Students from over 140 countries are among the more than 60,000 student-athletes who play in the NAIA each year.
Follow these steps 10 to become one of them!
You should register as early as possible, but no later than two months prior to when you will begin classes at an NAIA school. The registration fee for international students is U.S. $120.
To prevent delays in receiving a determination, you will need to enter complete and accurate information about all your sports experiences and all institutions you have attended.
Register early to take the SAT or ACT exam. Specify the code “9876” when registering for the exam to have the test scores sent directly to the NAIA Eligibility Center. Please register with the NAIA Eligibility Center before having your test scores sent.
Students not on an NAIA Short List may experience delays in receiving an eligibility determination. To avoid delays, provide your future NAIA coach with your NAIA ID#, visible in the upper right corner of your registration page when you are logged in. It is the responsibility of your NAIA coach to add you to his or her Short List.
|Documents Required by Country|
If you have questions, contact the NAIA Eligibility Center before sending academic records by calling 1-816-595-8300 or emailing ECinternational@naia.org.
Directly upon completion of secondary school ask your institution(s) to send a school stamped copy of your original language secondary school leaving certificate, diploma, certificates or exam results along with all corresponding transcripts/academic records. If you have already concluded high school/secondary school, immediately request the school send the NAIA Eligibility Center these school stamped copies.
For specific information on what is required for students from your country, download Documents Required by Country.
Ask your post-secondary institution(s) (universities) to send an official copy of your transcripts/academic records directly to the NAIA Eligibility Center, including records for all coursework attempted at the institution at the conclusion of your most recent term. If you have already concluded studies at the university, request the official documentation to be sent to the NAIA Eligibility Center now.
Have an additional copy of all final academic records translated by an official, certified translator (if applicable), then send the translations to the NAIA Eligibility Center.
Respond to emails, phone calls or requests for additional information required by the NAIA Eligibility Center. Failing to respond to NAIA Eligibility Center requests will delay your eligibility decision.
Be proactive about checking your online profile. That is your place for the most up-to-date information regarding the status of your eligibility.
1.) International Student Guide to The NAIA Eligibility Center
This is your guide to understanding the NAIA Eligibility Center. The guide contains the most commonly asked questions, and it will help you through the eligibility determination process.
3.) Documents Required by Country
This resource lists what documents are required for your specific country to complete your eligibility determination.
|This is an online directory of the standards applied to international students in the NAIA. These guides include what documents determine high school graduation, how GPAs are calculated, class rank specifications and types of post-secondary institutions.|
5.) Additional Resources
Find information on UK-specific questions, Passports and Visas, the I-20 process, financial aid, transcript evaluation services, college athletic scholarships and general information about studying in the US an as international student.
6.) Important Definitions
Here you can learn definitions that help you navigate the eligibility process
7.) Questions? The NAIA Eligibility Center staff can be reached by phone or email Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. U.S. Central Time. The U.S. country code is “1.” Call 1-816-595-8300 or email ECinternational@naia.org. You can also receive updates about the international student eligibility process by subscribing to our newsletter.