International applicants

International applicants must meet a few other requirements in addition to the nursing program application requirements.

Proof of English Proficiency

Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English language proficiency set by the UW School of Nursing. You can waive this requirement only if you either:

  1. have received a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a regionally-accredited school in the United States, or from a school in the following countries:
    • Australia
    • The Bahamas
    • Canada
    • Ireland
    • Jamaica
    • Kenya
    • New Zealand
    • Singapore
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • United Kingdom; or
  2. can provide official evidence that their previous degree instruction was in English

An undergraduate degree must be equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree, and documentation must be given to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

For questions about whether you can waive this requirement, please contact the School of Nursing.

English Proficiency Scores

Submit one score for General English Proficiency (score must be from within the past two years).

If you do not successfully complete the English proficiency requirements, you cannot continue enrollment as a graduate student.

Minimum General Score: Reading, Writing, Comprehension*

IELTS** 7.0
TOEFLiBT 92
TOEFL PBT 580

*Successful completion of the University of Washington Intensive English Program before admission to the University of Washington will substitute for the reading/writing/comprehension test scores above.

**We are phasing out usage of IELTS. IELTS with a test session date after November 1, 2016 will not be accepted.

IELTS has been removed as a test type from the “Report English Proficiency Scores” section of the online application. Applicants can still electronically report the official test score by following instructions in the FAQs (Tests > Will you accept my IELTS test?).

Transcript Evaluations

You must send foreign transcript evaluations from an approved evaluation service for any college or university you have attended outside the United States.

Send official foreign transcripts to one of the evaluation services listed below for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report. Have the evaluation reports sent to you.

Your application will include:

  1. Original foreign transcripts with English translations (if applicable; include in your online UW MyGrad application)
  2. Transcript evaluation reports (send to sonapply@uw.edu with the Subject “Foreign Transcript Evaluation for PhD”)

You do not need to submit a foreign transcript if you attended a foreign university through a study abroad program and the credits appear on your school’s transcript, but you must submit a foreign transcript and evaluation if you are using a course taken internationally as a prerequisite course.

Approved Transcript Evaluation Services

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

Foreign Education Credential Services

One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 520

Washington DC 20036-1135

Phone: (202) 296 3359

Website: http://www.aacrao.org

Center for Educational Documentation

P.O. Box 170116

Boston, MA 02117

Phone: (617) 338 7171

Website: http://www.cedevaluations.com

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.

P.O. Box 514070

Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

Phone: (414) 289 3400|
Website: https://www.ece.org/

Education Evaluators International, Inc.

11 South Angell Street, #348

Providence, RI 02906

Phone: (401) 521 5340

Fax: (401) 437 6474

Website: http://www.educei.com
Email: eval@educei.com

Foreign Credentials Service of America

1910 Justin Lane

Austin, TX 78757-2411

Phone: (512) 459 4565

Website: http://www.foreigncredentials.org/

International Education Evaluations, Inc.

7900 Matthews Mint Hill Rd., Suite 300

Charlotte, NC 28227

Phone: (704) 772 0109

Website: http://www.foreigntranscripts.com/

International Education Research Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 3665

Culver City, CA 90231-3665

Phone: (310) 258 9451

Fax: (310) 342 7086

Website: http://www.ierf.org

Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

7101 SW 102nd Avenue

Miami, Florida 33173

Phone: (305) 273 1616

Fax: (305) 273 1338

Website: http://www.jsilny.com

Spantran: The Evaluation Company

2400 Augusta Drive, Suite 451

Houston, TX 77057

Phone: (713) 266 8805

Website: http://www.spantran.com/

World Education Services, Inc.

P.O. Box 5087

New York, NY 10274-5087

Phone: (212) 966 6311

Fax: (212) 739 6100

Website: http://www.wes.org