Nashville Film Institute is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students in the Full Time Cinema Production Program.

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Admission Requirements for International Students Applying to Nashville Film Institute (NFI)

Applicants seeking to enroll in valid M-1 (Vocational Student Nonimmigrant Alien) status must submit each of the following items:

  • A completed and signed Application for Admission Form including program-specific 1000-word essay. You can submit the Application online at https://my.nfi.edu/application/.
  • A completed and signed Sponsor’s Statement of Financial Support; (This statement is not required if the student is self-sponsored).

  • Official Financial Statements. Financial statements (typically provided by a bank) must verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program as well as all living expenses. The total cost of the program is US$19,800 and the expected cost of living is US$20,000 for 9 months.

  • A US$100 non-refundable application fee. See: http://nfi.edu/pay-reg/ to make payment.

  • A photocopy of the student’s passport to provide proof of birth date and citizenship. (Students outside the United States who have not yet acquired a passport will need to submit a copy of their birth certificate.)

  • For all nonimmigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application: a photocopy of the visa page contained within the student’s passport as well as a photocopy of the student’s I/94 arrival departure record (both sides).

  • For all nonimmigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application in F, M, or J non-immigrant classification: written confirmation of nonimmigrant status at previous school attended before intending to transfer to NFI.

  • Proof of Health Insurance. Students who do not possess health insurance upon applying to NFI must be prepared to purchase health insurance through an approved provider upon commencement of studies.

  • At least one letter of reference completed by someone who can speak to your potential as a student at Nashville Film Institute; up to three references may be submitted. The reference source may not be a friend or relative but should know you through school, work or in a professional capacity.
  • A completed and signed Enrollment Agreement.
  • Official ACT or SAT Scores. International students unable to submit an ACT or a SAT score, please contact the Office of Admissions.
  • Original or official copies of all educational transcripts (secondary school and, if applicable, post-secondary academic records) and diplomas. These educational transcripts and diplomas must be prepared in English or include a complete and official English translation.
  • Official credential evaluation of non-American educational credentials, if applicable. An official credential evaluation of non-American educational credentials must be provided by a member credential evaluator of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (See: naces.org).
  • All educational documents, including credential evaluation results, must be sent directly to NFI by the source (i.e. directly from the secondary or post-secondary school or by the credential evaluator).
  • Proof of English language proficiency as evidenced by one of the following:
  • Completion of K-12 and graduation from an educational system where English is the language of instruction.
  • Completion of post-secondary education (i.e. degree earned) where English is the language of instruction.
  • Completion of English 101 and 102 in a US post-secondary school, with a minimum grade of C.
  • Submission of a TOEFL Score; minimum TOEFL score required is 500 (paper version) or 60 (Internet-based version). Free practice tests are available at http://www.testpreppractice.net/toefl/.

NFI will accept alternative equivalents of TOEFL. These include the following:

  • American College Testing (ACT) English:   17
  • ELS Language Schools: Level  108
  • EF International Language Schools: Level 106
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: 73
    • (Also Known as the MELAB or “Michigan Test”)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): Verbal Score: 420
  • University of Cambridge (U.K.)Local Examinations Syndicate:
    • First Certificate in English: Grade A or B
      (FCE) a.k.a.: Level III
    • Certificate in Advanced English: Grade C (Pass)
      (CAE) a.k.a.: Level IV
    • Certificate in Proficiency of English: Grade C (Pass)
      (CPE) a.k.a.: Level V
  • I.E.L.T.S. (a Cambridge University exam): Level 6

Please contact the Office of Admissions for consideration of another form of English language proficiency.


If accepted, an offer of admission will be extended. The offer of acceptance must be accepted, in writing, and returned to NFI with an enrollment deposit of US$2,000.00, which is applied to the student’s first module’s tuition. If the student is later unable to enroll, this money is refundable; however, a $100 administrative fee is excluded from the refund.

Once an offer of admission is accepted and returned, and the enrollment deposit has been received, NFI will provide final admission documents along with the Form I-20 MN Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (M-1) Student Status – For Vocational Students, and the accepted student is expected to proceed to secure M-1 nonimmigrant status. NFI will provide additional information on the means by which to secure M-1 nonimmigrant status for matriculation and attendance.

Once M-1 nonimmigrant status has been achieved, and an international student matriculates at NFI, full program tuition of US$19,800 is due before the first day of class.