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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

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of applicants whose native language is not English. For School of Nursing applicants, the minimum TOEFL score is 600 (paperbased) or 100 (Internet-based); the IELTS minimum band score is 7. Students may contact the Office of Admissions with questions about a TOEFL/IELTS waiver.  Individual programs may require additional evidence to demonstrate English language proficiency. The TOEFL code for the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing is 5767.

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

Due to required clinical experiences, current Registered Nurses interested in the Advanced Practice and Specialty Degrees must successfully complete the NCLEX, National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, in Maryland before entering the program.  A social security number is required to take the NCLEX exam in Maryland. A social security number is only issued to international students who are currently employed in the U.S.   Once the NCLEX exam is passed and the RN license is issued, the JHU Office of International Services may issue the I-20 for an admitted and deposited student to receive their F-1 Visa.  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