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National University

Check whether National University is right for you as an international student.

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San Diego, USA
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Study abroad at National University

National University (NU) is a forward-thinking institution based in the US. From its 20 campus locations in San Diego and Los Angeles, the University delivers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in areas like business, healthcare, engineering, and law.

NU is particularly passionate about helping individuals with existing work, family, or military commitments to reach their academic goals. That’s why they also offer over 75 fully-online programs. Thanks to these flexible study options, students can earn a qualification anytime, anywhere.

No matter where, how, or what you choose to study, NU will support you. As well as state-of-the-art facilities and online platforms, you’ll have access to extensive career and wellbeing advice.

NU’s Center for Student Engagement and Activities works hard to ensure you have an enjoyable experience beyond the classroom too. Whether you’re interested in robotics, marketing, or anything in between, you’ll find like-minded people and form new friendships.

Why study at National University?

  • Flexible learning

    Online classes and one-course-per-month formats make it easy for you to fit your education around your existing commitments

  • Scholarship opportunities

    The University offers a range of merit-based scholarships specifically for international students

  • Educational partnerships

    NU works alongside leading San Diego employers to provide students with great work experience and employment opportunities

  • WSCUC accredited

    NU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission

  • Great location

    San Diego is known as ‘America’s finest city’ thanks to its majestic beaches and stunning weather

Life as an international student

Southern California is a melting pot of diverse cultures, cuisines, religions, and languages, so you won’t need to worry about fitting into the state’s international community. However, if you would like some extra support, NU’s International Student Services are second to none.

During the admissions process, you’ll be assigned a dedicated student advisor. The multilingual advisor will guide you through the different stages of enrollment and will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have about language requirements, application forms, visas, accommodation, and much more.

After arriving on campus, you’ll take part in a range of orientation activities, including sight-seeing trips and welcome events. These are a great way to meet fellow students and settle into your new home.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
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    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
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    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
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    • Campus parking
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    • Academic Tutoring & Support

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Fees and funding

Tuition and fees - US$15,912 per year

Prospective Student - Undergraduate

The average amount is $3,330 and is based in academic merit (minimum GPA: 2.0+)

Prospective Student - Graduate

The average amount is $3,978 and is based in academic merit (minimum GPA: 2.5+)

Current Student - Undergraduate

The average amount is $1,665 and is based in academic merit

Current Student - Graduate

The average amount is $1,989 and is based in academic merit

Associate Degree for transfer

CCC Transfer Students who have recently earned their Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), Associate of Arts (AA), or Associate of Science (AS) degree within 12 months of applying to NU are eligible for the transfer scholarship pricing of $880 per course. Additional coursework beyond the 90 quarter units may be required for AA and AS transferred degrees.

Transfer to Success

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. The award will pay up to $5,000 and the admission fee will be credited to the student’s account. To be eligible for this award, students must be enrolling for the first time at the University and be in good academic standing at the community college and have an incoming 2.0 grade point average at the time of application to National University


National University

9388 Lightwave Ave, San Diego, CA 92123, United States

NU boasts six convenient campus locations around San Diego County, as well as classrooms on military bases, such as Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, and Camp Pendleton.

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