Welcome to Northland Pioneer College (NPC).
Our knowledgeable team consisting of the Principal/Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and the Designated School Official (DSO) are here to help you. This office promotes positive engagement with NPC staff, students, and our community through collaboration.
- Strengthening the academic infrastructure for international education
- Supporting faculty development through international teaching
- Admitting international students
(8 CFR 214.3(j): This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.
ALERT! Please note that Medical Degrees for international students are not available at this time. More Info
Requirements for Admission - Application
ATTENTION - Application Health insurance is required!!All international students in F-1 status are required to have student health insurance, each semester. Click for more Information.
Transfer students without a postsecondary degree must have a 2.5-grade point average (GPA) to be considered for admission to NPC. Transfer students with an associate’s or bachelor’s degree will be considered for admission with a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
NOTE: Applications will not be accepted until all paperwork is submitted
Costs & Fees
Costs & Fees
Estimated tuition and fees are included in the International Admission Application.
If you have a sponsor that is going to support you financially, they will need to sign the form and submit backup documentation on the International Admission Application.
NPC reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice, upon approval by the Arizona Board of Regents or as otherwise consistent with Board policy, and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at NPC at that time, as well as to incoming students. Fees listed are per year in US dollars, unless otherwise listed.
Undergraduate, or exchange students, to learn about tuition terms and conditions, payment, and associated fees, please visit https://www.npc.edu/tuition-fees
Transfer Student Credit Policy
If your university is recognized by the Ministry of Education in your home country, or if it is directly accredited by one of the United States regional accrediting bodies, we will grant transfer credit. Students must submit official postsecondary transcripts and course descriptions in English in order to receive transfer credit and have a grade of C or better. Please note that transfer credit will not be awarded for remedial-level classes. The academic unit will determine direct equivalency for any major required courses.
Transfer credit is a two-step process. Step one involves international admissions posting transfer credit and determining liberal studies designations. Step two involves the student providing course descriptions and syllabi to their department. The student will work with their department advisor to determine if any transferred classes meet major requirements.
Transfer in Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
Students currently attending a secondary or postsecondary institution in the United States will be able to transfer their I-20 Form from their current institution to NPC. Students must complete the Transfer-In Form with their current international advisor or designated school official (DSO). To complete the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) transfer procedure, NPC must verify that the student is (was) in valid F-1 status at the school in the term preceding the student’s transfer or preceding an authorized vacation. The form will be completed by the student’s current international advisor or DSO.
Information regarding your status
International students are responsible for becoming familiar with the regulations related to their status. To understand the regulations related to F-1 status, please read the following information carefully. Always contact the DSO for specific questions.
Failure to maintain status
What happens if an F-1 student fails to maintain their status?
If an F-1 student fails to maintain their immigration status, their SEVIS record will be terminated according to regulations. In this situation, a student is no longer eligible for any benefits of F-1 status such as on- or off-campus employment, travel signature for reentry to the United States, off-campus employment authorization, and any other benefits of F-1 status.
If a student has failed to maintain F-1 status, there are two options to regain status. These options should be discussed with the DSO before making a decision, as each situation is unique.
Option 1: Travel & reentry (travel)
A student, who has lost their F-1 status, can request a new I-20, travel out of the US, and re-enter on the new I-20.
Option 2: reinstatement (maintain student status)
If the reason behind the student’s failure to maintain their status is out of their control, they may be eligible for reinstatement. However, not all reinstatement applications are approved by USCIS. Under any circumstances, a student who has a pending reinstatement must continue to maintain the regulatory requirements of their F-1 visa and must remain in the United States. There is no appeal process if the reinstatement is denied.
Students are required to be enrolled full-time during required semesters in order to remain in lawful F-1 status.
- Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 12 credits for each required* semester of study
- Required* semesters are fall and spring. The summer is only a required term if enrollment is required by your program or if the summer is your final term.
- Summer semester is considered a “vacation” term if you are continuing your studies into the fall semester. You may enroll full-time, part-time, or not at all during the summer vacation term.
- Audited courses do not count toward the full-time enrollment requirements.
If you withdraw from a course, it will not count toward your full-time enrollment regardless of whether the course is during the current semester or you are requesting a retroactive withdrawal and the course would have been required to meet full-time enrollment in the past.
Failure to enroll in the minimum number of credits will result in the loss of your F-1 immigration status (also called termination). If your immigration status is terminated, you should plan to leave the United States immediately. Failure to depart could lead to your removal from the US, and possible difficulty receiving a visa or change of status in the future.
Information about exceptions to the full-time enrollment requirement is located under ‘Reduced course loads’ below.
Changes to program
If you are updating your major or minor, you will need to notify the DSO to make changes to your immigration documents.
- Your family sponsor must sign the International Undergraduate Admissions Financial Guarantee form.
- You must provide a bank statement that includes the name(s) of the family sponsor in English issued no longer than 6 months ago. The currency shown must be in liquid funds, cover at least one academic year (less if the I-20 is for a shorter period), and be available for immediate withdrawal.
- Financial support document or guarantee from the sponsoring organization that includes validity dates through the current or upcoming semester.
Scholarships/grants or other independent funding:
- Include your scholarship/grant or other funding support document from the supporting organization for review. If the organization only covers a portion of the funding, then please submit additional financial support documents as laid out in the other categories (general, sponsored, self-sponsored).
- Self-funded students must supply a bank statement with English equivalents that include the name(s) of the applicant in Latin letters issued within the last six months. The currency shown must be in liquid funds, cover at least one academic year (less if the I-20 is for a shorter period), and be available for immediate withdrawal.
International change of major/minor
If you wish to change your major at NPC, you must complete the following four-step process:
- Discuss your situation with your academic advisor and then complete the Change of Major form from the Office of the Registrar.
- Submit form to the Registrar Front Desk or via iNPC for signature.
- Once approved, you will receive an email to pick up your signed Change of Major Form from ISSS. Once picked up, you should take it to the Office of Registrar in order for your major change to be reflected on your LOUIE portal.
- When the Office of the Registrar confirms they have processed your request, complete the Change of Major/Minor form on iNPC. A new I-20 will be issued to reflect changes to your major and you will be notified by email that your new I-20 is ready for pick-up. Minors will be recorded in SEVIS, but no new I-20 will be issued. Note: If adding a second major, please email the DSO once you have submitted the form to the Office of the Registrar to request a new I-20.
Change of Level/New Degree Program
If you have completed a degree at NPC and plan to continue at NPC in a new degree level, please communicate with the DSO about the requirements to receive a new SEVIS document before the completion of your current program.
Required International Information Updates
As an F-1 student, you are required to report any changes to your biographical, financial, and academic information to the DSO within 10 days of the change occurring.
Some changes can be reported to email@example.com:
- Current US address (both physical and mailing). These include:
- Moving from one off-campus address to another
- Temporary address changes during the school year or in the summer
- Changes in your US phone number
- Transfer request to another US institution
- Other relevant changes can be reported via email to the DSO:
- Home country address changes
- Name changes
- Changes in your financial situation
- Your intent to withdraw from NPC
- Request to change to another degree level
- Request to change to another immigration status
- If you are unsure about information reporting, please contact us at isss@NPC.edu
US Passport Application Acceptance Facility
Update 10/05/2022: If you have applied at our acceptance facility, but have not received your passport or evidence of citizenship from the U.S. Department of State, please visit https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html to get an update on your application status.
- For more information about passport facilities throughout the United States, please consult https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast/passport-agencies.html for the most up-to-date information.
All applicants must submit a certified copy of their birth certificate or a previously issued passport. A certified copy of your birth certificate must have an embedded stamp or a raised seal, photocopies are not accepted as proof of citizenship by the US Department of State. For unusual circumstances or minors under 16 years of age please visit the US Department of State website or call 1-877-487-2778. You must present one of the following identification documents (IDs). The ID must readily identify you. If you cannot present one of the primary photo IDs above, you must present a combination of secondary IDs below:
Application requirements for you to obtain your U.S. passport:
All applicants must submit a certified copy of their birth certificate or a previously issued passport. A certified copy of your birth certificate must have an embedded stamp or a raised seal, photocopies are not accepted as proof of citizenship by the US Department of State.
For unusual circumstances or minors under 16 years of age please visit the US Department of State website or call 1-877-487-2778.
You must present one of the following identification documents (IDs). The ID must readily identify you.
If you cannot present one of the primary photo IDs above, you must present a combination of secondary IDs below:
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