Frequently Asked Questions
  • Create your NAU Account
  • Submit a completed application form through your NAU Account
  • Pay your application processing fee (it includes application and I20 mailing and airport pick up fees)

There are two available methods of making payments:

  1. On-line payment (Undergraduate $100 USD, Graduate $250 USD) (preferred)
  2. Applicant can access the university’s wire transfer information using the link below. All financial information of the applicant will be kept confidential.

A complete application requires all the documents listed below:

  1. Online Application Form: Submitted through NAU Account
  2. Non-refundable Application Fee:Payments can be made using the links provided above in the payments section.
  3. Financial Status: Bank letter and International Financial Support Form (Sponsorship Letter)
  4. Official Academic Credentials & Test Scores High school diploma or transcript, SAT/ACT, TOEFL or IELTS scores (supporting documents such as reference letters, proof of achievement letters, certificates, etc.)
  5. Meningitis Vaccination Record: A record taken within the past 5 years. This does NOT apply to students over 22 years by the start of the semester.
  6. Copy of Passport:Only the photograph and visa (when received) page are necessary.
  7. Note: If you are a transferring from another U.S. institution to NAU, please submit a copy of your current I-20 and a signed copy of the Student Advisor Form.
A Bank Letter is an official document that proves your financial status. You can request it from the bank where you have a bank account.

If the bank letter is in the Applicant’s name, you are not required to provide a sponsorship letter to us. However, if the Bank Letter is in someone else’s name, NAU requires a sponsorship letter from the sponsor. Applicants can request a Sponsorship Letter from their Admission Counselor.

The Applicant must provide an Official Transcript or Diploma from the high school where he or she graduated. The transcript or diploma must be translated into English and verified by a notary officer.

The I-20 will be issued as soon as the Applicant’s documents are complete and meet admission criteria, with application and mailing fees paid. NAU cannot issue an I-20 before the full application is complete.

All international students are required to take an English Language Proficiency test after their arrival if they do not have a TOEFL or IELTS tests score. The test includes Writing, Grammar, and Speaking.

Applicants will study at the Gulf Language School before going to North American University.

TOEFL IBT score: 61
TOEFL PBT score: 500
TOEFL CBT score: 213
IELTS score: 5.5
SAT Writing: 500; Math: 500; Reading: 500

Students should apply for the F-1.

You must contact and inform the International Admission representative. An Admission Counselor will issue an I-20 for dependent visa. The Applicant will be able to apply for Dependent Visa F-2.

As soon as you receive the I-20 from North American University, you will be able to apply for a visa.

Please visit the website of the U.S. embassy in your country and locate Student Visa. Or, you can find answers to all questions regarding a student visa here.

The SEVIS I-901 fee is mandated by Congress to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors and ensures they maintain their status while in the United States. Each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 on or after October 27, 2008, is responsible for paying this fee to SEVP.

Students applying for the F-1 Visa must pay a mandatory fee of $200. For more information about the SEVIS payment, click here.

The Applicant must bring an I-20, Passport, Receipt of SEVIS Payment, DS 156 Form, Bank Letter or proof of financial status, and a passport photo.

Be prepared to answer questions about why you chose North American University, why you wish to come to the United States to study, and how you plan to use your degree when you return to your home country.

Websites to help you prepare:

It is mandatory to inform the Admission Counselor about your interview result.

Inform the Admission Counselor, and you can reapply for another interview. Many students can get their visa on their second, third, or even fourth try. You do not need to pay a SEVIS fee again.

Inform the Admission Counselor of your flight; and submit the on-line application for a Housing Application Form, Airport Pick-Up Form, and Meningitis Form.
• Housing Application Form is a reservation for a room in the dormitory. All international students are required to send a Housing Application Form seven days before their arrival.
• Airport Pick-Up Form is required so that the student can be picked up at the airport.
Please inform us if you do not wish to use NAU’s airport pick-up service.
• Meningitis Form is a requirement of the Texas State Education Board. All first-time and transfer students who will be staying on campus must have the vaccination. There are two types of vaccinations in the form. The student has to have only one in his/her home country and send the form to NAU before arriving.

Note: All applicants are required to fill out ON-LINE a Housing Application Form and Airport Pick-Up Form, and email a soft copy Meningitis Form BEFORE arrival.

NAU college policy states limitations of assistance to student(s) without proper forms as follows:

Without the Housing Form, NAU cannot guarantee housing to arriving student(s). It may cost between $60 and $90 USD per night to stay at a nearby hotel at the student’s expense; as well as transportation, which could cost between $30 and $50 USD one way by taxi cab.

Without the Airport Pick-Up application, NAU personnel cannot be held responsible for airport pick-up arrangements of arriving student(s).

Without immunization of Bacterial Meningitis and the accompanying Meningitis Form, Texas State Law requires arriving student(s) to stay in non-college accommodations for at least 10 days (close to $600 to $900 USD), obtain a vaccination ($100-$250 USD), and be responsible for transportation to and from administering clinic(s).

All Applicants must bring the I-20 and all required documents with them. There is a risk in returning to your country for forgotten and/or lost documents at the checkpoint (students will not be allowed to enter the United States without an I-20 and a visa).

Applicants must be diligent in maintaining proper documentations in the United States. The practices of a student’s country may not match with the practices of the United States. Contact the Admission Counselor to verify the required documents.

Research any banks that have locations in the United States and the Applicant’s home country. Known banks with global locations are CITI Bank, HSBC, and Chase. NAU does not endorse any particular banking institution.

Purchase airline tickets with the port of entry in Houston (IAH). Airlines that transfer in Europe include Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Air France, or KLM for ease in arrival to Houston.

Most airlines allow one piece of baggage (with a maximum weight of 23 kg) and one carry-on and one personal item. Be sure to check with the airline on luggage minimum/maximum.

Official documents that should be on the Applicant’s person during travel are the passport and the I-20. Do not put these items into your checked luggage as a U.S. customs officer will ask for them.

Note: Do not put items such as money, laptops, or digital cameras in checked luggage. For security reasons, place these items in a personal carry bag/purse.

Transportation other than a vehicle is difficult in Houston. A driver’s license is advisable; however, it is recommended to wait at least six months before buying a car in order to speak fluent English, if necessary, with a police officer, and to navigate easily around the city and surrounding areas.
The following links offer information on obtaining an International Driver License:

1- Passport
2- I-20
3- Copies of documents submitted to obtain an I-20 and a visa

Bring clothes including underwear in a carry-on in case checked luggage is lost.
Houston weather rarely experiences freezing temperatures. Light jackets or sweaters that can be worn in layers over street clothes should be adequate.

Food – It is forbidden to bring meat, vegetables, and fruits into the United States. There are many nationalities represented in Houston and it is easy to find a store that carries familiar food.
Fragrances and personal-care items over 100 ml must be carefully packaged in checked luggage. Travel-size containers should be used for items carried in personal/carry-on items.
Dictionary and/or Pocket Translator.
Electronic converters for laptop, digital camera, cell phone, etc. The United States operates on 110 Volt.

Healthcare is more expensive than in most other countries. Please have a comprehensive physical with dental and vision exams before coming to the United States.

Visit a dentist for oral health check-up. Dentists are generally more expensive here.

Visit an ophthalmologist for a vision exam. Glasses and contacts are expensive here.

Any medication that is prescribed to take regularly should be translated into English and verified legal in the United States. Bring extra in case local pharmacies do not carry your medication. Obtaining antibiotics in the United States requires a prescription from a doctor.

NAU provides Health Insurance, which is mandatory for all international students. Health Insurance is automatically billed to the student’s account upon arrival.

Phone cards may be purchased nearly anywhere from airports to gas stations.

The NAU Student Service Office can assist students in obtaining a cell phone in a reasonable time frame.

NAU provides both Wi-Fi and Cable internet on campus and in student housing.

NAU Campus: 11929 W Airport Blvd, Stafford, TX, 77477