International Students

Welcome to PLNU! We’re excited that you’re considering making our campus your home for the next few years. Each year, students from more than 20 different countries attend PLNU, and we hope you’ll be one of them!

We know that transferring to a new school and country can be a big transition, and we’re committed to making that transition as smooth as possible. As an international student, you can either apply as a high school senior or a transfer student. Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry—we’re here to answer your questions and walk you through the application process step by step.


High School Seniors

Early Action
Deadline: November 15
Notification is mailed mid-December
General Admission
Deadline: February 15
Notification is mailed mid-to-late March


Transfer Students

General Admission
Fall Deadline: February 15
Notification is mailed mid-to-late March
Spring Deadline: October 1
Notification is mailed mid-to-late November



We understand that your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person. That’s why we are committed to reviewing your application thoroughly and giving it the individual care and attention it deserves. We believe you have more to offer than just a GPA or test score, which is why there is no numeric formula that determines admittance. Rather, we use a holistic evaluation approach to determine whether you are a good fit for PLNU. You may be the person we’re looking for in our next incoming class, so we encourage you to apply, even if you’re unsure of your qualifications.

To be considered for admission into PLNU, you must have a complete application, including high school and/or college transcripts, English proficiency scores (see below for accepted exams), two essays, and two letters of recommendation. You also have the option of conducting an interview with the International Admissions Counselor, which is highly recommended.


  Apply using our online application

  Submit two letters of recommendation (one academic and one spiritual)

  Submit two essays

  Pay the $55 application fee online or by mail

  Send official transcripts

  Submit official proof of English proficiency

  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS score. TOEFL or IELTS scores can be waived if you take the SAT or ACT.

  • Minimum scores: TOEFL (80 iBT) or IELTS (6.5)

  OPTIONAL: Request an in-person, phone, or Skype interview (strongly recommended)

Please note: If admitted, and before enrolling, students will be required to submit bank statement(s) or financial support letter(s).

Ready to get started with your application?

Click here if you are an International Transfer Student.

Click here if you are an International Student applying in your last year of high school.


Still have questions? Our admissions counselors are here to help.

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I'm confused about the SAT--are you looking at the Old SAT or the current SAT?"

Great question. Read more about PLNU's policy regarding Old and New SAT scores here.


How can I have my coursework evaluated and approved to receive credit at PLNU?

For transcript evaluation, PLNU strongly suggests using Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI), but will accept accredited transcripts from members of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE). For first-time freshman applicants, you need to request a course-by-course evaluation with a GPA. Transfer applicants looking to receive credit from a foreign college need to request a course match report that includes the course description and GPA. If you have any questions in regard to what evaluation type you should choose, please contact the International Admissions Counselor. PLNU is not responsible for evaluating foreign transcripts or coursework.


Am I eligible for scholarships as an International Student?

YES! International Students are eligible for Merit- Based Scholarships, Involvement Scholarships, Outside Scholarships (dependent upon scholarship qualifications), and Endowed Scholarships. For more information visit the Scholarships and Aid page.




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