Earn Your Degree, Experience the World

Pursue your degree from National University, and immerse yourself in the energetic and welcoming Southern California lifestyle. With campuses located in sunny San Diego and vibrant Los Angeles, you will find an array of fascinating and diverse people, foods, languages, and activities, right outside your door.


Whether you’re traveling from near or far, you’ll receive a world-class education and a world-class experience.

Earn your degree in a major metropolitan U.S. city that embraces individuals from all over the globe. San Diego and Los Angeles have something for everyone—bright lights, sparkling beaches, renowned museums, cultural landmarks, and endless opportunity.


Founded in 1971, National University is among the largest private, nonprofit universities in California. National University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in business and management, accounting, engineering and computing, health and human services, professional studies, arts and humanities, language and more.

A degree from National University opens the door to a world of opportunity. It’s not just the degree. It’s the degree to which you use it. With a diverse student body, and faculty and advisors committed to your success, you will graduate well-prepared to go fulfill your dreams.


Our Faculty

Our faculty are recognized for their accomplishments within academia and the workplace. More than 80 percent of full-time faculty hold the highest-level degree in their field of expertise.


National University has been accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) since 1977, the same body that accredits all major universities and colleges in the western United States.

Campus Life

Both campuses are centrally located with access to downtown, state beaches, museums, parks, and more. You will be able to enjoy a number of fun activities on campus and off campus while taking a break from studies, including:

  • A welcome orientation
  • Educational field trips
  • Sight-seeing excursions
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Monthly networking events
  • Local sporting events

Student Services

As an international student, you will have access to resources and support services to help you along your path toward graduation. Advisors are available to provide pre-arrival assistance— like degree advisement, English language requirements, and home-stay options—and post-arrival assistance, like academic monitoring and steps to graduation.

The Language Institute at National University

The National University English Language Programs (ELPs) offer you the opportunity to improve your English language proficiency, develop academic English skills, and satisfy TOEFL and IELTS requirements.



San Diego, CA

San Diego is known as “America’s Finest City,” a reputation it has earned for its 70 miles of breathtaking coastline, beautiful weather, cultural sites, and year-round outdoor activities. It is central for the high-tech, bio-tech, telecommunications, pharmaceutical industries, and more.


  • Second largest city in California
  • One of the most livable and safest cities in the U.S.
  • Host of the world-famous San Diego Zoo
  • Home to the U.S. Olympic Training Center


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Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles is a melting pot of world cultures that inspires new trends and creativity in both personal and professional pursuits. The city is home to a number of world-renowned museums, scenic beaches, and iconic landmarks, and is a world leader in international business.


  • Second largest city in the U.S.
  • California’s largest city
  • Largest employment market in California
  • World-class cultural attractions & more museums than any city in the U.S.


My experience at National University has been remarkable. I made many good friends and I have gained a lot of experience. The staff was so nice and really helpful. They made me feel really welcome and at home. The classes are made to fit with each student’s educational goals and the professors are extremely professional. The atmosphere is something that is unforgettable. The diversity was something that was very interesting. You’ll be making friends from people around the world. Choose National University and you won’t regret it. It was the best decision I ever made in my life." headshot of PiyaratRatchanipak

PiyaratRatchanipak Thailand, Master of Arts Human Resource Management

I am having an amazing and unforgettable experience at National University, which has given me the opportunity to improve my personal and professional skills. I really like the way my academic program is organized. I think that having the ability to take one class per month allows students to better focus on a subject, learn new concepts, and gain essential skills for a future career.” headshot of Giovanni Disanto

Giovanni Disanto, Italy, MBA Marketing

When I first arrived in the U.S., I arranged to stay with an American family. I am now in a homestay and the family I am living with is really great. They are so nice to me. I enjoy the food and have a good relationship with my “international family”. I think homestay is very good for international students when they arrive. I highly recommend this option to all students.” headshot of Ling Zhang

Ling Zhang, China, Master of Business Administration

What I like most about National University is the flexibility of the academic program and the one-course-per-month schedule that NU offers. This kind of intensive schedule helped me to focus better in the topics and grasp the academic content in order to succeed. I would definitely recommend National University to my colleagues, not only because of the effectiveness and learning efficiency of NU’s academic schedule, but also because of the great services for international students such as a writing center, career center and resume development.” headshot of Mona Tarahomy

Mona Tarahomy, Germany, MBA Financial Management