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BSN Program Admissions - International Students

Duquesne University is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant foreign nationals. However, no immigration documents can be issued until all application materials, including financial resource certification, have been received. All international students are required to have health insurance per U.S. immigration law and University policy. For more information, please visit the Office of International Programs.

Applicants please note:
Individuals planning to practice in Pennsylvania who have been convicted of any crime (felony or misdemeanor) in any court or who have any criminal charges pending/unresolved may be prohibited from licensure or re-licensure as a Registered Nurse OR may be mandated to complete additional requirements in order to be eligible for licensure, as determined by the PA State Board of Nursing. Any student with such a history must contact the PA State Board of Nursing Bureau of Health Professionals Monitoring (717-783-4857) for guidance prior to enrollment.

Students who plan on applying for licensure outside of the state of Pennsylvania should contact the State Board of Nursing in their respective state.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

  • English is the language of instruction at Duquesne University.

  • ALL accepted undergraduate students whose first language is other than English, are required to sit for English Language Placement Tests.

  • Applicants to undergraduate degree programs are not required to take the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, however, it is highly recommended. Scores should be submitted as part of the application.

  • Students who submit official TOEFL scores of 575p (90 iBT) or higher, current to within one year, are excused from English Language Placement Tests except for the written and spoken English tests.

  • TOEFL scores are required for waiver from certain ESL (English as a Second Language) courses as well as for exit from the ESL Program

  • If test results indicate needed assistance with English, the student will be enrolled for appropriate courses in the on-campus ESL Program.

  • The number of major-related courses that may be taken together with any assigned ESL classes will depend upon placement testing results.

School of Nursing Admissions Criteria

You must meet all international admissions requirements as determined by the Office of International Programs in addition to the School of Nursing admissions requirements.

Academic guidelines for high school students:

Required Courses

Recommended Courses

Helpful Courses

Algebra I (1 year)
General Science (1 year)
Biology (1 year)
Chemistry (1 year)
English (4 years)
Social Studies (3-4 years)

Algebra II
Plane Geometry I
Computer Science
Advanced Science
Oral Communication
Fine Arts


  • Graduation from an institution of higher learning recognized as an acceptable equivalent to a U.S. high school.

  • A demonstrated record of acceptable academic success.

  • A score of 575 (90 iBT) or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) OR students are required to take English Language Placement Tests upon arrival.

  • A personal/phone interview with a representative of the School of Nursing is highly recommended prior to admission. Contact Alexis Weaver, Nursing Recruiter   412.396.6539   weavera2@duq.edu

Students must meet the Technical Standards for Admission.

Application Process

1. Complete the online Duquesne University International Application.
Please choose the INTERNATIONAL application, not the Undergraduate application.

2. Provide an official transcript of high school grades.

3. Provide a statement addressing your decision to pursue a BSN degree and future career goals. Use a separate sheet and limit to one typed page, double-spaced.

4. Provide two recommendation letters from a school principal or teacher.

5. Submit a check or money order for the $50 application fee (non-refundable) made payable to Duquesne University.

6. Mail application package to:
Office of International Programs
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15282

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are submitted. No final decision can be made on any application until all required documentation is on file.

A personal/phone interview with the Office of International Programs and the School of Nursing is also strongly recommended.