As of January 2022, a semester abroad in attendance at the National University in San Diego will no longer be possible. More information can be found here.

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Studying at National University in the US

National University is San Diego’s largest private, nonprofit university founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Capt. David Chigos. Our mission is to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 150,000 alumni worldwide.

Why Choose National University?

  • Study abroad, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs available in over 100 fields of study

  • WSCUC accredited

  • Affordable tuition with scholarships available

  • One-class-per-month format with year-round enrollment

  • Flexible on-campus, online, or mixed course options

  • Evening and weekend classes available

National University: Academic calendar

At National University students can embark flexibly every month of the year during their semester abroad.

Most European students start their courses in February or September. Depending on how many ECTS you would like to have credited from your semester abroad at your home university the study duration varies. Students receive 7.5 ECTS per course at National University, which means that they need to complete four courses (=four months) of study in the US to receive 30 ECTS.

Some full degree programs have fixed start dates throughout the year. Bachelor programs take four years, the duration of the Master programs varies according to the study program.

Are you interested in a particular program?
Just contact us and we will happily give you more information on your desired programs.

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San Diego – hometown of National University

San Diego is the second largest city in California and frequently called “America’s Finest City.” Proximity to several stunning beaches allows for great pastimes, such as surfing, diving, sailing, yoga on the beach, biking on the promenade, and many more. San Diego is home to world-class breweries and restaurants featuring global cuisine, as well as many historical sites and national landmarks. Visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo or explore the museums and architecture of Balboa Park. The surrounding area is ideal for road trips to nearby national parks, Disneyland, other theme parks, and the neighboring city of Los Angeles. Find out more about San Diego and the surrounding area.

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Study Abroad US – Scholarships

National University is dedicated to providing global education opportunities for students. NU awards several merit-based scholarships to European students, including international transfer students. Click here to find out more about our scholarships.

Financial Aid

In addition to scholarships, there are other ways to finance studying abroad in the United States, such as student grants (BAföG) or student loans by KfW. Students at National University are also allowed to work on campus with their F-1 visa. However, campus jobs are mainly given to students who are completing a full bachelor’s or master’s degree program.

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Tuition fees at National University

At National University, international and local students pay the same tuition costs. Tuition is dependent on whether you take courses in a bachelor’s or master’s program and is due prior to the start of each term.
Please find more information on current tuition fees here.

Living in San Diego

Most European students live in shared flats or private student residences within walking distance to great beaches, such as Pacific Beach, while other students are drawn to downtown San Diego near historic Old Town and the Gaslamp Quarter. There are many beautiful neighborhoods in San Diego, each with something unique to offer to international students. Living with an American host family can also be organized by the National University upon request.

National University Ambassadors

National University Student Ambassadors have spent time studying abroad at our university in the U.S. and know National University like the back of their hand. Ambassadors will be happy to answer all your questions and give you first-hand tips on living and studying in San Diego. Get in touch with our National University Ambassadors here.

Studying in San Diego was a great experience. I have improved my academic and English skills and through the study format of the National University got to know culture, country and people.

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Start your application now

Do you want to be part of National University? The International Student Office is happy to assist you. Take the first step toward studying abroad in the U.S. by contacting us today to start the application process.

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