Frequently Asked Questions

Does National University assist international students with housing?
Yes, our International Student Services department will assist you in arranging housing accommodations. Although National University does not have on-campus housing, we do work with various vendors to provide housing options to students.

Housing options available are:

  • Homestay – Live with an American family in their home
  • Apartments – Furnished or unfurnished
  • Hotels – Temporary stay

Contact our International Student Services office at  or for assistance.

What are the health insurance requirements for international students?  
If you have an F-1 non-immigrant student visa, you are required to have health insurance for the duration of your studies. You are responsible for maintaining current health insurance at all times.

The minimum requirements are:

  • Benefit: $250,000 per illness/injury
  • Deductible: $50 per illness/injury

You must submit acceptable proof of health insurance at Orientation. If you do not have proof on Orientation day you will need to purchase insurance at Orientation.


  • Purchase health insurance through a National University preferred vendor.
  • Purchase health insurance on your own and provide proof of plan coverage to NU.
    • Proof includes a document (letter or plan summary) in English (on insurance company letterhead) with your name and coverage, including effective and expiration dates.

Please note: If a plan is purchased that does not meet the minimum requirements, you will be required to purchase additional insurance that meets the minimum requirement. No exceptions.

What is the international student prepayment policy?
If you are attending National University on an F-1 visa, you are required to pay tuition and fees for your first three classes prior to arrival as part of the check-in process. Tuition for these three classes is non-refundable.

Payment must be made via credit card or wire transfer. No bank drafts (checks) accepted. If payment is not received prior to the orientation date listed on your I-20 form, an administrative hold will be placed on your record. All records and services are withheld from students who have outstanding financial obligations to the University.

Is there an orientation for new students?
Yes, National University hosts new student orientation monthly.  International student orientation is an opportunity for you to meet faculty, staff and current students, while completing all necessary paperwork and registration for classes. Attendance at orientation is mandatory.

As you prepare for your journey to the U.S. and National University, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with helpful information on what to expect, what to bring with you, and transportation in the area. We hope you will find your stay in the United States enjoyable and exciting.

What to expect during Orientation

  • Meet with staff and faculty
  • Tour the campus
  • Receive your student ID card
  • Open a bank account
  • Register with Immigration
  • Attend information sessions
  • Register for courses*
  • Purchase health insurance

*Your program schedule may include courses in the evenings (5:30 pm – 10:00 pm).

Pre-arrival tips & checklist:

  • Reserve housing (homestay or hotel) for the day of your arrival at a minimum.
    • Please reference our housing guide for further details and options.
  • Reserve transportation from the airport to your designated housing the day of your arrival.
    • Rides on Time service will pick you up at San Diego or LAX airports. Reserve online at
  • Bring contact information of your housing reservation for the day of your arrival.
    • Phone number and address of your host family or the hotel where you will be staying.
    • Make sure you are able to get to where you need to be.
  • Bring enough money to pay for your housing fees, health insurance, books, and personal expenses.

Required documents and fees due on the first day of orientation

  • SEVIS I-20
  • Passport
  • Original academic certificates, diplomas, transcripts/marksheets
  • Original English proficiency scores: DAAD, TOEFL or IELTS (if applicable)
  • Proof of health insurance (must meet minimum requirements)
    • Document in English (on insurance company letterhead) to include your name and plan coverage, including effective and expiration dates
    • Minimum Requirement: $250,000 per illness/injury with a $50 deductible
    • If you do not have proof of health insurance on orientation day you will need to purchase insurance at orientation

What types of scholarship opportunities are available to international students?

International Student Scholarship for prospective students
The International Student Scholarship is available to prospective international students at National University. Applicants must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for consideration. If selected for this scholarship, you will be awarded tuition reimbursement for 50 percent of the first four courses in your academic program.

International Student Leadership Scholarship for current international students
The International Student Leadership Scholarship is available to international students currently enrolled at National University. Applicants must demonstrate extraordinary leadership in either academics or community service for consideration. If selected for this scholarship,  you will be awarded tuition reimbursement for 50 percent of two courses of your current academic program.

National University Transfer to Success Scholarship
The Transfer to Success Scholarship is intended for California or Nevada community college students, or students from an approved out-of-state community college, who will enroll at National University directly from community college with the goal of earning a bachelor’s degree. If you qualify, the award will pay up to $5,000 and the admission fee will be credited to your account. No formal scholarship application is required and funds are automatically awarded students.

What types of employment options are available for F-1 visa students?
F-1 visa students may be eligible for the employment types listed below. For assistance with the application process, please contact the International Programs Office at, or your International Student Services representative at (San Diego) or (Los Angeles).

  • Unpaid internships
    Students enrolled in an academic degree program may participate in an unpaid internship without authorization from the USCIS or DSO.
  • On-campus employment
    Students enrolled in an academic degree program may work on campus without authorization from the USCIS or DSO. Students cannot work more than 20 hours a week (part-time), and must end employment upon completion of their degree program.
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)
    Students must have maintained full-time student status for one academic year prior to applying for pre-completion or post-completion OPT. Students must have applied and received authorization from the USCIS prior to starting employment. Pre-completion OPT cannot be for more than 20 hours a week and will affect the allotted time for post-completion OPT.
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
    CPT must have a valid purpose in a student’s program of study. CPT must be part of an established curriculum, and students must have maintained full-time student status for one academic year. This option must be published in the University catalog and/or departmental literature and must be available for all students. Students must have authorized from the instructor and DSO/Immigration Specialist.