Since 1971, National University (NU) has been dedicated to meeting the needs of our students by providing accessible, affordable, and achievable higher education opportunities. Since its founding, the NU community has grown to 25,000 students (400 international students from over 40 countries) and 175,000 alumni worldwide. Many of our alumni serve in helping industries such as business, public health, health care, cybersecurity, computer science, and management.
NU has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission WASC Senior Colleges and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1977, the same body that accredits all major universities and colleges in the western United States. Additionally, we hold accreditations with; ABET, CAE IAE, CEPH, and IACBE among many others.
A pioneer in online education, NU has offered online classes for over 20 years, as well as classes on our campuses in San Diego California. With over 75 programs (35 on-campus programs for international students) and flexible four-week classes designed to help students reach their goals we invite you to pursue your degree from NU and immerse yourself in the energetic and welcoming Southern California lifestyle. With campuses located in sunny San Diego, you will find an array of fascinating and diverse people, foods, languages, and activities right outside your door.
Scholarships & funding
International Student Scholarship for Prospective Students
The International Student Scholarship is available to prospective international students at National University. Each applicant must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for consideration. The students selected for this scholarship will be awarded tuition reimbursement for 50% of the first four courses in their academic program.
International Student Leadership Scholarship for Current International Students
The International Student Leadership Scholarship is available to international students currently enrolled at National University. Each applicant must demonstrate extraordinary leadership in either academics or community service for consideration. The students selected for this scholarship will be awarded tuition reimbursement for 50% of two courses of their current academic program.
Explore 75+ programs and 4-week classes at National University. Scholarships available!
Why study at National University
Our course structure is built to make earning your degree accesible and achievable, one month at a time.
50+ Degree Programs
Whether you're looking to move up in your career or make a change, our degrees are designed to help you make a direct impact in your field
Online and On-Campus
We know your life may not happen on a 9-5 schedule so we offer online classes as well as campus-based programs in San Diego California
Earn your degree from a reputable private nonprofit that's accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission
National University is in the Top 10 Countries to Study Abroad
Awards & Accreditations
WASC Senior College and University Commission
CEPH Council on Education in Public Health
IACBE International Accreditation Council for Business Education
ABET Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
CAE IAE Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education
US News #95 Regional Universities West
Student services & facilities
In addition to the standard university resources, the International Student Services team works with external vendors to provide resource options and guidance to meet everyday student life needs.
- Writing and math tutoring services
- Career services
- Student wellness & accessibility services
National University truly cares about the campus life of our international students. We offer monthly events, student development workshops, and other peer networking opportunities.
Please contact the International Student Services department on your campus for further details.
National University has several off-campus housing options for our international students. The majority of our international students live with a host family in homestay, however we can also assist with information regarding other off-campus options as well. To secure your housing accommodations contact an International Student Services representative at least one month prior to your arrival.
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