International Graduate Students

Interested in graduate studies as an international student at Purdue University Northwest? See additional details as you take the step to join our vibrant, diverse community.

National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

An international student whose credentials cannot be evaluated by the admitting program at Purdue University Northwest 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).

English Proficiency

International applicants whose native language is not English are required to provide proof of English proficiency for admission to degree, certificate, non-degree and teacher-license graduate programs. There are several ways to meet this requirement.


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At Home Testing Options

ETS is proud to introduce a solution for students who have been impacted by the coronavirus to take the TOEFL iBT® test and the GRE® General Test at home until test centers can reopen.  TOEFL® testing is scheduled to begin on March 26, 2020 and GRE® testing will begin on March 27, 2020.

Testing will be conducted through the use of live remote proctoring serviced by ProctorU®.  This high-touch, real-time monitoring of test sessions limits the number of seats available.  Students can register beginning today in the following countries:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Macau (China)

ETS is working diligently to provide this at home option in other affected areas. We appreciate your patience.


The Graduate School accepts valid* TOEFL scores earned through the paper-delivered test and Internet-based test. PNW’s TOEFL code is 1638.

The minimum Internet-Based (iBT) scores required 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

Please note: in addition to the required iBT minimum scores for writing, 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. Please check the Graduate Programs Web page for additional requirements. Only official TOEFL scores received directly from Educational Testing Service are acceptable. For further information, visit

* To be valid for admission, English proficiency test scores (TOEFL and IELTS) must be no more than two years old at the time the recommended for admission is received at the Graduate School.

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 The official test score report can uploaded to the online application under “Miscellaneous Supporting Documents” and a hard copy score report can be mailed directly to the PNW Graduate Studies Office.

*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.

ELP provides intensive academic English as a Second Language instruction and cultural orientation for English language learners.  Our highly experienced and dedicated teachers and staff, rigorous curriculum, modern computer labs, and enthusiastic mentors will help you to excel in your English studies and facilitate your transition into American culture and the American education system.

Learn more about PNW’s English-Language Program

The Graduate School will routinely waive the English Proficiency testing requirement 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 Global Engagement 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:

AnguillaGrenadaSierra Leone
Antiqua and BarbudaGuyanaSingapore
AustraliaIsle of ManSouth Sudan
BahamasJamaicaSt. Helena
BarbadosKenyaSt. Kitts and Nevis
BelizeLesothoSt. Lucia
BermudaLiberiaSt. Vincent and Grenadines
British Virgin IslandMicronesiaSouth Africa
Cayman IslandsNew ZealandThe Gambia
Christmas IslandNigeriaTrinidad and Tobago
Cook IslandsNorfolk IslandTurks and Caicos Islands
DominicaPapua New GuineaUganda
FijiPhilippinesUnited Kingdom
GhanaPitcairn IslandsZambia
GibraltarRepublic of IrelandZimbabwe

Health Insurance

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.

International graduate students can enroll online for health insurance from International Student Insurance (ISI). The monthly premium rate per student starts at $43.00 per month, depending on age and coverage chosen.

Enroll Online with a Credit Card 

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:

  1. Period of Coverage Maximum Benefit $250,000
  2. Repatriation of Remains Back to Home Country benefit must be at least $25,000
  3. Medical Evacuation Back to Home Country benefit must be at least $50,000
  4. 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).

Have  questions about health insurance requirements for international graduate students? Call the Graduate Studies office at 219-989-2257.