International Applicants

Who Is Considered an International Student?

Anyone who has completed his or her education outside of the United States is considered an international applicant irrespective of citizenship or residency. If you will require an F-1 visa to study in the United States, then you are considered an international applicant and an international student for tuition purposes.

International Applicants

 
  • All students must submit a complete application and pay a $50 non-refundable application fee.
  • Your official transcripts from American colleges and universities must be submitted via the Law School Admission Council. If you attended a foreign institution (not including a study abroad program through a domestic post-secondary institution), the law school requires that your academic credentials be evaluated for baccalaureate equivalency and assessment of grade-point average through the World Education Service, Inc. (WES). You must pay for the cost associated with having your foreign transcripts evaluated and also have your evaluation mailed directly to the law school from WES on or before April 30th. 
  • All international applicants are required to prove their English proficiency by presenting a TOEFL score. To be competitive for admission, you must have a minimum score of 500 on the written test or of 61 for the online test.
  • International students must provide a Financial Statement Certificate of Eligibility to which you must attach a notarized bank statement. If your bank statement is not notarized and on official bank letterhead, it will not be accepted and may cause a delay in the admissions and enrollment process. Your bank statement must provide proof that you have access to $57,870 to pay tuition for the first year of study. If these funds are not in your own bank account, then you must provide a notarized affidavit of supportfrom the account holder along with an affidavit of support for room and board (if applicable)
  • After all of the required documents have been received and processed in the Office of Admissions, the University’s Office of International Affairs will then prepare the Certificate of Responsibility Form (Form I-20), which will then be mailed to you for presentation at the Consulate when you apply for your visa. Failure to secure a valid visa prior to June 1st will result in your inability to attend classes in the fall.

For more information regarding this process, please contact the University’s Office of International Affairs at 919-530-7912.

Foreign-Born Applicants

If English is NOT your first language, we require the results from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are to be mailed directly to the law school on or before the application deadline.

An offer of admission from The School of Law to a foreign-born applicant is conditioned upon verification that, as an incoming foreign-born student, they are eligible to enroll in school, and can show evidence of their ability to satisfy their financial obligations associated with attending school.

In addition to all other enrollment requirements, foreign-born applicants must submit the following documentation to the law school no later than June 1st to show proof of eligibility to enroll:

IF YOU ARE AN APPLICANT REQUIRING AN F-1 VISA TO STUDY IN THE U.S. OR NEED TO TRANSFER TO NCCU IN AN F-1 STATUS: Federal regulations require that documentation be on file showing you have sufficient financial resources to pay for tuition, fees books and living expenses for you and your dependent family members (if any) for the entire duration of your proposed study (three-year law degree). You are required to obtain an F-1 visa or to transfer a previously-acquired F-1 visa to North Carolina Central University prior to enrollment.

In order to do this, in addition to the documents in the general requirements checklist, you must also submit the following documentation to the law school no later than June 1st:

IF YOU HAVE A DIFFERENT IMMIGRATION STATUS NOT ALREADY NOTED HERE: You are required to provide the University’s Office of International Affairs with the following documentation:

The University’s Office of International Affairs will then prepare the Certificate of Responsibility Form (Form I-20), which will then be mailed to you for presentation at the Consulate when you apply for your visa. Failure to secure a valid visa prior to the first day of orientation will result in your inability to attend classes in the fall.

For more information regarding this process, please contact the University’s Office of International Affairs at 919-530-7912.

Foreign-Educated Applicants

If you attended a foreign institution (not including a study abroad program through a domestic post-secondary institution): The law school recommends that your academic credentials be evaluated for baccalaureate equivalency and assessment of grade-point average through the World Education Service, Inc. (WES). Applicants must pay for the cost associated with having their foreign transcripts evaluated. The evaluation must be mailed directly to the law school by World Education Services, Inc. (WES) on or before the application deadline.

The School of Law begins accepting online applications on October 1st. Application materials submitted prior to October 1st will be returned to the sender. The application deadline for submitting all application materials is noted here: Application Deadline.