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Undergraduate International Students

Undergraduate International Students Policies
Undergraduate International Students Policies

Villanova Welcomes International Students!

Students around the world can now earn a degree from an accredited U.S.-based university – without ever leaving their home country! Villanova University is pleased to welcome international students into its online undergraduate degree program.1

International applicants are defined by Villanova as any non-U.S. citizen, or any U.S. or other citizen whose undergraduate degree or diploma was earned outside of the U.S. These individuals may be required to submit additional materials – such as a credential evaluation or TOEFL score – in addition to the basic application components required of all applicants. See below for details.

International Student Admission Requirements for RN to BSN

International applications will be considered complete when all of the following have been received:

  • A completed application form with a one-time, non-refundable $85 application fee, made payable in U.S. dollars.
  • An original credential evaluation/translation of all non-degree bearing and degree-bearing transcripts from a certified credential agency (see below)
  • Proof of English language proficiency (see below) for applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents unless they hold their degree from a U.S. institution
  • Personal statement (written in English) describing the applicant's relevant experience and ultimate career goals
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably by professionals in the Nursing field, such as a Nursing Educator or Clinical Nurse Supervisor) that speak to clinical strengths and aptitude for advanced study.
  • Official transcripts from the nursing program completed and for all colleges/universities attended.
  • If currently enrolled in the last semester of an NLNAC-accredited diploma or associate degree nursing program, submit completed transcripts to date and courses in progress. Licensure will be required prior to enrollment in a clinical course.
  • A satisfactory criminal background check through, including drug screening and finger printing. These documents are required prior to completion of the second session.2
  • A completed resume, Clinical History and Physical form3
  • Evidence of malpractice insurance3
  • CPR Certification3

Official transcript evaluations/translations and TOEFL scores (if applicable) must be mailed directly from the issuing agency to Bisk at the following address:

Villanova University Online/Bisk
Attn: Academic Admin
9417 Princess Palm Ave., Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33619-8348

Toll Free: 1-866-220-0017

International: +1-813-612-5305

Proof of English Language Proficiency

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents unless they hold their degree from a U.S. institution must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting an official copy of their TOEFL or IELTS scores, with a minimum passing grade of 85 on the Internet-based test or 550 on the paper-based test, and a minimum passing grade of 7 on the IELTS. Test results must be mailed directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to Bisk at the address above.

Credential Evaluation Agencies

Applicants who earned their degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education must submit an official credential evaluation/translation of all degree-bearing transcripts, completed by one of the following agencies: CGFNS (Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools), WES (World Education Services) or Josef Silny & Associates.

1 Villanova University does not provide any assistance in obtaining student visas for online degree programs.

2 The background check is required for review prior to completion of the second session.

3 Must be submitted two months prior to starting clinical courses and be current through completion of clinical courses, or you cannot enroll in NUR 4113 or NUR 4117.