An international student whose credentials cannot be evaluated by the admitting program at PNW may be asked to submit their transcripts or credentials for a course by course evaluation by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You may find qualifying organizations at NACES.org
Option A: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The Graduate School accepts valid* TOEFL scores earned through the paper-delivered test and Internet-based test.
The minimum Internet-Based Test (iBT) scores required for admission are the following:
- Writing 18
- Speaking 18
- Listening 14
- Reading 19
- Total 80
The minimum paper-delivered section requirements are the following (overall score is no longer reported):
- Reading 19
- Listening 14
- Writing 18
Note that in addition to required iBT minimum scores for writing, speaking, listening, and reading, the Graduate School also requires a minimum overall iBT score that is higher than the minimums for the four area tests combined. Applicants must meet or exceed each of the five scores (listed above) for admission to the Graduate School. Some graduate programs require higher minimum scores.
- Purdue University Northwest’s code for the TOEFL application is 1638
Option B: International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
The Graduate School also accepts valid* International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores (Academic Module).
An overall band score of 6.5 is required for admission with the following minimum section requirements:
- Reading 6.5
- Listening 6.0
- Speaking 6.0
- Writing 5.5
For more information, visit www.ielts.org. Have scores mailed to Purdue University Northwest, Graduate Studies Office, 2200 169th St., Hammond, IN 46323.
*To be valid for admission, English proficiency test scores (TOEFL and IELTS) must be no more than two years old at the time the recommendation for admission is received at the Graduate School.
Option C: Enroll in an intensive English program and satisfy the exit requirements established for the program
These results must be certified, in writing, by the intensive English program faculty to the Graduate Studies Office before applicants using this method of establishing English proficiency may be admitted to the Graduate School.
Purdue University Northwest English Language Program (ELP)
Exit Requirement: Achieve a minimum of 80% (Level 4 examination) and pass an Exit Test (consisting of speaking and writing components). For more information, visit http://www.pnw.edu/english-language-program/
English Speaking Countries
The Graduate School will routinely waive the English Proficiency testing requirements for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 36 months at the time of recommendation for admission, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language. Some graduate programs may still require a test of English proficiency for admission; please confirm with your department whether they will also grant this waiver.
If you are admitted under this waiver and are still finishing your degree, you must satisfactorily complete your degree and submit a final official transcript showing that this degree has been awarded BEFORE the Office of International Students and Scholars (ISS) can produce your US immigration document (I-20 or DS-2019) or before you can enroll in courses at Purdue University Northwest.
Official English-speaking countries/locations, in addition to the U.S., include:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Christmas Island
- Cook Islands
- Isle of Man
- New Zealand
- Norfolk Island
- Papua New Guinea
- Pitcairn Islands
- Republic of Ireland
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
- St. Helena
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and Grenadines
- The Gambia
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom
Health Insurance is required for International Graduate students. Health insurance is especially important because of the high cost of medical care in the United States. If you do not have health insurance and become sick or injured while in the US, you may need to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for your medical and hospital care.
The monthly premium rate per student starts at $43.00 per month, depending on age and coverage chosen.
This information must be submitted directly to the Graduate Studies office in Lawshe 242.
If you are an International Graduate student and purchase health insurance from a provider other than International Student Insurance used by PNW, you must submit supporting documents to the Graduate Studies office, and complete an International Student Insurance Waiver Form prior to registration.
Please fill out all information on the entire form, and return it to the Graduate Studies Office in Lawshe Hall 242. Insurance must be maintained throughout the entire academic year. Health Insurance coverage must meet the following requirements:
- Period of Coverage Maximum Benefit $250,000
- Repatriation of Remains Back to Home Country benefit must be at least $25,000
- Medical Evacuation Back to Home Country benefit must be at least $50,000
- Medical benefits of at least $150,000 per accident or illness.
*Amounts must be in US Dollars and are the minimal amounts required at the time a waiver request is reviewed at the University.
There is no monetary profit for the University if a student purchases the ISI plan. The benefit is ensuring that all international students have an adequate health insurance plan and are protected from huge financial burdens.
Failure to provide timely proof of required health insurance will prevent you from future class registration, or may cause you to be unregistered from your current classes. International Graduate students may not be employed as graduate staff and may not receive fee remission without proof of health insurance.
Proof of health insurance is required for the term of the entire academic year (from August to May, unless you are graduating in December, in which case you will need to provide proof of coverage through your graduation date).
Any questions regarding Health Insurance requirements for International Graduate students, please call the Graduate Studies office at 219-989-2257 or the Office of Global Engagement at 219-989-2502.
Eligibility for financial aid varies depending upon whether you are degree seeking, non-degree seeking, certificate or teacher license status. TL status only applies to students seeking initial licensure.