International Student Admission

International students are a valued part of the Naropa community and are encouraged to apply. The university currently has fifty international students, representing twenty-four countries.

The application process for international applicants includes those procedures previously outlined for domestic undergraduate and graduate students: application fee; statement of interest; transcripts; recommendation letters; résumé (for graduate applicants); and any program supplemental materials must be included.

English Proficiency

Naropa University requires either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) as proof of English proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizen status. Test scores are part of the application packet and must be received before the application will be considered complete and eligible for review. The minimum language test scores accepted by Naropa University: 80 Internet-based TOEFL, 550 paper-based TOEFL, or 6.5 IELTS. Some graduate programs require higher minimum language test scores for non-native English speakers. Please see chart below for specific program requirements and minimum sub/band scores.

Possible Exemptions

First-year students are exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS if they have the following:
Secondary/high school diploma from a school where the language of instruction is English.

Transfer Students
Applicants who have earned at least 30 semester hours of transferrable credits from a college or university where English is the universal language of instruction and examination are exempt from submitting TOEFL/IELTS.

Applicants may be exempt from English proficiency test requirements if by the time of matriculation they have earned a postsecondary degree from a formally recognized/accredited university where the entire language of instruction and examination is English. These applicants must have attended an English-medium university for all years of study toward the degree program. Such applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement but not from other application requirements.

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English Proficiency Requirement by Program

  • All Undergraduate Programs

    • TOEFL Internet/Paper: 80/550
    • TOEFL Minimum Subscores Internet/Paper: 20/55
    • TOEFL Paper Minimum TWC (Test of Written English): 4
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • IELTS Minimum Individual Band Score: 6.0
  • Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology

    MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling, all concentrations: Contemplative Psychology and Buddhist Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling, Somatic: Body Psychotherapy, Somatic: Dance/Movement Therapy, Transpersonal Art Therapy, Transpersonal Wilderness Therapy
    • TOEFL Internet/Paper: 88/570
    • TOEFL Minimum Subscores Internet/Paper: 20/55
    • TOEFL Paper Minimum TWC (Test of Written English): 4
    • IELTS: 7.0
    • IELTS Minimum Individual Band Score: Listening 7.0; Reading 6.0; Writing 6.0; Speaking 6.0
  • All other graduate programs

    • TOEFL Internet/Paper: 80/550
    • TOEFL Minimum Subscores Internet/Paper: 20/55
    • TOEFLPaper Minimum TWC (Test of Written English): 4
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • IELTS Minimum Individual Band Score: 6.0

Education Records

All records of secondary and postsecondary education earned at non-U.S. institutions must be translated into English and professionally evaluated by one of the following professional evaluation services or any evaluation service recognized by NACES (, and forwarded to the Naropa Office of Admissions for evaluation with other application materials.

  1. Global Academic Evaluators (, 720-298-9564)
  2. AACRAO International Education Services (, 202-296-3359)
  3. Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (, 305-273-1616)
  4. World Education Services (, 212-966-6311)
  5. Other NACES Accredited Evaluation Service (

Financial Statement and Passport

International students who are accepted academically to Naropa and need a Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa must submit documentation in English of financial resources for the first academic year (nine months) to the Office of Admissions. Documentation must show the ability to pay both tuition and living expenses as estimated by Naropa University. There are three ways to provide the required documentation:

  • A personal bank statement in the student’s name.
  • Personal sponsorship documentation, including a letter of support, accompanied by the sponsor’s bank statement.
  • Government or private foundation sponsorship documentation, including a letter from the sponsor confirming support and stating the amount of aid.

For Undergraduate residential students, the required amount of support for the 2019-2020 school year is $53,444. For Graduate residential students, the amount is calculated on a program-by-program basis. Please contact the Financial Aid office for assistance. Students must complete the Source of Funds Statement for International Students. For low-residency program students who plan to apply for student visas, documentation is required. Naropa University also requires a copy of the first page of the student’s valid passport.


Students planning to bring dependents must document an additional amount of funding: $8,319 for a spouse and $7,944 for each dependent. In addition, the Office of Admissions will need the following information on each dependent: first and last name; birth date; country of birth; country of citizenship; and a copy of the first page of their valid passport.

Confirmation Deposit

No immigration documents can be issued until the above requirements have been met and the student has paid the $250 confirmation deposit. The deposit can be paid in three ways:

  • In U.S. dollars drawn from a U.S., Canadian, or United Kingdom bank.
  • The equivalent of $250 U.S. drawn from a U.S. bank or wired from an international bank, in coordination with the Office of Admissions.
  • Credit card option available.

International students who have met all conditions for admission and have been issued an I-20 may use it to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate in their home country. International students must attend courses full time and remain in good academic standing. Full time is defined as 9 credits per fall and spring semester for graduate students, and 12 credits per semester for undergraduate students.

Naropa University has an international student advisor who is available to assist international students in understanding their obligations under their immigration status, and to help them use the resources available to pursue their educational and career goals.


International students on F-1 or J-1 visas may be employed on campus. Under certain conditions, they may complete practical training off campus related to or required by their academic programs (with the approval of the international student advisor).

Transfer Students

Transfer students who hold F-1 visas and are currently studying at another U.S. institution must inform the DSO at their current school that they intend to transfer to Naropa University, so that the DSO can process the transfer in SEVIS.

Health Insurance

All international students are required to carry health insurance. During their stay in the United States, students must either enroll for group coverage through Naropa or provide proof of other medical coverage.