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

Life as an International Student at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Students Françoise Mbaka-Mouyeme and Claudia Garcia Diaz share what life is like as an international student at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.


Hopkins International Applicant Definition

You are considered an international applicant if you are not a US citizen or permanent resident (Green Card holder). If you are a citizen of another country (and not a US permanent resident) and attend secondary school in the US, you are also considered an international applicant.

Transcript Evaluation

For degrees earned outside the United States (with the exception of English speaking Canada), credits must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES,, Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE,, or Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS, with a course-by-course evaluation.

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 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 NursingCAS is B506.

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 to the Office of Admissions an official transcript or official course by course evaluation 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) with final grades of B- or higher for the MSN Entry into Nursing Track.

Learn more about Online Prerequisites for Health Professions at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing by clicking here

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

Students on F-1 status require sponsorship by an employer to remain in the United States after graduation. Obtaining this sponsorship could be very difficult. International students do have full access to Johns Hopkins School of Nursing resources including the Career Lab and the university-wide Office of International Services (OIS). If staying in the United States after graduation is your goal, please contact the Career Lab.

Employment is not guaranteed for any graduate, regardless of their citizenship. Current immigration laws do have an impact on hiring practices. The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and the Johns Hopkins Health System are separate entities, and any hiring policies or decisions are independent of the school. If you are interested in working at the Johns Hopkins Health System, please reference their website at  If you are interested in working at other organizations, please reference their Careers/Jobs or Human Resources websites.

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.

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. Please go to the Western Union website: