International students seeking to enrol at the National University of Samoa must apply for admission on the appropriate application form.
International students must have a Temporary Resident Permit to Study before entering Samoa and the offer of place in any NUS programme does not guarantee that a Study Permit will be granted. Applications for a Study Permit cost SAT$300 for the principal applicant and $150 for each dependent. Applicants must supply the following documentation to the Samoa Immigration Division of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

  • A passport valid for minimum of six months after the intended period of stay in Samoa for the principal applicant and any dependents
  • A letter from NUS confirming the offer of a place in an NUS programme
  • If studying under a scholarship, a letter confirming details of the award
  • If a self-supporting student, evidence of accommodation arrangements
  • Evidence of sufficient funds for self-support (typically a copy of a bank statement)
  • If coming to Samoa for more than one year, a medical report and a police report

Permits are issued for a maximum of three years.

Academic or Scientific Research Work

Individuals seeking to come to Samoa under the auspices of the NUS to conduct academic or scientific research must have a Temporary Resident Permit for Academic or Scientific Research before entering Samoa. Applications for a Research Permit cost $600 for the principal applicant and $300 for each dependent. Applicants must supply the following documentation to the Samoa Immigration Division of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet:

  • A passport valid for a minimum of six months after the intended period of stay in Samoa for the principal applicant and any dependents
  • A letter from the applicant's home institution supporting the research
  • A letter from NUS supporting the research
  • Evidence of sufficient funds for self-support and onward travel (typically a copy of a bank statement and plane ticket).

For further information see www.samoaimmigration.gov.ws

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