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International Students

International Nursing Students

The School of Nursing takes great pride in being world-renowned for nursing education. Below are answers to common questions concerning international applicants to the School of Nursing.  If you would like any additional information you can use the following resources:

Hopkins International Applicant Definition

International applicants are non-citizens or legal permanent residents (Green Card holder) of the United States. If you are a citizen of another country (and not a U.S. permanent resident) and attend high school in the U.S., you are considered an international applicant.

Transcript Evaluation

All international transcripts must be evaluated, course-by-course, by World Education Services (WES). Evaluations should be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Registered Nurses may also have their international transcripts evaluated, course-by-course, by Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS).

Standardized Test Requirements

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required of applicants whose native language is not English. If you attend an English language college/university but do not speak English at home, you should take TOEFL. The School of Nursing would like to see applicants with the following scores, 600 or higher on the written exam, or 100 or higher on the Internet-based exam.

Prerequisite Coursework

U.S. immigration regulations require that students needing an F-1 visa must successfully fulfill all prerequisites before an I-20 can be issued.   To allow sufficient time to complete all the steps in the visa process, students must submit an official transcript or official course by course evaluation with final grades (B- or higher) for all prerequisite courses to the Office of Admissions at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the term in which they wish to begin studies (October for spring term; May for fall term). 

Licensure in the State of Maryland

Current Registered Nurses must successfully complete the NCLEX, National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, in order to practice clinical nursing within the United States. Due to required clinical experiences, students must take the NCLEX in Maryland prior to entering the program. Maryland Board of Nursing

Financial Aid and Scholarships

All students, regardless of citizenship, are automatically considered for merit based scholarships.  Need based financial aid is reserved for US citizens and permanent residents only.  Students seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States must submit financial documents in English demonstrating proof of funding.

International students may be able to borrow through private education loan programs, however, they must apply with a creditworthy co-borrower who is also a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Supplemental Loans

U.S. Employment Opportunities

There are no guarantees of employment for any graduates regardless of citizenship. Current immigration laws do have an impact on hiring practices.

Online Courses

Students sponsored by Johns Hopkins for F-1 or J-1 student status must maintain full-time enrollment status. Additionally, immigration regulations require students to be enrolled in classroom instruction. Only one online/distance course may be counted towards the minimum required courses in any term. Due to these restrictions, some degree programs in the School of Nursing do not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. More

International Payments (Western Union)

Johns Hopkins University has engaged Western Union Business Solutions to facilitate international students with paying their tuition. This payment option allows students to pay the university their student account balance in the currency of your choice and provides a simple and secure method for initiating payments electronically. We encourage all international students to choose this cost effective and efficient method of payment to the Johns Hopkins University. Presenting a foreign check to the Johns Hopkins University may result in a bank transaction fee that will lower the value of the converted amount. Pay Through Western Union

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