondary and post-secondary school documents through any NACES- approved evaluator. 

    Use one of the following ways to pay.

    1. Credit Card

    Use a credit card at the end of the online application. Visa or Mastercard are accepted.
    If you have already completed the application but still need to pay the fee: Pay Online.

    For your SSN, please enter "000000000"

    2. Call

    Call the Student Service Center to pay on the telephone using a credit card. The number is 906-227-1221.

    3. Bank Draft or Money Order

    Send a bank draft or money order in U.S. funds made payable to Northern Michigan University.

    For undergraduate applications, please send $35 to the following address:

    Admissions Office
    Northern Michigan University
    1401 Presque Isle Avenue
    Marquette, MI 49855 USA

    For graduate applications, please send $50 to the following address:

    International Programs Office
    Northern Michigan University
    1401 Presque Isle Avenue
    Marquette, MI 49855 USA

    4. By Wire transfer.

    2020-2021 Cost of Attendance

    One Year (Two Semesters)

    Undergraduate Graduate MBA ESL
    Tuition and Fees $17,176 $13,660 $13,270 $13,538
    Room & Board $11,072 $11,072 $11,072 $11,072
    Books & Supplies $800 $800 $800 $0 (included in fees)
    NMU Health Insurance (12 months) $1,820 $1,820 $1,820 $1,820
    Personal & Travel $2,438 $2,438 $2,438 $2,438
    Total Costs $33,306 $29,790 $29,400 $28,868

    Withholding Taxes
    International students on nonimmigrant status visas ("F", "J", "M", or "Q") are subject to federal withholding tax on the amount of scholarship income they receive above the cost of their qualified tuition and fees.  The current withholding rates are 14% for documented international students and 30% for any student whose citizenship status is unknown or undocumented.

    Health Insurance Costs
    For information about insurance for dependents, please contact NMU's International Programs Office at or 906-227-2510.

    First-year student

    Students who have not attended any college or university after secondary school must apply to NMU as first-year students.

    Transfer student

    Students who have attended any college or university after completing secondary school MUST apply to NMU as a transfer student.

    Post-baccalaureate student

    Students who have a Bachelor’s or higher degree and wish to pursue another undergraduate degree (in a field other than that of their previous degree) must apply as a post-baccalaureate student.

    Graduate student

    Students who are interested in pursuing a master's degree should apply as a graduate student.

    Northern Michigan University offers you the opportunity to receive or ship your documents through a safe, quick and dependable delivery service called Eship Global. Click here to learn more. 

    Transcripts from your Bachelor's degree program must be sent directly to Northern Michigan University from your institution(s).  Your high school transcripts are not required.

    Transcripts should be sent to:

    Northern Michigan University
    ATTN: Graduate Education and Research
    1401 Presque Isle Ave
    Marquette, MI 49855 USA

    Transcripts must be translated into English by a qualified individual.

    NMU cannot accept faxes, scanned copies, or emailed copies.

    We will accept attested, official copies for students who are issued only one official copy of their transcripts. Appropriate seals, stamps, and/or signatures are required to ensure originality.

    Note: If at any time we discover that transcripts have been altered, forged, or faked, your admission to our university will be terminated. This is a serious offense with very serious punishments.

    If you want credit from a non-U.S. institution to count towards your graduate degree at NMU, you will be required to submit a credential evaluation.  For more information, contact us at 

    In addition to your official transcripts, we require external evaluation of credits for all non-U.S colleges or universities.  Some Canadian schools, International Baccalaureate programs and American high schools abroad do not require a credit evaluation. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have attended one of the above institutions to see if you qualify for an exception.

    Below is a list of the different credential evaluators that you may use. Please select one of the following organizations. You are required to submit all documents (transcripts/certificates etc..) and payments these organizations require to perform the evaluation.

    1. Credential Evaluation Report and Transcripts - Only one credential evaluation is required. 

      1. Education Credential Evaluators (ECE):  This service allows applicants to submit their official educational documents only once--to ECE.  NMU would then receive the verified documents from ECE along with the credential evaluation. Select the "course by course report."

      2. World Education Service (WES):  Students may elect to order the WES ICAP service.  This service allows applicants to submit their official educational documents only once--to WES. NMU would then receive the verified documents from WES along with the credential evaluation. Select the "course by course report with ICAP."

              3. SpanTran: Students should use the NMU application linked here. 

              4. Other approved evaluators may be considered if part of NACES

    *Students may choose which NACES-approved evaluator they want to use. Here is some information to consider: 

    • SpanTran can start the evaluation with an emailed copy of your transcripts while they wait for the official documents to arrive. They complete their evaluation in 5 business days (once all required documents have been received).
    • WES is the most expensive option and typically takes longer than other options, but usually gives the most generous U.S. grade and credit equivalency recommendations.

    “Compulsory” means you must purchase the health insurance offered program by NMU.  This policy is for basic coverage only.  You may want to obtain a more comprehensive health insurance policy in addition to this policy.

    Learn more about NMU's international student insurance requirements here. 

    You can contact NMU's International Programs Office:

    Phone: 906-227-2510