Supplemental Application Requirements for International Students

The information contained in this document applies to students who, if offered admission, would require an I-20 or DS2019 to enroll in the ABSN, MSN, DNP, or certificate programs. Students applying for consideration to the PhD program should refer to the information provided by the Graduate School.

Application Requirements

In addition to completing the regular admissions requirements, international students are required to submit two additional documents in order to complete the application for admission:

  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Full Education course-by-course report from World Education Service (WES) or a similar evaluation agency
  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International) credential evaluation (Graduate Programs only)
  • CGFNS International Qualifying Exam (Graduate Programs only)

Proof of English Proficiency

Any applicant who does not currently hold a United States permanent resident card (green card) or who has never studied at a U.S. institution must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered through the Educational Testing Service. The TOEFL institution code number for Duke is 5156 (departmental code not needed).

The applicant’s score must not be more than two years old, and an official copy must be sent to Duke University directly from the testing agency. Personal copies, attested, or notarized documents are not acceptable.

It is the policy of the Duke University to consider only those students with a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test), 83 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of 7.0.

Credential Evaluations

All new applicants (international and domestic) are required to provide a course-by-course evaluation of all foreign credentials from one of the external evaluating agencies listed below*. Foreign credentials refer to transcripts from educational institutions outside the United States. When ordering your foreign credential evaluation, please be sure that your grade point average (GPA) is calculated and included in your agency evaluation.

Applicants are required to use one of the following NACES approved agencies:

For students educated outside the United States, the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS International) Qualifying Exam is a prerequisite for taking the Registered Nurse licensing examination in the state of North Carolina and for obtaining nonimmigrant occupational preference visa (H1-A) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. Application materials and information about examination dates and locations are available at

The CGFNS International credential evaluation reports assists the School of Nursing in analyzing educational coursework as well as in determining equivalency to a U.S. nursing program. To submit a request for a credential evaluation visit