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National University

United States


Based in sunny California, National University is a large, private, non-profit institution which provides accessible higher education programs either on campus or online.

Established in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy captain, David Chigos, the university's founding mission, is to serve the unique needs of lifelong learners by focusing on quality, access, and affordability. National University educates students across all 50 states and from 65 countries. Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a rich cultural community. National University embraces diversity, and gladly welcomes students from all over the globe.

There are numerous undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from, ranging from healthcare to business and management, engineering to criminal justice and homeland security. With year-round enrollment, and the one-course-per-month format, students study at an accelerated pace, allowing them to graduate quicker and at an affordable price.

The university is primarily located in California where students will be able to find countless exciting activities to engage in outside of their studies. From beaches to museums, and with a significant international cultural influence, there is something for everyone. Californian cities are well-regarded for the career opportunities available to graduates. San Diego is known as ''America's Finest City" a reputation it has earned for its 70 miles of breath-taking coastline, beautiful weather, cultural sites, and year-round outdoor activities. San Jose is a global city, notable as a center of innovation, and the economic, cultural and political center of Silicon Valley. Los Angeles is multicultural and ignites creativity in both personal and professional pursuits.

Degrees are WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) accredited, meaning degrees are recognized worldwide. Graduates join a global network of more than 150,000 talented alumni who are making a positive impact on the world.

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What's new

What's new

The National University Language Institute has an extensive range of English Language and Pathway Programs (ELP). Here, students, visitors and professionals are able to enhance their interactive English language skills which are important for success in academic and professional settings, as well as in daily life.

The main programs available for international students:

  • English Communication – for improving skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing English
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) – for students who are planning to study at college- or university-level in an English-speaking country
  • English Communication and Culture – short term for groups looking for customized curriculum to meet the needs and expectations of the group.

Courses can be studied via the one-term-per-month structure. They are led by highly-qualified and passionate educators.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

National University has surpassed nationwide benchmarks for academic excellence. Students can expect a thorough education provided by professors with high levels of expertise at National University. Faculty members are nationally recognized for their academic achievements, with over 80 percent of full-time faculty having the highest-level possible degree in their academic fields.

National University has been ranked 34th as the college with the best professors out of 111 institutions in California. It has also been rated as the 13th best online college out of 153 colleges in the Niche ranking of 2019 Best Online Colleges in America. Data has been taken from the U.S. Department of Education.

With an average student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1, students can thrive from small class sizes where learning is interactive. All academic staff are passionate about creating an inspirational learning environment where students are able to gain real-world experience and develop the skills needed for successful careers.

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Department structure

Department structure

Dedicated to educational access and academic excellence, National University provides challenging and relevant programs that are student-centred, success-oriented, and have a proven balance of theoretical and practical attributes.

There are many on campus and online program options, and with the concentrated learning model where students can focus on one course per month, students can save time and money. This means that if 12 courses are needed for a degree, the degree can be completed in just 12 months.

Popular programs include:

  • Business Administration
  • Accountancy
  • Financial Management
  • Management
  • Human Resources
  • Management Information Systems
  • Public Health
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Public Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security and Information Assurance
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Data Analytics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Human Behavior

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Students applying to National University are supported by the International Admissions and Student Services teams which provide information, and guidance from application through graduation.

There are a number of entry requirements for successful admission.


  • Successful completion of high school (year 12 or equivalent)
  • Grade point average minimum 2.0 (4-point scale)


  • Four-year bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Grade point average minimum 2.5 (4-point scale)
  • Bologna-compliant degree programs may be eligible
  • *Student's with a three-year bachelor's degree may be eligible to enroll into the Foreign Credential Bridge program (FCBP).

English Proficiency:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • 70 iBT undergraduate / 79 iBT graduate

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • 5.5 undergraduate (no bands lower than 5) / 6.0 graduate (no bands lower than 5)

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTEA)

  • 50 undergraduate / 58 graduate


  • 5 undergraduate / 5 graduate

National University's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program

  • Level 800

Students are encouraged to check with an admissions advisor for further details and information.

*Additional Documents will be required for issuance of a SEVIS I-20

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For international students studying on campus or online via digital learning, there are many services available which are designed to ensure that students have a smooth and enjoyable educational experience.

The SOAR Student Portal is an online resource where students can view their schedule, grades, purchase bus passes and textbooks. The university also uses Blackboard Learn for assistance with studies.

The National University Library System has an immense collection of e-books, electronic databases, text journals, and other online resources. There is also the online bookstore, where students can find all of the textbooks needed for their lessons.

Each of National University's campuses are closely located to downtown, beach areas, green spaces, museums and many other attractions. There are a number of activities arranged by the university for students to enjoy in their free time, including sightseeing trips and sports events, as well as the student-run clubs and organizations.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

At National University, international students pay the same amount of tuition fees as domestic students. The university has dedicated scholarships for international students and there are two international student scholarship programs. These are primarily awarded on the basis of academic excellence and help students financially during their studies at the institution.

International Student Scholarship

For international students applying to National University, a 50 percent discount on the first four academic courses is available.

International Student Leadership Scholarship

For international students who are already enrolled at National University, there is a 50 percent discount on two of their academic courses. Students must be able to show exemplary leadership skills in either an academic or community setting.

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