International graduate students

The University of Virginia School of Nursing welcomes applications from international students for its graduate degree programs.  International applicants need to submit the regular admissions application plus these additional requirements.

1.     English language testing.
Applicants who completed a post-secondary University degree in a non-Anglophone country (outside of  the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc) must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.  These scores must be recent (no more than 24 months old).   Have the scores sent directly to the University of Virginia (R-5820).  Information on these tests can be found at www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org.   The University has minimum standards on the TOEFL and IELTS that must be met by international students.

2.    Academic credentials evaluation
All international transcripts need to be evaluated by a credentials evaluation service.  This will provide a report about the education system of the host country, and ‘translate’ the grading system to the 4.0 American-style GPA.  There are several companies that provide this credentials evaluation, and the University of Virginia cannot recommend one over another.  Note that it could take 1 month or more to receive an official credentials evaluation, so you should plan ahead.  Some companies that provide this service are:

3.    Nursing Credential and License 
Applicants must have a RN license from a US state at the time you submit your admissions application. If offered admissions to a graduate program, you must obtain a RN license in Virginia before you can enroll in any classes.  If you do not currently have a RN license in the US, consult with the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org) and the Virginia Board of Nursing (http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/nursing/) for the steps needed to obtain a Virginia RN license.   To transfer your RN license from overseas to the US, you may need to have your license and prior nursing education evaluated by the Commission for Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (www.cgfns.org), submit scores from English language testing examinations, and pass the NCLEX-RN examination.  If you received your nursing education overseas, this review and testing process could take 1-2 years in total. The RN license is not required for applicants for the Direct Entry MSN (Clinical Nurse Leader) program since this program is for non-nurses.

4.    Visa and Financial Statements
Applicants who receive offers of admissions will be sent additional information on visa applications and financial guarantee statements. You may need to present proof that you have the financial resources to pay for your tuition and living expenses for the full academic degree.

5.   Admissions Deadlines
 The posted admissions deadlines for the various programs are fixed. International applicants must submit all materials for consideration well before the deadline date to be considered. It is strongly recommended that international applicants have all materials submitted (including English language testing and credentials evaluation) 2 months before the regular application deadlines.

6. Summer English for Academic Purposes course
All international graduate students accepted for the Fall semester must enroll in the summer English for Academic Purposes course administered by the Center for American English Language and Culture.  This course covers academic English content as well as material about the University, libraries and city of Charlottesville.  Students are reponsible for the fees for this program.

7.  Interviews
The admissions committees reserve the right to interview any applicant to the graduate nursing programs at UVa. For most international applicants, this would be a telephone interview. You would be contacted by the Office of Admissions and Student Services if an interview is requested.


The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.