International Students


At Olivet, you will be among a student body made up of more than 2,600 men and women representing 40 U.S. states, several world areas and more than 40 religious denominations.

This International Guide is designed to help you make a smooth transition to Olivet Nazarene University. If you have any questions along the way, please don’t hesitate to contact Darlene Swanson, Director of International Student Services.

"I've worked with our international students for almost 10 years. It brings me great joy to help these students reach their academic goals & dreams of studying in the U.S.  It's a pleasure to get to know the international students & learn about their culture, as they learn about ours." Darlene Swanson, PDSO

Get Started!

The first step is to complete the online application.

Application Process

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Freshman Housing


With campus just 50 miles south of Chicago, Olivet students are only a quick car or train ride away from the third largest city in the United States.

Take a walk along the sprawling Lake Michigan shoreline. See a play or hear the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ride the 150-foot tall Ferris wheel at Navy Pier. Stroll Chicago’s Magnificent Mile and visit the finest shops, galleries and restaurants the Midwest has to offer.

And with the Cubs, White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Fire and Wolves, Chicago is a sports fanatic’s dream destination!

Areas of Study

You won’t find yourself sitting passively listening to lectures. Olivet offers a dynamic, engaging, interactive experience designed to empower you to achieve your goals in life — whether it’s getting into an elite graduate or medical school, or stepping into that dream career.

STEM Majors

Engineering,  Math, Computer Science/Technology, Actuarial Science, Biology/Zoology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Environmental Science

Current CPT & OPT Students


Making sure that financial matters are taken care of is a very important part of the process of applying to a college or university in the United States. School officials must certify that the applicant has demonstrated ability to pay for the costs of his or her education without resorting to unauthorized employment. Limited financial assistance may be available for international students. 

For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Undergraduate Costs


Beginning September 1, 2004, a new United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule went into effect. This rule requires F-1 visa applicants to pay a one-time fee of $350 to supplement the administration and maintenance costs of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

For more information on the SEVIS fee, visit this governmental website or download this informational PDF.

Health Insurance

The matter of health insurance coverage for foreign students enrolled in the U.S. is of great importance. Without health care coverage, a student who incurs medical expenses would generally not be able to pay for them out of his or her own resources.

Olivet Nazarene University has contracted with the International Medical Group (IMG) to provide health care coverage for our international students. Electing insurance with the Olivet provider is required for admission and enrollment at Olivet. Upon arrival, the student needs to be prepared to pay a health insurance premium per year which will be added to the school expenses and must be paid prior to the final day for registration. This premium is a part of the expected financial cost of attending ONU as listed on the student’s I-20 documentation.


Find a list of important forms for your application.

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Need a Job?

Many on-campus jobs are available to current Olivet students. If you are interested in working while you attend school, contact Darlene to start the approval process. Once approved, you can find all available jobs on the Student Employment Facebook page.

Find a Job



Want more information about all the practical experience opportunities available while studying at Olivet? Click the link below to learn about internships, curricular practical training, and more!

Study in the States


Have a question about the admissions process? We're here to help! Email us or contact the Director of International Student Services today!

Darlene Swanson