International Students

International students in the Student Union Building

North Idaho College welcomes the enrollment of international students and encourages them to participate in the educational, social, and cultural activities of our local community.

Admissions Requirements and Information

International students must meet the same admissions requirements as domestic students. Students must have graduated from a secondary school and have the minimum English abilities to succeed in college. International students who are transferring from a US college or university must have a minimum 2.00 grade point average. All application materials from students who are located abroad should be sent to the Admissions Office at least six (6) months before registration in order to allow time for evaluation and notice of acceptance. International students who are applying from within the United States need to submit all materials no less than one month prior to registration.

Submit the following for admission:

  1. International Student Application
    1. Application for Admission
  2. Copy of passport
  3. Financial Declaration: International students must have sufficient financial resources to fully meet all institutional and personal expenses while studying in the United States. (Financial Declaration may be also be downloaded from the Admissions Application)
    North Idaho College will not bear responsibility for an international student’s finances!
  4. Certificate of Health - Immunization record (Certificate of Health may be also be downloaded from the Admissions Application)
  5. Official English proficiency scores: Minimum scores for the TOEFL are 500 (paper-based) and 173 (computer-based), 61 (internet-based). TOEFL information can be obtained online at Minimum scores for the IELTS is 5.0 overall score. IELTS information can be obtained online at
  6. Official high school transcript: Also known as secondary school transcript and/or confirmation of graduation. * Must be translated to English
  7. Official college transcripts: from all colleges attended. An original, certified English translation must accompany those documents which are not in English.*
  8. SAT scores: These must be submitted to obtain admission to North Idaho College. If you are in the U.S. and can provide COMPASS scores, or if you have attended college in the U.S. we may waive the SAT score requirement. To search for a location, date and time to take your test, please visit
  9. Health Insurance: International students are required to purchase personal health insurance. Proof of insurance will be required once you arrive at North Idaho College.

* Official transcripts are original copies provided in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing school to the North Idaho College Admissions Office.

Send all forms to:
or mail to:
Office of Admissions
North Idaho College
1000 West Garden Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814 USA

NIC will issue an I-20 to accepted students who provide the appropriate admissions and financial documentation.

North Idaho College recognizes that there is a natural source of concern for safety on campus and in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act the college publishes an annual security and fire safety report that contains information regarding North Idaho College’s safety policies, crime and fire statistics, and campus resources. A paper copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the Campus Security at (208) 769-3310.

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Founded in 1933, North Idaho College is a comprehensive community college located on the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene. NIC offers degrees and certificates in a wide spectrum of academic transfer, career and technical, and general education programs. Approximately 6,000 students are enrolled in credit classes ... continued

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