Frequently Asked Questions

Our Location 

Where are you located? 
What is the weather like in Flagstaff? 
How safe is the campus?

Admissions Criteria and Process

What are your deadlines?
What documents must I submit with my application?
Can I study at Northern Arizona University if I am not proficient in English?
How much does it cost to study at NAU?
What is the tuition rate for me?
Do you accept transfer credit?
How do I transfer my I-20 to NAU?
Do my documents need to be translated into English?
Can I take ESL classes at Northern Arizona University?
Are you on a semester or quarter system?
Do I have to choose a major when I apply?
When can I enroll in classes? Will l I have an academic advisor?
What is the average class size at Northern Arizona University?
Will I be taught by student teaching assistants?
Is it possible to graduate in four years?

Campus Life 

How many students attend Northern Arizona University?
How many students live on campus?
Can I live on campus?
I completed the Housing application and will be living on campus. When can I move in?
Do you have a homestay program?
Do you have student clubs and organizations?

Preparing For Your Arrival and the Visa Process

How do I get a VISA? What do I need to know about the immigration process?
Can you write a letter to speed up my U.S. visa?
Do I have to attend International Student Orientation?
I’m transferring from another U.S. university. Do I have to attend International Student Orientation?

Where are you located?

Northern Arizona University is located in the Southwest of the United States next to California, Nevada, and Colorado in the safe, friendly, small city of Flagstaff, Arizona. Flagstaff is at 2,200 meters altitude in the mountains; with a population of 65,000 and a beautiful environment, Flagstaff is consistency rated in the top 10 cities to live in the United States.

What is the weather like in Flagstaff?

Northern Arizona University has four seasons: fall, winter, spring, and summer. There are more than 288 days of clear sunshine per year and students do not need a car; you can walk or ride a bicycle on campus and throughout the town. Our average summer temperature is 25 degrees Celsius and our average winter temperature is 5 degrees Celsius.

How safe is the campus?

The campus and city of Flagstaff are very safe. Many people walk and bike around campus and the city. Flagstaff is rated among the best cities to live in the United States.  To learn more about safety on campus, please visit nau.edu/police.

What are your deadlines?

Fall term (starts in August): March 15
Spring term (starts in January): September 15

Northern Arizona University accepts students year round.  The recommended deadlines give time to secure a visa interview and visa.

The visa application process can take a long time.  Apply for admission as early as possible.  After we have received all the required documents, we will make an admission decision and tell you within 2 weeks.  Apply early - the entire application, acceptance, and visa process could take 4-6 months or longer.

What documents must I submit with my application?

Please visit our Application & Requirements section to learn more about the application procedures.

Can I study at Northern Arizona University if I am not proficient in English?

Yes. You will be conditionally admitted to Northern Arizona University if you do NOT have the English language requirement.  You will begin in our Program in Intensive English (PIE). Once you meet the English language requirement, you will be admitted to your degree program.

How much does it cost to study at Northern Arizona University?

Please visit our Tuition and Fees section to learn more about the cost.

What is the tuition rate for me?

If you are studying full time in the Program in Intensive English (PIE) or in a degree program (F-1 visa), the first box BACHELOR'S DEGREE STUDENTS (FULL-TIME FRESHMEN & TRANSFERS) & PROGRAM IN INTENSIVE ENGLISH (PIE) Is the cost for you.

If you are an exchange student (J-1 visa) the "Exchange Student" OR "Reduced Tuition Rate (RTR)" is the cost for you. Please email studynau@nau.edu if you have a question.

Do you accept transfer credit?

If your university is recognized by the Ministry of Education in your home country or if your university is accredited by one of the US regional accrediting bodies, we will accept transfer credit. 

Students can receive up to 90 credits from a 4-year institution and up to 64 credits from a two-year institution. Students must submit official post-secondary transcripts and course descriptions in English and have a grade of C or better. Transfer credit will not be awarded for ESL classes or classes lower than 100 level.  The major department will decide how many transfer credits will count towards your degree.

How do I transfer my I-20 to NAU?

After you are admitted, you will receive admission documents with a transfer form.  Take the transfer form to your current immigration advisor.  Please email studynau@nau.edu if you need a copy of this form.

Do my documents need to be translated into English?

Yes.  The translation must be professional.

Can I take ESL classes at Northern Arizona University?

Yes, Northern Arizona University offers both full-time and part-time ESL Programs.

Click here to learn more about the Program in Intensive English.

Are you on a semester or quarter system?

Northern Arizona University is on a semester system. Fall semester is from mid August to mid December;  Spring semester is from early January to mid May. International students are STRONGLY encouraged to begin their studies in the Fall or Spring semesters. Students beginning in The Program in Intensive English (PIE) can start in the summer.

Do I have to choose a major when I apply?

Yes. You must choose a major. If you wish to change your major after arriving at Northern Arizona University, you must complete formal documents and meet with your NAU international student advisor.

When can I enroll in classes? Will l I have an academic advisor?

Yes, you will enroll for your classes after you arrive on campus and meet with your academic adviser. Students must have proof of immunizations before registering for class.

What is the average class size at Northern Arizona University?

The average class size is 38 students. Student-to-faculty ratio is 21 to 1.

Will I be taught by student teaching assistants?

No. Our classes are taught by faculty members, of which 92% have a Ph.D..

Is it possible to graduate in four years?

Yes. Our undergraduate program are designed so that you can finish your degree in 4 years. Students must take an average of 16 credits per semester to graduate in 4 years.

How many students attend Northern Arizona University?

Approximately 19,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate students attend the Flagstaff campus.

How many students live on campus?

Approximately 7,400 undergraduate students live on campus in 21 residence halls.

Can I live on campus?

Yes. The campus offers a variety of places to live and eat. Students must complete a housing application and pay the required application fee to live on-campus.

I completed the Housing application and will be living on campus. When can I move in?

You may move in the day before orientation begins.

Do you have a homestay program?

Yes. The home stay program is offered by an INDEPENDENT company. For more information visit Flagstaff Homestay and iHouse (International House).

Do you have student clubs and organizations?

Yes, we have over 300 student clubs and organizations, including the International Club.  There are cultural clubs, sports clubs, activity clubs, and academic –based clubs.

How do I get a VISA? What do I need to know about the immigration process?

Information on how to obtain a student visa can be found online.

There are also directions on how to get a visa are on the admitted student website and in our International Student Guide.

Can you write a letter to speed up my U.S. visa?

Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to expedite the processing of your visa application. We encourage you to make a visa appointment immediately after you receive your acceptance packet. Getting an appointment and securing your visa can take up to 6 months. The U.S. Embassies and Consulates are responsible.   

Do I have to attend International Student Orientation?

Yes, the International Student Orientation is mandatory. During orientation you will meet with your academic adviser and enroll in classes; you may NOT enroll before you come to campus.  You will also learn about working on campus, academic skills, Northern Arizona University laboratories and research facilities, applying for a Social Security Card, immigration requirements, and international student services.

I’m transferring from another U.S. university. Do I have to attend International Student Orientation?

Yes, the International Student Orientation is mandatory even for transfer students.