International Applicants

The University of Rochester School of Nursing welcomes international students to our vibrant and diverse learning community. We’re excited for you to learn more about our top-ranked academic programs, incredible research opportunities, and life in Rochester. We’re also here to help you understand the application process and specific admission requirements for international students. 

 International Student in Nursing Uniform

Who is an international student?

An international student is anyone who needs a temporary visa to study in the United States. Permanent residents of the U.S., undocumented immigrants, and refugees are not considered international students. If you have questions about visas or immigration status, contact the University of Rochester International Services Office.

Program Applications and Deadlines

Please note that international students are responsible for completing the online application to the School of Nursing. International students need to apply by the application deadlines as listed on the specific program pages.

English Language Requirement

Like most other U.S. colleges and universities, we require official IELTS or TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) from international applicants. We encourage you to take your English proficiency exam early so we have time to receive your scores directly from the testing agency. Sorry, photocopies or faxes will not be accepted. To demonstrate satisfactory English proficiency, applicants must earn the following minimum scores on the TOEFL:

  • 560 (paper-based),
  • 230 (computer-based), or
  • 88 (iBT)

Alternatively, applicants must earn the following minimum score on the IELTS exam:

  • 7.0 band score or better


As part of the application process, we will need to see official transcripts from all schools attended. The transcripts must be provided in signed, sealed envelopes. An official transcript analysis is required of all coursework completed outside of the United States by one of the following credentialing evaluation services:

Verification of Financial Support

We strongly recommend that each student secure financing prior to submitting the application for admission. We recommend that international candidates identify personal or external funding options while simultaneously pursuing admission to the program, as the process often takes longer than expected.

Students must provide official bank documents or a letter of financial sponsorship that shows support for at least the first full year of tuition and living expenses. Read more about proof of financial support on the International Services Office webpage.

Loan and Scholarship Opportunities

Incoming International Students

Once you have been admitted to a UR Nursing program, you will be able to reference your Incoming Student Portal about your next steps to matriculating. 

Visit the International Services Office Incoming Student website for information on arriving in Rochester and additional forms and documents required prior to enrolling at the University of Rochester.

The International Services Office (ISO) will help you navigate the processing of becoming an F-1 or J-1 student. The office also issues the documentation required (F-1 I-20 or J-1 DS-2019) for eligible international students who will enroll under immigration sponsorship from the University of Rochester.